Coalition Of 100 Black Women Honors Pioneer Award Recipients

Friday, April 25, 2008

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Chattanooga Chapter hosted their 9th Annual Pioneer Black Women Award of Excellence reception. The event, held at the Kingdom Center (former Central City Complex), honored three African American women who have made contributions to the Chattanooga Community.

This year’s honorees include Jewell Baldwin Cousin, retired Hamilton County educator and president-elect, East Tennessee Retired Teachers Association; Rep. JoAnne Favors, state legislator, 29th District and first black female elected to the Hamilton County Commission; and Bettye P. Johnson, retired director Tennessee Human Services and community/services volunteer extraordinaire.

“Once again outstanding women who have made significant and life-changing contributions to the community were the recipients of these prestigious awards,” said Community Involvement Chair, Faith R. Edwards. “It is a privilege for NCBW to recognize these trailblazers.”

Chapter President Gloria McKeldin added, “Not only are we excited to honor these ladies in such a unique way, we are also proud to be able to present their contributions and life works to the Chattanooga Community.”

The mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Chattanooga Chapter is to advocate enhanced quality of life for individuals and families of color by facilitating programs that address their needs and unites the public and private sector of Chattanooga to ensure progress of African American women. While establishing a sisterly bond, these programs foster leadership, educational opportunities, economic partnership and political strength.

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