Planned Parenthood presents Knox documentary

educationshelbyknoxCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Planned Parenthood Youth Advocates will host a screening of “The Education of Shelby Knox,” a documentary about abstinence before marriage, on Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m, at Sam Lerner Cultural Center, Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Rd.

The 2005 film follows then teenager Shelby Knox as she fights for better sex education in the public schools of her hometown of Lubbock, Texas, a town with teen pregnancy rates among the highest in the country and an abstinence only curriculum. The directors were Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt.

Through her efforts, she also became an advocate for the LGBT community. Knox works today as a public speaker and feminist activist.

She will be the featured guest of Planned Parenthood’s fall luncheon on Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m., at the Mint Museum Uptown, 500 St. Tryon St. To attend, email Marcie Shealy at

Tickets for the screening are $20 pre-ordered online at or $25 at the door. Price includes movie showing, popcorn and soft drink.

info: 704-536-7233, opt. 4, ext. 6541.

AIDS home wants volunteers

BELMONT, N.C. — House of Mercy, 701 Mercy Dr., is in need of volunteers to assist its residents who are living with advanced AIDS.

Round-the-clock care giving by trained nurses is the cornerstone of its services.

However, its staff can always use some compassionate care from the community. Volunteers can provide meals, companionship and social activities for the residents. A variety of services volunteers can provide for residents are: visiting, reading, running errands, housekeeping, washing and ironing, gardening, assisting in fundraising, helping with clerical duties and collecting or donating Wish List items.

Holiday celebrations are always in demand since its Residential Recreation Coordinator Cheri Strickland has those days off. Game or movie nights are also popular as well.

Interested parties should contact Strickland at 704-825-3000.

House of Mercy opened on May 18, 1991. It was initiated by the Sisters of Mercy who were concerned with and wanted to respond to the AIDS epidemic.


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One reply on “Charlotte: Planned Parenthood presents Knox documentary”

  1. Yeah, the last thing Planned Parenthood wants is for teens to practice abstinence; it would eliminate their main source of business; abortions. They need to promote promiscuity in order to justify their existence.

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