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Melony McGant

   ****** Melony McGant is a poet, humanist and compassionate communications professional with more than twenty years experience in assisting both people and organizations discover and promote their professional or personal life missions.

She has a strong track record of success in public relations, cause marketing and special events programming. In addition to her “day job,” where she assists and inspires people through their life transitions, she is also the coordinating director for Dr. Glory Van Scott Productionsand has acted as special assistant to the legendary Katherine Dunham

 

 iforcolor had the opportunity to interview Ms. McGant.  This is what she shared with us about her career and life experience:

Dale – Melony, thank you!  I have been following your ministry web posts for two years, now.  You are a wonderful artistic and inspirational spirit.  Tell us, who do you admire? Who are your Hero’s and Shero’s?
Melony – I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a household where participation in civil rights was essential. Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Mary McLeod Bethune, Harry Belafonte, Ralph Bunche, Bill Cosby, W.E. B. DuBois, Kwame Nkrumah, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Drew,  Katherine Dunhan, Romare Bearden, Franz Fanon, Franklin Frazier, Dick Gregory, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Malcolm X, Shirley Chisolm and Barbara Jordan were just a few of the many names discussed at our dinner table. So, I have many! 
My Mother, Betty J. Tilman was an activist in the Civil Rights, Peace and Freedom and the Free South Africa Movement. As a child I attended many marches including the March on Washington where Dr. King gave his I Have A Dream Speech, participated in the historical Poor People Campaign, belonged to the NAACP and believed that the right to vote was a great gift!

Dale – What experiences brought you to your present spiritual awareness and ministry?

Melony – As a teen, young adult, and professional in Pittsburgh, I worked on both local, state and national political campaigns.  I spent four years in the United States navy. Upon my return to Pittsburg at the age of twenty three, at the age of 23, I was appointed as an NAACP board member, served on the Human Rights Dinner Committee, was editor of the NAACP News, and hosted a weekly NAACP radio talk show. I relocated to West Virginia to complete my studies, and later to Washington where I was awarded an internship and hired as assistant to the fundraiser for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. I was mentored by Parren Mitchell, and many other soldiers in the struggle for equity in America.

In 1990, after many years in NYC working for the American Management Association, I relocated back to Pittsburgh, owned my own business, and found myself involved in both a local & national movement in support of MBE/WBE programs. One of my most memorable marketing projects was a campaign for the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense And Education Fund (MBELDEF). I have been a feature writer for the New Pittsburgh Courier, been featured in MBE Magazine, and have written for several other publications.  However, what is most important to me has been my journey of forgiveness and love.

Dale – What advise or message do you have for young people?

Melony – Each and every person has a gift. Discover your gift.  Use your gifts. Share your gifts with the world. You will probably discover that you have many gifts. For instance, in life I have learned to be patient, sincere, kind, and responsible. I believe in listening, and in providing support or encouragement to every individual. My strengths include being detail oriented, a team player, and the ability to motivate other humans as they expand their horizons. I love people of all cultures. They inspire me, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with them.

Most importantly I have a passion to serve, and to assist in the healing of hearts, so that more individuals can grow and flourish as productive members of our society. Certainly that includes working in an environment that promotes peace.
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HOPE IS…
Beloveds,
Hope is one kind word held deeply in the Collective Heart of Humanity and filled with billions of positive actions that lead to what the Future can birth and manifest when you have Faith!”
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Melony McGant is also an Interfaith Minister, a professional storyteller and  primary author of the new  spiritual poetry collection The Healing Adagio: A Love Symphony in Five Parts and the novel Sunshine & Olivier: A Parable of Love.  Her poetry is included in several anthologies, including The Book of Hope and The World Book of Healing (both by Beyond Borders Press), and Go Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to Michelle Obama (SUNY Press).

Among other accomplishments, Melony McGant wrote Toujour Bleu, a play on the life of Katherine Dunham that opened the Reading Series at the National Black Theatre Festival in 2007, and wrote the poetry for the poetry and dance drama, The Gift of the Lamban which was  choreographed by Michelle Murray and performed at Miami Dade College  in 2009.

