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Maya Penn is a 17 year old award-winning eco-designer, artist, philanthropist, activist, entrepreneur, animated filmmaker, coder, illustrator, writer and author of You Got This! She has been featured in countless publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The View, NPR,CNN, TIME, Essence Magazine, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, O Magazine, The Steve Harvey Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many, many more. Maya has given three TEDTalks and her latest TEDWomen Talk has gone viral worldwide and with almost 2 million views and growing. She is known as the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks. Maya has been chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of her Supersoul 100 influencers. Google has partnered with Maya to speak to girls about coding and computer science at their Made With Code events. Magic Johnson chose Maya to be featured in his 32 Under 32 article series.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salute to Greatness Dinner 2014

I attended the King Center's Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner for my second year! :)

This annual event honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family. This year, in addition to the Observance of the 85th birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and the 28th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Holiday, it was the 51st  anniversary of Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech. The 2014 Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner honored Muhammad Ali, Xerox Inc., Pakistani anti-violence advocate Khalida Brohi and One Billion Rising and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler.

Me and my beautiful friend and she-ro Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and founder of One Billion Rising.
My new friend and Pakistani anti-violence advocate Khalida Brohi, Me, and my mom. :)
Me and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. It was great to see him again!

It was great seeing my friend Megan Smith again! We both spoke at TEDWomen 2013. I also got to meet Father Frank, and Megan's two sons. :)

The amazing night was ended with me and many other amazing honorees and activists on stage singing "We shall overcome"

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