I spent most of my life thus far feeling too young to "be good" at anything, and then one day suddenly felt "too old" for my dreams to come true. Age activism is important not just to bring awareness to the age discrimination that happens in our society (especially for women), but also in our own negative self-talk. I'm on a path to see me for me, and not defined by my age, and it's time to honor everyone for whom they are and to celebrate their ages, rather than marginalize
them for wrinkles or other signs of agin
J D Fuller
JD Fuller is African American LCSW in private practice, an activist, writer, podcaster and an educator. As a Diversity Coach and Consultant JD advocates for equity and inclusion because she is passionate about changing the narrative. JD's lifetime of learning and commitment to teaching about and advocating for others spans over the course of an extensive and wide-ranging career. Her life experiences have informed her professional practice.
J.Denise Fuller MSW LCSW
Change The Narrative
Black Lives Matter
“The Age March is a landmark event to heighten the awareness of ageism in our society. Unfortunately, age discrimination often falls under the radar even as our aging population suffers from a lack of respect and unfair workplace practices. Women, especially, face the double whammy of sexism and ageism, and are often marginalized and forced out of the workplace, as they show visible signs of aging. This has to stop! The Age March will bring together men and women of all ages to celebrate and honor our age and let the world know, we’re not done yet!”
Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed, is a certified coach, speaker, host of Badass Women At Any Age podcast, Forbes contributing writer and published author. Her second book, Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Their Workplace Power, focuses on how women 50+ can defy ageist assumptions and stay marketable and keep their jobs. www.BonnieMarcusLeadership.com
As the youngest of three, having two older brothers I grew up feeling inferior not just to my siblings but to others that I chose to be friends with. For a good portion of my life, I am now 70, I strived to be like the individuals I felt subordinate to. However, a light went off inside my brain over the past ten years that woke me up to the message it is never too late to be the best version of yourself and so I wake up each day moving in a positive and forward motion. On my path of recognizing my attributes, I believe I am helping at least one person at a time to free themselves from the negative voices that echo in our heads. Today I am a better friend, sibling, wife, mother, recognizing and accepting me for me!
My educational background includes a Master’s Licensure in Communications and Technology and I am using my skills as the producer and recording engineer for newclevelandradio.net. “We are Not Just Cleveland”
"Let’s come together to shift the perception on aging and recognize the untapped wisdom and mastery available throughout every stage of life. It is imperative that we unite to celebrate diversity. Stand with us and against Ageism on March 27th."
The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s.
"It is time the visuals and narratives we are given as women were updated to reflect the reality of aging. We need to be allowed to age with power and not fear. We are living longer and healthier and it is time to normalize what aging looks like especially for women. The Age March lets us begin to lift the limitations placed on us and show the possibilities for positive aging. Thank you Barbara Rose Brooker for giving people the opportunity to be part of changing Ageism, join the Age March on March 27h., Stephanie O'Dell"
Celebrate The Gray is a company that offers styling and inspiration to the 50+ woman. Celebrate The Gray also offers consulting and models so brands/companies can authentically represent the 50+ woman.
"In recent decades, we’ve made a lot of progress against sexism, racism, and homophobia. It’s high time to add ageism to that toxic mix and mobilize against it. What better way to do so than to come together in the streets of San Francisco on March 27th to March for Age Equality. Be there!", Ashton Applewhite
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She has been internationally recognized as an expert on ageism, speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.
"Recognizing, acknowledging and fighting ageism is imperative in America. We need to stand for the unique value of each person regardless of sex, race or AGE! Elder rights are human rights.", Renee McKenna
Renee McKenna was the lead organizer of San Francisco Women’s March, a peaceful gathering of 100,000 standing for social justice, diversity and inclusion in response to the 2016 Election of Donald Trump. The SF Women’s March was one of over 700 Marches worldwide on January 21, 2017. Renee works as s therapist, healer and spiritual teacher in the Bay Area.
