National Council of Negro Women Greater Atlanta Harlem Renaissance Gala

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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”.

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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,

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Honorees included. civil rights icon   Dr. C. T. Vivian,

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youth advocate Mary Pat Hector,

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community leader and inspirational speaker  poet Hank Stewart,

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Lovette Russell ,

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Beauty P. Baldwin

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and Chair of NCNW Ingrid Saunders.

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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.

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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  .

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President of NCNW Diane Larché thanked the board members , affiliates  and community leaders for their support of NCNW and  enthusiasm for their mission.

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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.

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