Thursday, August 11 2022

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women presents A Cause for Celebration 2021 and the world premiere of the CD Conviction: Songs of Faith from Women in Prison

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, October 6, 2021 / – Tuesday October 12 from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., Interfaith Ministry of Prisons for Women (IPMW) will present A cause of celebration 2021 and the world premiere of the Conviction: Songs of Hope from Women in Prison CD, featuring powerful songs written by women while incarcerated in a North Carolina prison and funded by 288 people through a March 2020 Kickstarter campaign.

This hybrid event will feature both live and recorded music, videos, powerful stories and the second annual Hope Awards honoring three inspiring civic leaders: the staff of the Local Re-entry Council from Wake County from Capital Area Workforce Development, Dennis Gaddy from Community Success Initiative and local leader Jean Suber. The event will take place in person in the beautiful Rose Garden at the Raleigh Little Theater and will be webcast.

IPMW is a 41-year-old Raleigh-based nonprofit that provides women with the tools and support they need to heal, grow and thrive both in prison and in the communities they return to. The organization works in and around the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Facility, providing chaplaincy services, transition education and reintegration support to women determined to improve their lives and the lives of their children. The IPMW operates four post-release reintegration homes for women through the Women’s Reintegration Project, which was launched in 2020 with a generous investment from the local Anonymous Trust.

According to CEO Jennifer C. Jackson, “This event will provide a window into the lives of women who are too often invisible, ignored and therefore ignored. Women have been the fastest growing segment of the prison population over the past decade. We believe this event will inform, educate and inspire by raising the voice of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women through music and other forms of creativity and resilience. “

Joining IPMW for this event are Durham restaurateur, songwriter and actor Mike Rae Anderson as emcee, and members of the songwriter group who wrote the catalog of powerful songs featured on the album. Entrance to the event is free. All donations will benefit the work of the Interfaith Ministry of Prisons for Women. Registration for the virtual event is required to receive the event link. Visit or email [email protected] for more information.

A brief history
The first Conviction concert took place at the Goody Gadwin Theater at Raleigh Little Theater in April 2017. In 2018, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women partnered with Duke University Chapel for a presentation of Conviction 2018: Songs of Faith from Women in Prison . Now having the voices of these women available in this recorded format is a rare opportunity made possible by supporters of the IPMW. The release of this CD has been delayed in 2020 due to Covid-19, and we are now grateful to be able to share this project with the wider community, as well as to support the work of the association that made it possible. .


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