Renee McKenna, MA, CCH, Spiritual Psychology - http://reneemckenna.com/
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Renee McKenna, MA, CCH
"Social connection is at the center of what is means to live and age well. It one of the strongest predictors of longevity. Those who enter midlife and feel it as a time of rebirth & growth are the ones who nurtured their connections to themselves, their families, their partners and their communities throughout the decades of getting there. What lives at the crux as some of the most defining & pivotal connections are those intergenerational ones; those that are reciprocal, non judgmental and inspiring. Intergenerational connections offer a unique two sided window to the truths and wisdom of a life well lived, well loved & how to evolve both to be young at heart & old in soul. The Age March does just this. It is an ideal example of how to connect intergenerationally and the kind of initiative that can empower & inspire people regardless of age" Brittany Fleck
Innovation Specialist I The Hatchery, AARP
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Erica Holmes, PsyD is an Associate Program Chair and the Director of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization in the Master’s in Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles, Executive Director of Champion Counseling Center and the founder of HOMMs Consulting. Dr. Holmes has provided psychotherapy and counseling, training and consultation, education and research services to individuals and organizations for over 20 years.
Dr. Holmes is a frequent invited speaker at local, national and international conferences and media events. Her areas of inquiry and more than 150 presentations focus on psychological trauma, relationships and coupling, equity, belonging and empowerment, psychotherapy with African American clients and the integration of Christianity and Psychology.
Over the years working as a psychologist, she chose to place herself in areas of greatest need. Dr. Holmes chose to relinquish the sanctity and security offered by many work environments: opting instead to work with historically underserved, marginalized and oppressed individuals, families, and children. Many professionals are not up to the challenge of such intensive and demanding work; however, in her desire to increase access to care and maximize impact, the choice was simple.
Her recently released book, Dating with Purpose (DWP): A Single Woman’s Guide to Escaping No Man’s Land has been met with great enthusiasm and positive review. DWP guides women of all ages through a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment on the path to finding the love they desire. The first workbook of its kind, Dating with Purpose includes a series of easy-to-follow reflective exercises designed to bring awareness to the patterns and behaviors that set up roadblocks to happiness in intimate relationships. It is now available on Amazon.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Behavioral Science from California State University Dominguez Hills, as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Further, Dr. Holmes holds post graduate certifications in the Psychology of Trauma from Antioch University and Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and past board member for the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Black Psychologist.
Erica Holmes, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist , Educator, Speaker, Consultant and Author
Rhonda Hansome is an African-American stand-up comedian, writer, director, and actress. She has appeared on Louie, Saturday Night Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Arsenio Hall, Evening at the Improv, Showtime at the Apollo and The Joan Rivers Show.
stand-up comedian, writer, director, and actress
“During my life In art, journalism and business, transitioning from one of the youngest people in the room to one of the oldest, I’ve learned, to quote, the late Aaliyah, “Age ain’t nothin but a number.” Creative is creative. Curiosity does not recognize an age.. Be you 18–83, we can all participate. The Age March promotes this inclusiveness.”
“What a movement. What an idea. What a gift for everyone, everywhere, to be reminded that age is JUST a number and you are a shining light no matter how old or young you are! That’s why I had NO problem sharing my age . I’m proud of it!”
Has been enjoying a long career of speech and presentation writing, giving one-of-a-kind workshops on the art of writing a perfect love letter, and is the host of the talk show Love Letters Live.
Love Letters Live Talk Show
Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., N.C.C.C. Her book, Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50 provides mature applicants with the critical information they will need to successfully navigate today’s competitive job market. Eileen is an active contributor to the Huffington Post, writing job search articles for Huff/Post 50. Eileen is the host of the popular radio show, Feisty Side of Fifty Radio.
Ageism, like any “ism,” is divisive and focuses on differences rather than what we share being human. AgeEquality asks us to lay down our prejudices about youth, middle age, and older adults to relate instead, to a person as a summation of their unique personality, experience, talents and interests.
Instead of viewing people through the viewfinder of age, AgeEquality is a movement that believes that age is a very poor measure of a person’s worth – in fact, they are two unrelated concepts.
So we ask people to throw away the glasses of prejudice and replace them with the clarity of a new vision of the uniqueness of each individual for who they are - not their age, whether it’s 16 or 96. This is how we can improve our culture as a whole, our workplaces, our interactions, and to access the untapped creativity and intelligence of the entire person.
