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Published on March 19th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Mary Miller McClellan, Women’s History Month Honoree

Pictured, Calvin B. Reese, President/Owner, Millennium Magazine and Mary Miller McClellan.

Mary Miller McClellan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Benedict College and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education from Hofstra University. Mary, a retired educator, served as a teacher and a high school guidance counselor for nearly four decades on Long Island, New York.

She also served as the Director of a Welfare to Work Program, where she organized and oversaw an Adelphi University program, funded with a New York State grant, to empower recipients of welfare benefits with employable work skills.

Mary distinguished herself as a dedicated community advocate on Long Island through public speaking, facilitating scholarship information, conducting financial aid and college planning workshops for community groups.

She was also a member several community organizations that included the Advisory Council of Western Suffolk BOCES, Nassau County Martin Luther King Awards Committee, 100 Black Women of Long Island, Central Nassau Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Organization, Metro Manhattan (NY) Chapter of the Links, Inc., Delta Kappa Educational Fraternity, the Benedict Collge Alumni Club of Greater New York and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition, she is listed in three editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Mary has been honored with several awards for her community service, that include the Town of Hempstead Make a Difference Award, New York State United Teachers’ Community Service Award, 100 Black Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Business and Professional Women’s Award, Antioch Baptist Church, and most recently a Community Service Award from Allen University.

A native of Columbia, Mary recently relocated back home where she organized the Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., where she currently serves as its president. The chapter was chartered in 2014. This year, it will celebrate its five-year milestone of advocacy and empowerment services for women and girls of African descent.

In addition to her leadership as President of the Columbia (SC) Chapter of 100 Black Women, she is a member of the Columbia (SC) Chapter of Links, Columbia (SC) Smart Set, the Benedict College Alumni Club, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she is a Silver Star and a Life Member.

Mary was married to the late James D. McClellan, a Long Island School District administrator. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Her motto is:
“All we do for ourselves dies with us;
All we do for others lives on indefinitely!”


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