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Emmy-nominated actress and author Victoria Rowell was the special guest of the MSU Libraries on Friday, November 2, 2007, as she signed and read from her new book, The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir, That began at 10:00am in Mitchell Memorial Library’s John Grisham Room.

Winner of eleven NAACP Image Awards, Rowell has starred in numerous theatrical and television productions including “Diagnosis Murder,” “The Cosby Show,” and “The Young and the Restless.” Raised in foster care for 18 years, Rowell is an active advocate for foster children, founding in 1990 the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP), a program created to give aid to families and children in many areas, including fine arts, higher education and healthcare.

Rowell appeared for this special presentation and reading at MSU Libraries in conjunction with the SonEdna Foundation of Charleston, MS. Created by the husband and wife team of Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley-Lee, the SonEdna Foundation presents great literature by writers from across the country, seeking to build on Mississippi’s strong literary tradition to support literacy and to enhance the cultural opportunities of the Delta region. Since its inception in 2006, the SonEdna Foundation has presented over a dozen writers, drawing audience members from as far away as New Orleans and Atlanta.

While at MSU Libraries, Rowell announced the kick-off of Loose Change for Change, a fundraising effort she’s creating to benefit children interested in the Arts. Loose Change for Change is a grassroots philanthropic effort to encourage students to support the arts, with the thought that no matter how small the donation the outcome will be great and will benefit everyone. The idea for Loose Change for Change stemmed from students at a private school’s putting together their loose change to help an underprivileged child take piano lessons. The students raised $1,500 dollars, and to show his appreciation the child performed a recital for the school.

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MSU Libraries will be accepting donations to Loose Change for Change at least through March, which is Youth in the Arts Month.

For more information on this and on Loose Change for Change, please contact Lyle Tate at 325-2559. For more information on Victoria Rowell, her memoir and the RFCPP, please visit her website at

Photos of the event can be found here.

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