Candiece Milford is the Managing Director of Marketing for Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco and has worked in the aging space for over a decade. She is a passionate AgeEquality advocate, has participated in the Commonwealth Club’s “Grown Ups Forum for 10 years,” a participant and sponsor of Mary Furlong’s “Boomer Summit,” and has participated in past Age Marchs.
VICTOR GABRIEL, A young African American fillmmaker. IN OUR RACIST AMERICA, where black men and women are murdered by police daily and never made accountable, Victor has risen from EXTREME VIOLENCE POVERTY, FROM trauma to triumph. He has AN MA IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, AN MFA IN FILM FROM THE, FIT INSTITUTE OF FILM. HIS FILM BLACK BOYS CAN’T CRY, MADE ME CRY. THIS TINY SILENT FILM POWERFULLY, EMOTIONALLY, SAYS IT ALL. IT SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO CALL THEMSELVES GOOD CHRISTIANS, GOOD AMERICANS, ARE STILL SLAVE OWNERS.
Elise Marie Collins
"Age March represents a critical moment in the fight against "othering" older adults. Please join me in participating in AgeMarch, a celebration, and inclusionary act to instigate outdated prejudices and limiting beliefs about aging."
Elise Marie Collins is an intergenerational yoga instructor, health coach, and author with a master's in gerontology from USC. Her mission is to transform how Americans age and her book Super Ager is an Amazon bestseller. Elise also co-wrote a chapter on centenarians for a geriatric medical textbook.
Francee Covington is a five-time EMMY nominee. A retired TV producer, director and writer of news, documentaries and public affairs programs, she worked at major stations in New York, Boston and San Francisco. She led her eponymous video production company for more than twenty years.
Her published work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, PEN, and anthologies including The Black Woman, edited by Toni Cade Bambara, which includes the work of Alice Walker, Nikki Giovani, and Audre Lorde, as well as the anthologies, Endangered Species, Enduring Values and Civil Liberties United edited by Shizue Seigel. She has just completed completed her first novel.
Deborah Greenspan-OWNER of BreezeWay Books. A publishing company.“Breezeway makes publishing easy for the writer. We do everything except write the book--from editing to publishing and distribution setup. When it’s all done and author-approved, we set it up for distribution in the author’s name, so the author gets all the royalties.”
"This agemarch movement is important for all of us who live no matter to what age. It's how age is treated."
Lisa McCabe: Designer, stylist, entrepenuer. She is in her fifties. She supports agemarch movement for all the world to have equal age rights.
"Age enriches our stories and gives us the freedom and audacity to try new things. By contrast Ageism is an outdated anachronism that attempts to silence a large part of the world's population and should be banished to the footnotes of history." Go Age March Go!"
Vivien Zielin is a Brit who set up a quirky store in London's Carnaby Street, specializing in English china and giftware. She has worked in education, interior design and the media and has traveled the world and at seventy plus recently published her first book "Eyeballing Big Croc: Chasing Dreams Around The World."
"This movement is important. Age is only moment to moment and living life and celebrating our moments. And our self."
"This AgeMarch will help to stop the age segregation that I experience and view, every day. A step to a world-wide movement."
Bonny Osterman: Writer, Rescues dogs.
"Ageism affects all of us no matter what age. AgeMarch will help integrate all ages into our culture."
Grace, Aliyah Trimble, 21 Year Old Twins.
Grace, Aliyah Trimble
Kristi Royce. Author/Coach/Found of KLR Consulting: Inspiring Success in Your Leaders and Teams: She coaches international and well known corporations. She thinks that AgeMarch will bring more fantastic and experienced talent at all ages, to the corporate work world.
It's about time that we have an age a movement for age equality and to change ancient labels and mores about age. Age is a gift.
Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word is a voiceover artist, public speaker, and philanthropist most passionate about advocating for media accessibility and disability awareness. Michele is dedicated to selectively funding audio description post production accessibility grants to ensure that media content is equally accessible to low vision and blind audiences.
