Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
“National Coalition of 100 Black Women Chartered”
Pictured above L to R: Beverly P. Johnson, National 3rd Vice President, Membership and Chapter Development; Virginia W. Harris, National 1st Vice President, Programs; Mary Miller McClellan, Columbia Chapter President; Congressman James E. Clyburn, S.C. Sixth Congressional District; Michele McNeill-Emery, National President, NC100BW, Inc.; Teresa Wilson, Columbia City Manager; and Councilman Norman Jackson, Chairman, Richland County Council. All photos by ROSE M. FULLER PHOTOGRAPHY, 803-331-7061
A New Chapter in Columbia, South Carolina
Officers seated left to right are: Jona’ Hodges, Dr. Sheila Jones, Vivian T. Coaxum, Maryann Wright, Beverly P. Johnson, National 3rd Vice President, Membership and Chapter Development; Michele McNeill-Emery, National President, Mary Miller McClellan, Chapter President, Kimberly Smith, Devrow Gates, Dr. Anita Carman, Melita Heyward, Dr. Mona Thornton, Attorney Kelly Seabrook, Monica P. Butler and Attorney Angela Houlemard
A diverse group of Columbia’s most socially conscious women were inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. at a public luncheon of celebration on Saturday, March 29 at the Columbia Marriott. The group was chartered as the Columbia, South Carolina Chapter of the 32-year old national organization. The keynote speaker was Michele McNeill-Emery, the Coalition’s National President. Mistress of ceremony for the event was Columbia’s very own news anchor Darci Strickland of WLTX-TV. United States Congressman, the Honorable James Clyburn, Columbia’s Business Manager Teresa Wilson, Councilman Norman Jackson, Richland County Council and Lee M. Coles, Vice President of the 100 Black Men were on hand to congratulate the group on its achievement.
According to Mary Miller McClellan, chapter president, “We are ecstatic to have our national president, national board members and sister NC100BW chapters convene in our grand city for this momentous occasion. We are also excited about the culmination of the efforts of 53 progressive women leaders whose mission is to advocate on behalf of women of color through local actions and strategic alliances that promote its agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. We are a chapter of extraordinary women who have organized to empower, educate and transform the lives of future generations through meaningful programs that make a positive difference.”
The chartering of the group coincides with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that was enacted as a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States. It outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities and women. It was designed to end the unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, in the workplace and by facilities that served the general public. McClellan states, “We are preparing to revisit components of the 50 year old Civil Rights Act and develop strategies to address voter registration issues within our community.”
Today, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., founded in 1970 in New York City, has garnered more than 6,000 members and there are currently more than 59 Chapters nationwide. Its membership includes a diverse group of women, who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, Municipal Court Judges, private entrepreneurs, university administrators, corporate managers and vice presidents, artists, media personalities, labor leaders, public relations specialists, consultants, and elected officials. This cross-section of dynamic, progressive women is reflective of the membership in each chapter of the coalition.
For additional chapter information, please visit the group on Facebook or its website at http://www.nc100bwcolumbiasc.org .
Chapter Reporter: Monica P. Butler