Pensacola Florida – The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Pensacola Florida today announced and inducted new members into the organization. The ceremony took place at the Jazz and Flow Cafe in Pensacola, FL. The new members were introduced by Membership Chair, Linda Robinson.
Dr. Joyce Hopson brought greeting as President of NC100BW PF. She stated how proud she was to serve at the helm of such a great organization. “The local leadership of our chapter is central to us accomplishing our mission and elevating our agenda,” she stated.
In the mid-summer of 1992, three local women saw a need in the Pensacola community for the empowerment of local African Americans, particularly women and youth. Their desire was to develop a community-based program with a national affiliation. From that point, the three women began to recruit members from the local community. On August 15th, the first group of approximately 15 women met and divided into core groups. Nine months and 27 members later on October 1, 1993, the chapter installed its founding members. Membership was re-opened increasing the total to 38. These women were committed to making significant improvement in the African American community of Escambia County.
Some of programs and endeavors that have been undertaken since its inception to 2017 include:
Implementing a role-model and mentoring program at A.A. Dixon Elementary School, sponsoring NCBW Caring Day for the holidays, Publishing a community newspaper entitled the NCBW Connection, Developing a Sister to Sister partnership with the University of West Florida Student Support Services, Developing a partnership with the Ann Baroco Center, Pediatric and Mission in Motion, Sponsoring a series of health care workshops, the first one was held at Oakwood Terrace, Developing a partnership with the Community Drug and Alcohol Commission (CDAC), Compiling an African American Resource Directory, Publishing a calendar honoring local African American women who were “Firsts” in their area of accomplishment, Sponsoring a program entitled, “The Hands of Time” , honoring Black Hairdressers in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, Sponsoring ongoing programs that include issues facing seniors, teens, and youth; and Sponsoring their signature program which is a yearly Hat Show Luncheon where African American high school graduating seniors are awarded $500 to $1000 college scholarships
In its 24th year, the Coalition continues to grow and reach out to African American women and youth in the Pensacola Community. Members of the organization include Dr. Joyce Hopson, President; Lola Presley, 1st Vice President of Programming; Dr. Kerstin Fleming, 2nd Vice President of Finance/Fund Development; Linda Robinson, 3rd Vice President of Membership; Eva Walker, Corresponding Secretary; Earline Williams-Dunklin, Recording Secretary; Elizabeth Marshall, Treasurer; Frances Blair, Financial Secretary; Betty Lee, Chaplin; Minnie Byrd, Historian; Modeste McCorvey, Parliamentarian; Board of Directors-Lois Christian, Flossie Cook, Lorene Jackson, Margie McCorvey, and Ophelia Ray; Members Daisy Callins, Phyllis Carter, Lois Christian, Emma Jean Dees, Bessie Gaillard, Idella Gideon, Mamie Hixon, Lorene Jackson, Latasha Jones, Ora Lee, and Tracey Marshall. New Members are Danielle Williams-Dillard, Bessie McCorvey, Jacqueline Miles, Syntoria Spencer, Tova Thomas, LaTasha Wall, and Jessica Wade. Mamie Webb Hixon is the Chartering Chapter President, Charter Members are Betty Lee, Modeste McCorvey, and Lola Presley.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Pensacola Chapter, Inc. as an organization plays a critical role in helping to address societal issues of Black women and girls through advocacy actions. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. advocates for Black Women through national and local actions and strategic alliances to promote leadership development and gender equality in the areas of health, education, and economic development. We are committed to addressing issues that affect families, communities, and each other. The Coalition is comprised of women of diverse backgrounds.
The President told the new members that “we women have empowering powers within us, we may or may not know it.” She closed with two strong quotes, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou and “You can tell who the strong women are they’re the ones building each other up instead of tearing each other down.”