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Published on April 13th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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“The 100 Black Women Celebrated its Third Anniversary”

The Honorees Seated L to R; Theresa Counts-Davis, Janice M. Oates and Erika Williams. Standing L to R; Dr. Felicia C. Scott-Strickland, Dr. Marshalynn Morgan Franklin, Wendy C. Brawley, Sharon Parker and Brenda B. Branic.

The Columbia Chapter of 100 Black Women recently celebrated its third annual “My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon.” Each year the chapter honors women who serve and make a significant contribution to the community as ” My Sister’s Keepers” and whose philanthropic and community service impact the lives of women and girls in health, education and economic empowerment.

This year, the chapter honored eight distinguished leaders, seven of whom were presidents of Greek sororities, whose rich heritage and tradition of commitment to service are deeply rooted in the Pan Hellenic culture and one honoree, an outstanding coalition member, whose commitment to the chapter and community was exceptionally significant.

The 2017 esteemed honorees were:
Janice M. Oates, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Erika D. Williams, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Marshalynn Franklin, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Sharon A. Parker, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Felicia Scott-Strickland, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Brenda Branic, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Theresa Counts-Davis, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Wendy Brawley, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

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Scholarship Winners L to R; Jordon K. Daniels, Danielle D. McFadden, Vinez A. Lyde and Caitlin M. Dreher

Four scholarships were also awarded to promising, well-deserving high school seniors from Richland School Districts One and Two, who will matriculate into undergraduate programs in the Fall of 2017.

The 2017 scholarship winners were:
Jordon K. Daniels, Blythewood High School
Caitlin M. Dreher, Spring Valley High School
Vinez A. Lyle, Dreher High School
Danielle D. McFadden, Lower Richland High School

According to the chapter’s president, Mary Miller McClellan, “We are extremely pleased with the continued community support of our annual fundraising luncheons. The support enables us to increase our scholarships and fund our advocacy and empowerment programs. Again this year, the attendance exceeded 500 guests and for that, we are immensely grateful to our loyal supporters.”

The Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. was chartered in April 2014 to advocate for the empowerment of women and girls of African descent in health, education, economic empowerment and strategic alliances.

The national organization was founded in New York City in 1970 in an effort to continue the successful implementation of socio-economic and political strategies that began in the mid-1960s. The 100 Black Women consist of thousands of progressive women of African descent who represent 63 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia and whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women and girls of color.

Respectfully submitted by
Monica P. Butler
Chapter Reporter

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