Published on May 22nd, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
National President of 100 Black Women visited Columbia, SC
Pictured above Virginia W. Harris, National President, National Coalition if 100 Black Women, Inc. and Mary Miller McClellan, President, Columbia (SC) Chapter of 100 Black Women.
The Columbia (SC) Chapter of 100 Black Women recently celebrated a historic milestone with the diplomatic visit of its National President Virginia W. Harris. The visit coincided with the chapter’s fifth anniversary of advocacy and empowerment for women and girls of the Midlands.
The chapter celebrated her visit by hosting a luncheon in her honor at the Brookland Baptist Conference Center. Among the Columbia community leaders who brought greetings to the National Leader were Vince Gatling, President of the Columbia Chapter of 100 Black Men, Calvin Reese, CEO of the Millennium Magazine and WIS News Anchor Alicia Barnes John.
At the chapter’s evening business meeting, President Harris addressed the Columbia membership on the state of the National organization, installed new chapter officers, met prospective 2019 members, brought an inspirational message of congratulations and provided strategies to enhance the chapter’s advocacy and empowerment initiatives for women and girls of African descent. The presidential visit was highlighted with an official presentation by SC House of Representatives member and Columbia Chapter Coalition Sister Wendy Brawley. Representative Brawley presented President Harris with an official recognition of commemoration for her outstanding leadership from the SC House of Representatives.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization that was founded in the winter of 1970 in New York City when 24 Black women, led by visionary Edna Beach, began meeting in their homes to assess the problems and opportunities left behind in the wake of the turbulent 1960s. The National organization consists of thousands of progressive women of African descent who represent 63 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Its membership includes a diverse group of women, who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, court judges, corporate managers, vice presidents, artists, media personalities, labor leaders, public relations specialists, consultants and elected officials.
The local Columbia (SC) Chapter commenced with a meeting convened on the campus of Benedict College in February 2012 by Mary Miller McClellan, the founding organizer. Following her graduation from Benedict College, Mary relocated to New York where she was a 30 year member of the Long Island, New York Chapter of the 100 Black Women. Subsequent to her relocation back to Columbia, she invited a diverse group of intergenerational, progressive Columbia women to form a 100 Black Women’s interest group. Upon fulfilling the National Coalition’s New Chapter Development mandates from the corporate office, the chapter was chartered in March 2014.
The vision of the Coalition is to see Black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.
Its mission is to advocate on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
The chapter recently celebrated its five-year milestone of advocacy and empowerment for women and girls at its “ Annual My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon” on April 13, 2019. $10,000 in scholarships were awarded to ten high school seniors and seven exceptional women who serve the Columbia community were honored. More than 450 attendees supported the event.
The Columbia Chapter is enthusiastically planning for an exciting year of advocacy, empowerment and educational opportunities for Black women and girls in 2019-2020.
For additional National Coalition of 100 Black Women information, please visit the respective local and national NCBW websites athttp://www.nc100bwcolumbiasc.org