As a communications consultant in the 90’s, Melony acted as 25th Anniversary Coordinator for the Hill House Association in Pittsburgh, PA and was responsible for planning and executed a week of major agency benefits events, as well as scripting/producing a 12 minute video and public service announcements. As president of  McGant Broadus Inc., a marketing firm she co-founded with Stephan Broadus in Pittsburgh, PA, she and her team created a multi-cultural education marketing campaign celebrating diversity in Pittsburgh Public Schools which received a Gold Medallion Award from the National School Educators Association.

 

Her firm, McGant Broadus Inc. also created the first nationally circulated brochures and posters for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (AOC, University of Pittsburgh) targeted to African Americans and historically medically under served communities. She has worked with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation to increase awareness on immunizations, and produced the 20th anniversary appearance of Grammy Award winner Sweet Honey and The Rock to a Pittsburgh audience. Other clients have included The Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation, Anheuser Busch Companies, The Carnegie, Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense And Education Fund, PNC Corporation, Pittsburgh Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Partnerships For Family Support, Pittsburgh Branch NAACP, The Urban Redevelopment Authority Of Pittsburgh, The University Of Pittsburgh, etc.

Previous to that Melony McGant worked at AMACOM BOOKS (American Management Association, New York, NY) as a publicist. There she developed and implemented direct sales/marketing promotional activities for sales conferences, corporate sales, special sales and national trade shows. Projected, analyzed and tracked yearly budget of 2.4 million for trade books and coordinated national media tours for lead book authors, including Robert Tomasko, (Downsizing) and secured media placements in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, etc. for Steven Fink (Crisis Management), John Guaspari (I Know It When I See It), Tara Madden (Women vs. Women), Joel Makower (Trendwatching), etc. 

Melony McGant was honorably discharged from the United  States Navy after four years of service. She received a Regents Bachelor of Arts in Radio & Television  from Marshall University, in Huntington, W.VA in 1982.  She graduated as Interfaith Minister from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in June 2008. 

 

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Healing Adagio

New Book Celebrates Life and Offers Help Returning to Core Values When Society Has Lost Its Moral Compass!
 The Healing Adagio… A Love Symphony In Five Parts
 by
 Melony McGant with Fellow Truth Seekers

For the unemployed, under-employed or employed— and All Truth Seekers of every faith and cultural tradition —The Healing Adagio is a new book written by Melony McGant where small poetic thoughts become big ideas that offer compassion, hope and inspiration in difficult and challenging times. Daily reminders, reflections and affirmations of hope carry the reader through the day.

Says H. Daniel Mujahid… This book highlights our need to restore respect for our sacred human core values, and our shared freedoms. In this way we, you and I, inherit the original acceptance for the very “Spirit of Mother”, and Gratitude to Fathers”… whose redemption is a debt we owe ourselves.

 The Healing Adagio Moving Forward Heart Songs are written by Deborah Ballard and H. Daniel Mujahid, along with Heart Songs from James Aloway, Peter Andrews, Evens Anozine, Gloria Brown, Tehuti Carter Jones, Andrea Christofferson, Adrienne Croix, Kay Dendy, Katherine Henry, Gayle Hodnett Dobbs, Rev. Sedrick Gardner, Sunil Gupta, Patricia Moore, Karen Piazza, Pamela Patrick, Norbu Tsering, Dr. Glory Van Scott and Reginald Yates.

 Reverend Melony McGant’s written words of wisdom, inspiration and encouragement,—travel beautifully off the pages of her new book The Healing Adagio. The reader’s eyes behold words of her truly universal spirit—which touches your heart, and gently rocks your soul. Her timely messages of truth will gladden and uplift your day, and gladden and uplift your year!” Producer, writer and choreographer, Dr. Glory Van Scott

 
(C) Dale Shields