Dr. Joyce Hopson, President and Latasha Jones, Public Policy Chair of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Pensacola Chapter attended their NCBW Legislative Day on the Hill in Washington D.C. It was a full day starting with powerful sisters such as Michele McNeill-Emery, NCBW National President. Last year, Dr. Hopson sat in the Congress and watched the procedures of the confirmation of Atty. Loretta Lynch. This year she represented the organization with their Public Policy Chair to meet with members of Congress and key policymakers to champion issues that are important to black women and girls. They participated in legislative briefings presented by subject matter experts.
It was special this year to have one of Pensacola’s own, Washington DC Councilwoman LaRuby May, who stepped in the room and impacted the event with her knowledge, charisma, and informing over 365 women to be strong in what they believe in. She stated, “Ward 8 has seen major and positive movement, but with my initiatives for the community, God, family support, values, prayers, I will continue as a principal advocate for the residents that I represent for affordable housing, economic development and many more!”
The Annual Legislative Day began with greeting and remarks from Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY). Special Recognition: Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls-Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), and Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C., the first caucus devoted to public policy that eliminates the significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black women.
There were a panel discussions – School to Prison Pipelne: The Impact on Students of Color, moderator Stacey Samuels, National News Producer and panelists: Honorable Cedric Richmond, Congressman 2nd District of LA, Judith Browne, Dianis, Esq., Co-Director of Advancement Project, Kristen Harper, Senior Advisor at U.S. Department of Education, Nicole M. Dennis, J.D., Deputy Associate Administrator, Department of Justice and Khalilah M. Harris, J.D., Senior Advisor to the Director at U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Layoya Peterson.
Chapter Presidents for the State of Florida that were in attendance at Legislative Day.
Central Florida Chapter Lavern Kelly
Orange County Chapter Juanita R. Doby
Pensacola Chapter Dr. Joyce Hopson
South Palm Beach Chapter Dorothy Lowery
Tampa Bay Area Chapter Antonia Barber
West Palm Beach Chapter Denise Albritton
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women eagerly looks forward to continuing opportunities to strengthen our partnership with all elected officials as you “do the work” for which you were elected by citizen of this community. The local chapter continues to advocate in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Pensacola Chapter, Inc. invites you to join us as we celebrate the 15th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, “An Evening of Elegance!” at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center, 913 S I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. Our Scholarship Fundraiser will be held Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 2pm.
The Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon serves as the primary source for our annual scholarship awards and other programs. The scholarships are presented to the students publicly at this event. Our goal is to continue to impact our community in the areas of Health Prevention, Leadership Development, Education, Economic Empowerment, Public Policy and Advocacy.