In this episode, Sylvia and I discuss how personal experiences led her to begin the nonprofit, Celebrating Life Foundation. We discuss breast cancer in Black women, healing, early prevention and resources for support. Sylvia shares how helping others find their voice through transparency is the key to healing.
Sylvia Dunnavant Hines is an author, photographer, speaker, breast cancer advocate and an ordained minister. She has a communications degree with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mrs. Hines has had the privilege of studying under world renowned speaker, Les Brown. She is also the founder of the Celebrating Life Foundation.
The Celebrating Life Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to making breast cancer powerless by educating, encouraging and empowering those most impacted by the disease.
The organization has also worked with major corporations across the country and has assisted health education projects in the Virgin Islands, and Ghana.
Mrs. Hines’ work, Celebrating Life: African American Women Speak Out About Breast Cancer, has been recognized with national and state awards.
In October of 2013 she and New York based artist, Wilhelmina Grant opened their exhibit – Transformation and Triumph at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit was on display for 4 months and continues to travel around the country. Mrs. Hines is currently working on the second version of her breast cancer book, Still Celebrating Life, and journal for cancer survivors, Love Notes: Encouraging Words to Survivors from Survivors.
She is the owner of Chocolate Diamond Publishing Company, LLC. Her moto is to give a voice to the voiceless.
Mrs. Hines resides in the Dallas, Texas area with her husband James Hines.