Nancy Hunt is co-founder and president of We Are Family Foundation, a New York City-based organization dedicated to the vision of a global family.
The foundation was started by Nile Rodgers, the songwriter and musician, in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Eleven days after that event, Mr. Rodgers brought together 200 musicians and celebrities, among them Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Jackson Browne, Bernadette Peters, and Luther Vandross, to re-record Mr. Rodgers' hit song "We Are Family." Spike Lee, the director, filmed the music video of that event.
Mr. Rodgers also gathered characters from major children’s media companies such as the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Children’s Television Workshop to create a children's video using the "We Are Family" message.
Using the popularity of those two videos as a springboard, the We Are Family Foundation was born as a platform for a variety of programs that the group says are designed to “inspire and educate people about mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity."
In the latest episode of Making Change, Nancy Hunt, the foundation's co-founder, speaks to Hildy Gottlieb, the host, about what works in building communities around the world that are rooted in our common humanity.