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Sarah Culberson      

Humanitarian, Author, Actress & Co-Founder of Sierra Leone Rising

Sarah Culberson was adopted one year after her first birthday by a loving, white West Virginia couple and raised in the United States with little knowledge of her ancestry. In 2004 Sarah took the journey to Sierra Leone to meet her birth father and family and discovered she was considered a mahaloi, the child of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a princess. After going to Sierra Leone and seeing the aftermath of an 11 year civil war she co-founded Sierra Leone Rising, a non-profit to support the community. Sarah shared her story in a book she co-authored titled, “A Princess Found”. Her story has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, BBC radio, LA Times, Singapore News and many other media outlets. Her passion for education does not stop with Sierra Leone; as Director of Outreach at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, Sarah works daily with middle and high school students.

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Overcoming Your Deepest Fears & Making Your Dreams Come True

In an inspired presentation, Culberson shares her experience of searching for her birth father and the deep fear of rejection and hurt she had to overcome. In doing so, she asks people to consider their own dreams and fears. She encourages audiences to resurrect forgotten goals and to overcome thoughts of “it’s too late.” Arming listeners with the steps they must take to take to find their inner courage, Culberson shares how to seize every opportunity in chasing our wildest dreams and pursing our loftiest goals.

From African American to African Princess: One Woman's Search For Her Roots

The Dynamics of Biracialism: Being Black in America & White in Africa

Interracial Adoption: The Perspective of an African American Child Raised in a White Family

From Fear & Uncertainty to Courage & Discovery: Finding My Biological Parents

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