By Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
Photo credit : Zeriba media
National Council of Negro Women (NCNW ) held their 1st Annual Gala, themed “Harlem Nights: A Renaissance of Opportunity and Change”.
This annual event is a component strategy aimed at securing community support to advance opportunities and improve the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities.
On Sunday ,December 11th 2016, the National Council of Negro Women came together to support their mission by celebrating the joyous holiday season at the Omni hotel in Atlanta by honoring outstanding trailblazers during the 1st Annual Holiday Gala,
Honorees included. civil rights icon Dr. C. T. Vivian,
youth advocate Mary Pat Hector,
community leader and inspirational speaker poet Hank Stewart,
Lovette Russell ,
Beauty P. Baldwin
and Chair of NCNW Ingrid Saunders.
Ingrid Saunders welcomed attendees and spoke about how the organization was formed more than eighty years ago by Mary McLeod Bethune and that the NCNW’s mission remains as relevant today as it was in 1935.
“We invite you to visit the website http://www.greateratlantancnw.org</strong>often to get the latest reports on our progress.” she said , “I urge you to affirm your faith in each other and our cause as we work toward the goals of universal equality, justice and freedom for all.
Distinguished. guest also in attendance were Ambassador Andrew Young , Dr Barbara King, Urban League of Greater Atlanta CEO Nancy Flake Johnson and.other civil and professional organizations .
President of NCNW Diane Larché thanked the board members , affiliates and community leaders for their support of NCNW and enthusiasm for their mission.
NCNW’s affiliates have combined membership of nearly three million women and men. The community-based sections operate through approximately 200 sections in 31 states with more than 25,000 members.
The attire was formal with Harlem Nights elegance that featured a three-course dinner, signature libations, a wonderfully unique silent auction, and dancing to the music of Phillippia & Blaze One Band. The night also included some special surprises that highlighted and celebrated Greater Atlanta NCNW & the artistic culture of Harlem. Ballethnic Dance Co. performed a Harlem Renaissance dance and. Poet
Hank Stuart. who was recently named poet laureate of DeKalb County, penned a poem thank you note, dedicated in a special tribute to Pres.Obama with his poem “44″
Overall, the first annual NCNW<stroem gala was a great success.