Asm. Holden names Kay Mouradian – Woman of Year

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March 10, 2014

(PHOTO: Assemblymember Holden with Kay Mouradian, Woman of the Year)

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden honored South Pasadena human
rights activist Kay Mouradian as his “Woman of the Year” during the
Women’s History Month celebration at the Capitol today.

Assemblymember Holden is recognizing Professor Mouradian for her
efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide. Mouradian has
written and co-produced the book and documentary film, My Mother’s
Voice, a poignant story of her mother who at age fourteen was one of
the millions of Armenians forced to leave their homes in Turkey during
the Armenian Genocide.

“It is my great pleasure to recognize Dr.Mouradian for her grassroots
efforts to educate us about the historical events of the Armenian
Genocide,” said Holden. “Recognizing the Armenian Genocide and crimes
against humanity through her personal story, reminds us that such
activism makes a powerful impact.”

After a “roots” trip to her mother’s village in Turkey, she traveled
across the deportation route where her mother’s convoy was forced to
walk hundreds of miles into the deserts of Syria. My Mother’s Voice is
the story of that injustice. . Because of the suffering endured by
her mother and her family during the Armenian Genocide, the film is
very effective. Dr. Mouradian’s mission is to make genocide studies a
part of high school and college course of study.

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