The Inaugural First Ladies in African American History awards ceremony was held Sun., March 23 at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. It was an event to pay tribute to women of color who have blazed new trails and lighted the pathway for others to follow by their perseverance, sacrifice, dedication and hard work.
“These women have crossed not one, but two hurdles to triumphantly win a race first,” said Terri Lipsey Scott, chair of the Woodson museum. “The first hurdle is prominently being a woman and their second hurdle is being an African American.”
The honorees were presented the Sunshine Ambassador award by Councilman Wengay Newton, while Councilman Bill Dudley issued a proclamation that Sun., March 23 was the First Ladies in African American History day. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor sent a letter of recognition, and each recipient received an award and a medallion.
Leniece Emanuel, CEO of the YWCA, spoke about how sometimes “our talents and capabilities [of black women] are overlooked.” She quoted the dismal statistics that less than two percent of board positions and only 20 percent of leadership roles are occupied by black females. “We do not live in a post racial world,” Emanuel said.
The 2014 First Ladies in African American History: