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Published on April 21st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


“100 Black Women Proudly Celebrate First Year of Advocacy”

Pictured above; Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, the Political Advocacy Awardee: Gabrielle Young, Scholarship Awardee, Ajaicia Hopkins, Scholarship Awardee; Mrs. Cheryl Salley, the Economic Empowerment Honoree; Dr. Martia L. Creighton Thigpen, the Health Honoree and Dr. Linda Norton, the Education Honoree.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbia Chapter, chartered in March 2014, recently celebrated the chapter’s first anniversary of “Empowerment and Advocacy” for women, girls and families of the Midlands at the Columbia Embassy Suites.

Its first anniversary celebration, “My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon,” was designed to celebrate the rich heritage and tradition of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that are so deeply rooted in the African American culture. Four outstanding “Women Who Serve this Community” and who have impacted and transitioned the lives of families in the areas of health, education, political advocacy and economic empowerment were honored. The 2015 distinguished honorees were Dr. Martia L. Creighton Thigpen, DC, the Health Awardee; Dr. Linda Norton, the Education Awardee; Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, the Political Advocacy Awardee and Mrs. Cheryl Salley, the Economic Empowerment Awardee.

In addition, scholarships were awarded to two outstanding Richland School District One graduating seniors who will matriculate into undergraduate programs in the Fall of 2015. The Scholarship Awardees were Gabrielle Young of Lower Richland Higher High School and Ajaicia Hopkins of Richland one Middle College High School.

Chapter President, Mary Miller McClellan, was ecstatic with the community’s support of its first anniversary celebration and extended appreciation to those who contributed to its success.

Today, the NC100BW, Inc. consists of thousands of progressive women of African American descent who represent 59 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. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of women and girls through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NC100BW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. To address the diverse needs of the community, the NC100BW has developed and implemented many empowerment programs.

For additional information on the Columbia Chapter, please visit the group on Facebook or its website at

Submitted by Monica P. Butler
Chapter Reporter

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