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Six Women Set New Guinness World Record™ for Longest Reading Aloud Marathon at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus

Guinness Reading Marathon at IAC

Standing, from left to right, are Maria Cristina Alarcon, Lilly Blanco, Elizabeth Sanchez Vegas, Isabel Viera and Ana Maria Leonardi. Seated with the microphone and reading at the precise moment the existing record was shattered is Devorah Sasha, and to her left is Mariamarta Ruano-Graham, adjudicator/Guinness World Records.

Miami, November 16, 2009 - At exactly 6 p.m. on November 12, 2009, six women set a new Guinness World Record™ for “Longest Reading Aloud Marathon by a Team” while reading the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, repeatedly for more than 224 hours at Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican Campus in Little Havana.

The stalwart women are from the International Solidarity for Human Rights organization. During the ten day effort, hundreds of community leaders, faculty, staff and students visited the women and encouraged them with many placing the flags of their countries of birth on the backdrop behind the table where they read.

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