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Published on February 9th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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National Coalition of 100 Black Women Partners with Rep. Mia McLeod on Domestic Violence

Pictured above 1st row: L to R, Percalee Morris, Maryann Wright, Representative Mia McLeod, Mary Skinner Jones, and Monica Butler. 2Nd row: L to R, Mary Miller McClellan, President, Lawanda Holliman and Tammie Mims.

Members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbia Organizing Chapter recently joined Representative Mia McLeod of SC House District 79 for a “Domestic Violence Town Hall Forum” at Ridge View High School. The event was moderated by Meaghan Norman of WIS-TV. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness about dating violence among teens. Statistics show that one in 10 adolescents report being a victim of physical violence by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

In a recent media release from Representative Mia McLeod entitled: S.C. in “State Of Denial,” she stated: “Well … we’re number one again!  But before you get too happy, let me remind you … this is South Carolina. And being #1 when it comes to women who are killed by the men in their lives is nothing to celebrate, especially when women in our “great” state are more than twice as likely to be murdered here as a result of domestic violence than in any other state in the nation.”

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is an advocacy organization that focuses on issues in leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment for women and girls of this community. According to its president, Mary Miller McClellan, “Our plan is to embrace Rep. McLeod’s initiative and to collaborate with her in the development of strategies to address the issue of domestic violence in South Carolina.”

The Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization founded 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. There are currently over 64 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 women is reflective of the membership in each chapter of the coalition.

Through a demographic study by the Columbia Organizing Chapter, several of this community’s most critical service issues were identified and programs are being developed to address them.

Submitted by:
Monica P. Butler
Chapter Reporter

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