Published on December 29th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


100 Black Women Announce Partnership with DJJ

Pictured Seated L to R: Mary Bowden, Dr. Eloise Fomby-Denson, Joyce Epps, Dr. Anita Carman, Wendy Brawley. Standing L to R: Two DJJ officials, Sharon Brunson, (also a coalition member) and Captain Tamika Jones;  LaKeisha Wright, Mary Miller McClellan, Dr. Thrisha Shiver, Tammie Mims and Patricia Dillard. Not pictured, additional DJJ staff are: Jennifer Wallace and Mary McMillan.

Members of the Columbia Chapter of 100 Black Women recently met with officials at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and are pleased to announce an upcoming partnership with DJJ for the mentoring of its residential female population commencing in January 2016.

The mission of the 100 Black Women is to advocate and empower women and girls in leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, economic empowerment and public policy. The chapter members are enthusiastically looking forward to a  program of empowerment that will provide mentoring for the young ladies “behind the fence.”

The Columbia Chapter, chartered in March 2014, initially researched the city’s demographics to determine the community’s critical service areas needs for its advocacy programs for women and girls of African-American descent. It has subsequently provided numerous advocacy and empowerment opportunities that have benefitted many of its constituents of the Midlands.

The Columbia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a chapter of the national organization that began 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. NCBW consists 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 of color.

For additional information, please visit the chapter’s website at: .

Respectfully submitted by Monica P. Butler

Chapter Reporter


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