The Mississippi Link Newswire
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Mississippi Chapter, Inc., has been serving Jackson and Central Mississippi areas or more than 20 years.
The Central Mississippi Chapter was organized as an official chapter of NCBW, Inc. on October 22, 1992 with the installation of 100 plus African-American women dedicated to community service, leadership development and enhancement of career opportunities through networking, and programming.
Beginning as a conceptual idea under leadership directives of Bettye Hunt, first president (Emeritus) and founder, others have been following in her footsteps in continuing efforts for women in NCBW National and Local area leadership roles serving as second President Beverly Wade Hogan, third President Rosie Wade Crisler (posthumously), fourth President Rita Wray, fifth President LaVerne Gentry, sixth President Corinne W. Anderson, seventh President Belinda A. Fields and eighth President Sharolyn Smith, presently.
The uniqueness to initiating actions and uniting for the most systemic change while providing advocacy and community services has made the talents, treasures and time valuable throughout the organization’s different eras and has added value to membership commitment.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Central Mississippi Chapter strives to be a premier advocacy organization of diverse women, committed to unity of purpose in addressing issues of concern to the global community, more specifically, the African American community by building collaborative partnerships and inspiring shared solutions, and promoting gender equity and progressive change.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Central Mississippi Chapter collaborates with leadership from corporate, civic, public, and governmental entities to build a base of consensus for the empowerment of women in their involvement with youth, families, and communities.
The organization’s purpose is to establish a cadre of black women devoted to unity of purpose in furthering the advancement of African-American culture as a viable avenue of preserving the African American heritage; to act as positive change agents advocating for gender equity in the social, religious, educational, economic and political make-up of the Central Mississippi community; and to develop, implement and maintain programs dedicated to the progressive development of Mississippi’s youth, families, and communities.
“As strong professional women of power with resourceful means, we are paying homage to the sustaining efforts of our past and present leadership in securing the financial aid of our continuing generosity of partnering sponsorships and collaborative opportunities formed with many other businesses, civic and social organizations, along with private and public entities. We appreciate all of our sustaining sponsors for the last 24 years,” said Sharolyn Smith, chapter president.
The current 2015-16 chapter theme is “Women Celebrating Together… ‘Making Advocacy Count!’…”
The local chapter will celebrate 24 years of education advocacy efforts and community services in providing scholarships to deserving students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities during its Annual Scholarship and Awards Program and Ceremony in April.
For more information, visit NCBW CMS website at www.ncbw-centralms.org.