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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lifting One Village at a Time: An Evening at Hogan Lovells with King Peggy

By Randy Segal, partner, global transactions

On February 12, I wrote about the amazing, personal story of King Peggy, a D.C. secretary who became the King of the Ghanaian village Otuam, and her vision for its future.

On May 31, Hogan Lovells will be holding an event “with a little help from its friends” to support King Peggy’s vision for her village, along with that of Eleanor Herman, co-author (and “Queen Mother”) of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village.

Since I first wrote my blog post in February, this nationally recognized book has been featured on NPR, CBS This Morning, and The Colbert Report, and it was a selection in Oprah’s Book Club. CBS News has also covered King Peggy’s story.

Thursday evening will be focused on saving and improving lives at the most basic level, including acquiring an ambulance to take women in labor to the hospital (women who die today in the back seat of a taxi cab), digging fresh water wells, and providing a basic education to the children of the village.

You may ask, how did this all come about? It is part of what I call the two degrees of separation that connect us all: Eleanor Herman (whose husband turns out to be a Hogan Lovells client) was looking at articles mentioning King Peggy on the internet, found the February 12 blog post, and contacted me, and the seeds of this event came into being.

I am very proud that Hogan Lovells is hosting and sponsoring this event and that so many other companies will be there to join to be inspired and to help. One village at a time.

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