2018-11-30 / Society

100 Black Women kick-off fifth year of milestone programs

Contributed by 100 Black Women


Let Her Learn: Stop the School Push Out of Girls of Color Panelists, first row (l-r) Claudia Brooks-McCallum, Salandra Bowman, Dr. Ronald Epps, Lawanda Holliman, and Deputy RSO Meredith Wise Let Her Learn: Stop the School Push Out of Girls of Color Panelists, first row (l-r) Claudia Brooks-McCallum, Salandra Bowman, Dr. Ronald Epps, Lawanda Holliman, and Deputy RSO Meredith Wise While approaching its five year anniversary milestone, members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women recently sponsored two transformational community programs. The chapter’s education committee, co-chaired by Dr. Anita Carman and Pamela Small, hosted a symposium at the William S. Sandel Elementary

School entitled, “Let Her Learn: Stop the School Push Out of Girls of Color.” The program’s four panelists were child advocates Dr. Ronald Epps, former superintendent of Richland School District One; Claudia Brooks- McCallum, principal of William S. Sandel Elementary School; Deputy Meredith Wise, school resource officer; and Salandra Bowman, director of academic and program compliance at South Carolina Technical College System.

The goal of the symposium was to raise awareness of the unfair school push-out of girls of color into a prison pipeline and to develop strategies to address its eradication.

The chapter’s economic empowerment committee subsequently co-sponsored its “5th Annual Financial Literacy Boot Camp” with the education, child and family studies department of Benedict College and Grow Financial Credit Union. The goal of this annual event’s collaboration was to arm the young college students with the ability to make smart, informed financial decisions to enhance a more responsible, savvy approach to budgeting, understanding, and managing money. Joyce Epps and Tonia Johnson-Alston served as co-chairs of this event.

According to chapter president Mary Miller McClellan, both the “Let Her Learn: Stop the School Push Out of Girls of Color Symposium” and the “Annual Financial Literacy Boot Camp” provided educational opportunities of empowerment that benefitted two diverse community demographics.

The Columbia Chapter is one of more than 60 chapters of the National Coalition of the 100 Black Women, Inc., a national organization founded in New York City in 1970 in an effort to continue the successful implementation of socio economic and political strategies that began in the mid 60s. The organization consists of thousands of progressive women of African dissent that represents 63 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

For national coalition information, please visit www.nc100bwcolumbiasc.org or www.ncbw.org.

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