The New Pittsburgh Courier’s most recent Woman of Excellence Legacy honoree says Stand Up, be counted and get involved. Bev Smith, host of “The Bev Smith Show” is hosting “A Challenge to African American Women.” On Aug. 28-31 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown, Smith is challenging African-American women around the world to join her and her special guests to plot a course of action to take back our communities and our families by focusing on health, education, employment and spirituality.

The multiple day event will feature a vendor exhibit hall, town hall meeting and opening evening event, luncheons, political power workshops, an evening river cruise, a gala and challenge awards. On board for the challenge is Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist and nutritional specialist. Gala speaker will be Iyanla Van Zant, author and creator of “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” There will be other local and national guests of note: Helen Davis, MD; Cecile Springer; Margaret Pettigrew, MD; and Tonya Hart. Also Victoria Rowell, April Ryan, Valerie Njie and Charma Dudley, PhD.

Smith is a native of Pittsburgh and has had a varied colorful and varied career working in an industry that has provided her with a front row seat to interview some of the world’s most prominent leaders, top politicians and CEOs, high profile entertainers and celebrities, community organizers, and good, old fashioned, grass roots, hardworking folks. Throughout the years, “The Bev Smith Show” has raised money for hurricane victims in New Orleans, LA; poverty-stricken Haitians; and for African-Americans living on a modern day plantation in Mississippi. Smith has lived with the homeless, talked with inmates on death row, and established herself as a consumer advocate for the people. Smith has appeared as an anchor on CNN and as a guest panelist on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and FOX News.

For up to the minute information and conference announcements visit the website. Smith says your participation will help to create a community plan of action, which will be presented to the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in September 2013, and a portion of your sponsorship dollars will benefit the Bev Smith Learning Center and River Industries Training Center (RIC).

RIC was founded by Charlene R. McAbee, Esq., and Cheryl R. McAbee, Esq., as a female-operated nonprofit 501 (c) (3) entity. It is the fiscal sponsor for the first Bev Smith Show Challenge to African American Women conference. RIC’s focus is to train unemployed, underemployed and at risk youth and adults, which is in keeping with the educational purposes of the Bev Smith Learning Center. The McAbee sisters, together known as the “McAbee Factor,” can be heard bimonthly on the nationally syndicated “The Bev Smith Show.” The McAbee sisters are well known in the Civil Rights Movement and the green environmental movement and have been recognized for their accomplishments.

Tune in to “The Bev Smith Show” online at WGCV 620.

Conference tickets are $325 per person, if you are a group of 10 tickets are $250 each. For more information, contact River Industries at 1-855-TELL-BEV (1-855-835-5238) or email:


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