Announcing our Celebration of Courage 2021 Speaker, Natasha Trethewey!

April 7th, 2021

Dear Friends,

I am so pleased to introduce our Celebration of Courage 2021 speaker, Natasha Trethewey!

Natasha Trethewey is a Pulitzer Prize winner who served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014) and in 2020, released Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, Tretheway’s moving memoir of her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of her former stepfather. Memorial Drive was a New York Times Notable Book, one of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020 and named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, and others.
During her second term as United States Poet Laureate, Trethewey’s signature project was a PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, “Where Poetry Lives”. In this series, Trethewey traveled to cities across the United States in order to explore societal issues such as gender-based violence, the civil rights movement, and incarcerated teenagers—all through the prism of poetry, literature, and Trethewey’s own personal experiences.
I hope you will join us on Thursday, June 10th to hear from Natasha, watch the stories of the clients we’ve served this year, and meet our 2021 Champions of Justice. Click here to register for the free virtual event.
With excitement,
Margaret R. Duval
Executive Director
Ascend Justice

New this year, we will have Celebration at Home Boxes – delicious cheese & charcuterie or canape boxes from the Giuseppe Tentori, Chef and Owner of GT Fish & Oyster and GT Prime Steakhouse, along with our signature cocktail, the Spirit of Justice and bottles of wine that you can purchase to enjoy while attending the virtual Celebration of Courage 2021.

Celebration at Home Box recipients are responsible for pick up on June 9th between 10 am and 3 pm at GT Oyster and Fish.

Interested in becoming a Celebration of Courage 2021 sponsor? Sponsorships start at $1,000 and include a variety of benefits. For more information, please email Fawn O’Brien at