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AARP announced its 10 2023 Purpose Prize fellows, all nonprofit founders, who will receive $10,000 for their organization which includes Montana-based Founder and Executive Director of The Montana Racial Equity Project, Judith Heilman.

The one-of-a-kind national award honors people age 50-plus who have proven that they are using their knowledge and life experience to make a difference.

BOZEMAN, MT – The Board of Directors of The Montana Racial Equity Project (MTREP) has announced the retirement of its Founding Executive Director, Judith Heilman, effective June 30, 2022.

It is, and always has been, hazardous to be a Black person in America. Our lives are at risk while grocery shopping, while walking, while driving, while jogging, while bird watching, while studying, while praying, while sleeping, while working, and countless other manners of existing.

The white supremacist gunman in Buffalo engaged in racially motivated violent extremism, murdered ten Black people, and injured three others while they were grocery shopping and working. He plotted and carried out this massacre because he was convinced that a cabal was plotting the overtaking of white people by racial and religious minorities in America.