Actress raises foster care awareness

Published 1:00 am Sunday, April 3, 2011

Although it may have been April Fools’ Day, it was no joke that Hollywood made a stop in Selma Friday.

Victoria Rowell, daytime television soap star (The Young and the Restless) and primetime actress of CBS’ “Diagnosis Murder,” stopped by the Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum Friday to take an interactive, historic tour of slavery, Civil War, African-American disenfranchisement and empowerment.

Rowell was mesmerized by the energetic oratorical delivery of the tour guides.

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“I really enjoyed myself, it was an impartation of knowledge; some I didn’t know,” Rowell said. “History is so inspiring.”

Though the trip to Selma inspired Rowell, Rowell wants to inspire others in Selma through her cause of foster care.

Rowell, who spent 18 years in foster care, is an advocate for helping foster children find their place in the world and be successful.

Rowell founded the “Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan” in 1990 to help enrich foster children through artistic and athletic expression. Rowell has assisted foster children with job opportunities in such companies as BMG music and the Oxygen network.

“There’s more than 7,000 children in foster care in Alabama and the community needs to rally around these children,” Rowell said. “There are ways that you can participate.”

Rowell came to Selma as part of a nationwide book tour to promote her new novel, “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva.”