Kala Wilburn might not have set out to be a hero, but she’s been named one in the April edition of Good Housekeeping.
Part of a feature examining the contributions of those who impact their communities, Wilburn, a contributor to TheHUB Flint, is recognized as an “everyday hero” for her Fashion Against Violence movement.
The effort recruits Flint youth to learn sewing and clothing style techniques, while educating and inspiring those whose lives have been impacted by crime. Wilburn launched Fashion Against Violence after her brother was killed in 2011.
“After he died I took my passion for people and fashion and made something that would carry on his legacy,” she recently told TheHUB.
A photo of Wilburn and description of her program and its supporters are all packaged as part of the Good Housekeeping spotlight.
Since being featured in TheHUB Flint in 2017, Wilburn has added her talent to the publication’s social media coverage.
Fashion Against Violence has become a component of the annual Vehicle City Fashion Week event Wilburn launched to expose Flint to industry professionals – all efforts inspired by her brother’s memory.
“I wanted to create a conversation around the violence in our community,” Wilburn says, “and, at the same time, expose the community to my love of fashion, something he loved, too.”