Pictured seated are Co-Chair Dr. Anita Carman, Commissioner Aaron Bishop, Commissioner Cheryl Harris, Chapter President Mary Miller McClellan, Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Representative Wendy Brawley, Mistress of Ceremonies Leilani Stringer and Co-Chair Pamela Small. Standing are members of the 100 Black Women.
The Education Committee of the 100 Black Women recently hosted a Gun Control and School Safety Forum at St. Andrews Middle School, Columbia, SC. The forum featured the following panelists: Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Richland School District One, Representative Wendy Brawley, SC House of Representatives, Commissioner Aaron Bishop, Richland School One Board and Commissioner Cheryl Harris, Richland School District One Board.
The goal of the program was to educate and empower the community with information on the “Active Shooter Policy for Richland One School District, Improving School District Safety, Run, Hide, Fight Approach when confronted with an active shooter and Proposed Changes in SC Gun Laws.” The event was informative, interactive and promoted a partnership opportunity between the panelists and the community to develop additional strategies for keeping children safe in Richland School District One.
At the urging of the audience, Superintendent Witherspoon assured the attendees that the district will work closely with the Columbia (SC) Chapter to replicate and host additional safety forums events throughout the school district.
At the conclusion of the event, the Columbia (SC) Chapter pledged to continue to amplify its voice for the promotion of advocacy and education for school safety.
The Columbia (SC) Chapter, one of 63 chapters of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., will celebrate its six year milestone of advocacy and empowerment of Black women and girls in the Columbia community.
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 60’s, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., consists of thousands of progressive women of African descent with chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Its membership includes a diverse group of women, who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, court judges, corporate managers, vice presidents, artists, media personalities, labor leaders, public relations specialists, consultants and elected officials.
For national coalition information, please visit the local and national NCBW websites at www.nc100bwcolumbiasc.orgwww.ncbw.org.