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Patience's Message to Donors:
"Thank you so much for choosing to invest in me! I've worked so hard to get this point physically, emotionally, and spiritually! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to walk across that stage to compete in Nationals, but I need you guys to help me get there!
I want to use this platform to bring awareness to gun violence, in hopes that --we --as a nation can reduce so many senseless acts of violence. I am a victim of gun violence, I was shot in both of my legs during a mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Fl on June 12th. My experience has made me want to make sure guns don't get into the hands of the wrong people.
As Miss Black America I plan to continue the work of advocating for stricter gun laws. In addition, I want to educate communities on hate crimes, and mental health issues. Guns may be the weapon, but there's a person behind it pulling the trigger. We need to discuss every facet of the issues plaguing our communities in order to see real change! And the conversation starts NOW! So please donate anything you can to help me get to Nationals, so I can use my platform to be an agent for --Real--change. God Bless You! And thank you in advance!"
MORE ABOUT THE CONTESTANT:
Patience Carter is not only a singer, actress, poet, and aspiring journalist, she is a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida, on June 12th, the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. History since 9/11. Patience, a senior at NYU studying Media, Culture, and Communication, is a proud scholar of the Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media and a former intern at Fox 29 News in Philadelphia. In order to continue her fight to end senseless acts of violence, Patience created the ”Have Patience Foundation,” which will raise awareness about gun control and help educate citizens on terrorism in America. After experiencing the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, she realized it is important to shed light on these issues, despite how uncomfortable the conversations may be. She also realized that listening to people’s stories is important, so she is currently developing a documentary-style TV series with a producer that works closely with OWN network that celebrates young survivors of major tragedies for their bravery and strength.
Along with the pleasure of meeting former President Barack Obama, Patience has sat down with a countless number of U.S. officials to speak about gun control, terrorism, and mental health issues in America. In recognition of her determined efforts to raise awareness and make changes, she was selected by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs to be the Victim Representative for a hearing in 2016. Mayor Joseph P. Ganim awarded Patience with the Key to the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. She also received a special recognition certificate from Connecticut Senator, Richard Blumenthal, for her extraordinary dedication and exemplary efforts to reduce violence. The Teen Choice Awards presented Patience with their Courage Award in 2016. And last but not least, former Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York
officially recognized July 31st as “Patience Carter Day,” last year. Patience continues to speak out about her experience and hopes to do her part to make our shared world a better place.
More info on Patience Carter:
Patience Featured in Teen Vogue
Patience Featured on Billboard!
Patience Featured on Iyanla Vanzant: Fix Your Life
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Instagram -- @PatienceCarter
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