"It opens the way for all of us, and stops division."
Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager, author, and award-winning producer. Among her credits as a film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; She is known world wide as a speaker, and for representing great writers and shows. She loves Age March.
Marilyn R. Atlas
My mother always said that age is just a number. She was my role model. She never let her "age" get in the way.
After knowing many of my clients over a 25 year period, I see who ages most successfully. They are active, giving and feel joy and compassion...no matter what happens.
My mother's role model said this:
"Its not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln
Insurance broker for Long Term Care Planning
Chair of the Grownups Forum
The Commonwealth Club of California
John Milford was the beloved host of the SF Commonwealth Club's Grownup Division. He was also executive director of the San Francisco Towers, a beautiful SF retirement home. He has worked in the hotel business, and with age and ageism for decades.
“2020 is the year that taught us the deep importance of inclusivity. We can no longer afford to marginalize anyone for any reason, and that includes age. We are all aging, every day, and with each of those passing days, may we grow into positive examples of good aging for those who come after us, by respecting, honoring, and learning from those who have come before us. Age March is a dynamic way to remind us to take pride in the journey of our years.”
Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager at Institute on Aging (www.ioaging.org), produces professional trainings and community education on aging-related topics. For over 35 years, her work has included direct services, program development and caregiver support for organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Family Caregiver Alliance and the Veterans’ Administration, as well as leadership roles in assisted living and dementia care. Her work has been featured in assorted media, including NPR's "Morning Edition," PBS's "The Retirement Revolution," and USA Today. She can be reached at
“Age March will inspire purpose and inspiration at every age! About time we have this movement. So much to do.”
Katherine Lerner, MSW, CMC, has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager. She has special training in Home Safety for Health Care Providers and performs Home Safety Evaluations to help seniors safely remain in their homes and avoid the life-changing consequences of falls and other home accidents.
"I believe AgeMarch is a much needed movement. Will offer freedom and equality to all ages, and race."
Anita Fuller Osbourne, designs Bottles into art. She lives in New York. She is the mother of Don Osbourne the great designer and composer of the music for AGEMARCH. She lives in Norwalk, CT, and twice retired. Having worked 20 years at Perkin Elmer as a micro technician/assistant supervisor. Spent 15 years working for the state of CT, (with people who have intellectual challenges),
Anita Fuller Osborne
"Age is not a number. It's YOU. I am ageless."
Bradley Bayou is a multidisciplinary designer whose career spans fashion, fine art, and interiors. Since establishing Bradley Bayou Design in 2010, an interior design and development firm based in Los Angeles and New York City, he has developed a portfolio that has garnered acclaim from publications including Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Elle Décor and Dwell.
Bradley helmed his eponymous couture line for over a decade — dressing everyone from Oprah Winfrey and Geena Davis to Beyoncé and Anne Hathaway. Due to the success of his own line, he was appointed as the creative director of Halston to revive the brand. After leaving Halston, he launched his ready-to-wear line with QVC and wrote the best-selling The Science of Sexy in pursuit of making beauty and feeling good truly democratic.
In interior design, Bradley’s diverse talents crystallize into striking, unforgettable spaces. Every property and client that comes to Bradley Bayou Design is given exacting attention and care. Since its formation, the firm received national accolades and continues to hone its luxurious world aesthetic.
Bradley was born in Texas and is a graduate of the Phillips Andover Academy, University of Texas and Southern Methodist University. He later studied at the Skowhegan and Corcoran schools of painting and sculpture.
"This march is important. Creativity is for every age."
David is a costume designer working in Los Angeles for the last 4 years. He has worked on Tv shows including “The Masked Singer” and many other popular TV shows as well as shows on Broadway in NYC .
Before his time in Los Angeles David worked for The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and The San Francisco Opera in San Francisco. Since he was a little boy he wanted to work with costumes and has spent his life learning how to tailor custom made suits and draft patterns. He holds a degree in costume history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
29 year old PRE--SCHOOL TEACHER Chandler Graddick :
Son of Francee Covington.
He believes the young will carry the AGE March PRO AGE message into the next generation.