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Alethia Finley, a finalist for the 2023 Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center Upstander Awards, sees every day as a chance to give back to the people around her. When Alethia heard about a stranger in her community losing all of her possessions in a house fire, she immediately stepped in to help. Rallying the Westwood community, she collected and donated enough items to replace all the items lost in the fire. Although she didn’t personally know the woman, she saw her walk by her salon frequently and recognized that if it could happen to her, it couldn’t happen to anyone. Her dedication to community shines through everything Alethia does. As the owner of Glamour Braid Salon in Westwood, she said salons and barbershops will always be sacred in the black community and are safe havens. Trust is essential for both the client and stylist, and often serves as a “therapist” for her clients who need support. She was nominated by dozens of people. One person said, “Alethia advocates for the less fortunate and does what she can to help when the opportunity is presented! She stands up for postitivity and living your best life.”

 

To learn more about the incredible work Alethia does as an upstander every day before hearing her speak, please see the below links:

 

Act of kindness leads to community rallying around fire victim

 

‘It’s more than a haircut:’ Black barbershops, salons talk about the importance of community

 

Woman shares story of pregnancy loss because ‘women suffer so much privately’

The Holocaust Speaker Series is held each Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Zoom. The series is sponsored by Margaret & Michael Valentine in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

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