First Lady Dianne Bentley was the keynote speaker this year at the Hope for Families and Community Services luncheon at Tuskegee University. Advocate programs such as this bring attention to issues such a child abuse and domestic violence. In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month (April), Mrs. Bentley spoke about the need to end the violence in Alabama.
Mrs. Bentley said, "I will continue to be an advocate for those who do not have a voice. For the children who must live in fear of their own family, in hunger- unsure of where the next meal will come from, and in shame because they are not like other children. They may not know that they have a right to have their needs met or they may be afraid of what will happen if they do tell, but as a community we must see that our children are provided for."
Following the luncheon, a reception was hosted at the Tuskegee President's Mansion by Patricia Rochon, First Lady of Tuskegee University.