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Published on February 21st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


National Coalition of 100 Black Women Collaborated with IMARA Woman at its Gala

In photo: Left to right:  Dr. Flavia Eldemire, Dr. Thrisha Shiver, Dr. Anita Carman, Wendy Brawley, CEO of IMARA, Taylor Johnson, SC State University Scholarship Recipient, Mary Miller McClellan, President, Kelly Seabrook, Esq., Marilyn Spells, Paul Brawley, IMARA Community Foundation, Mary Skinner Jones, Joyce Epps and  Dr. Mona Thornton

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia Organizing Chapter collaborated with Imara Woman at its 14th Anniversary and Scholarship Gala on February 14, 2014. The mission of IMARA Women is to empower women of color by serving as a source of inspiration on issues of health, professional development, education, business and family.

IMARA’s anniversary celebration recognized and highlighted the achievements of several community recipients in the award categories of Public Sector, Community Service, Writer’s Excellence and the Publisher’s Award. IMARA also presented scholarships to promising students at AllenUniversity, BenedictCollege, MorrisCollege, ClaflinUniversity, VoorheesCollege and SC State University.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia Organizing Chapter, in collaboration with IMARA Woman, was the proud sponsor of a scholarship to Ms. Taylor Johnson. Taylor is a junior, majoring in Mass Communications and Broadcasting at SC State University in Orangeburg, SC. She aspires to pursue a career in broadcast media and become a TV personality.

According to Mary Miller McClellan, President of the NC100 BW, Inc., “It is both a privilege and a pleasure to partner again with Wendy Brawley’s IMARA Woman. Both organizations share a mutual interest in the empowerment and transformation of the lives of women of color in our community. This collaborative relationship is beneficial to each of us. We want to continue the national organization’s legacy of building partnerships through creative alliances to further an array of advocacy initiatives and programs benefiting the residents of this community.”

The Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a 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 mid-1960. The Coalition of 100 Black Women was chartered as a National non-profit organization in 1981. There are currently over 63 Chapters nationwide. Its membership includes a diverse group of women, who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, Court Judges, 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 women is reflective of the membership in each chapter of the coalition.

The local group of NC100BW, Inc. has identified several critical service issues in the midlands in the areas of health, education, mentoring and economic development and is creating advocacy and empowerment programs to meet the needs of women, girls and families of African American descent. For additional information, visit the website at



Submitted by:  Monica P. Butler

Chapter Reporter    



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