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My Sister’s Keeper fete lauds the spirit of advocacy
100 Black Women hosts annual luncheon Sept. 15
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 11:47 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Celebrating black women isn’t anything new at the My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon—Honoring Women Who Serve.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Queen City Metropolitan Chapter, an advocacy-based initiative, will host the fourth annual luncheon on Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Charlotte Center City.

“A lot of the ladies we are recognizing this year may not be as well known, but a lot of them have really been doing work in the community for a really long time,” said NCBW-QCMC President Tiffany Hemmings-Prather. “It’s a little different, because sometimes we have ladies who are newer to Charlotte.”

The 2018 lineup of honorees includes:

Civic Engagement: North Carolina Rep. Beverly Earle

Economic Empowerment: EveryoneOn Mid-Atlantic Regional Director J’Tanya Adams

Education: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Family & Community Services Specialist Carlenia Ivory

“She’s been an advocate for education for a very long time,” Hemmings-Prather said.

Health: Doctor Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Novant Health’s Chief Community Health & Wellness Officer, who was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine this month; the highest honor a civilian can receive in North Carolina.

Strategic Alliances: Co-founder & CEO of Emeritus Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange Stephanie Counts

“One of the things that the ladies always say is, that they really appreciate having a black women’s organization recognizing other black women who are advocating on behalf of the community,” Hemmings-Prather said. “We want to continue to recognize those women.”

The inaugural luncheon featured approximately 200 attendees, most of whom were women. Now the audience has a diverse look to it.

“We have people from all over the community, and last year, we had about 500 people at the luncheon,” Hemmings-Prather said. “We’re expecting over 500, closer to 600 this year.”

This marks the first full year for Hemmings-Prather as president.

“One of the things that I’ve really gotten the organization to focus on is programmatic impact, advocacy, and being able to really hone in on legislation and policy,” Hemmings-Prather said. “Our focus right now is definitely equity in education, as well as pay equity for women. We just had Black Women Equal Pay Day. Women of color just do not have pay equity.”

Affordable housing offers another key component for their advocacy efforts.

“We have been a resource for many people trying to find affordable housing,” Hemmings-Prather said. “Trying to get the homeless into housing. We’ve been working with quite a few working poor people who are homeless, and are working one or two jobs, and just trying to get them in front of the right resources to get them out of the situation. As we go into the next program year, I’m really going to continue focusing on affordable housing, pay equity for women of color in Charlotte, as well as our advocacy initiatives.”

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