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100 Black Women celebrate eight-year milestone



The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (S.C.) Chapter recently celebrated an eight-year anniversary of advocacy and empowerment for women and girls of African descent at its “Virtual My Sister’s Keeper Annual Awards Ceremony” May 21.

During the event, six exceptional community leaders were honored and five outstanding high school seniors were awarded $5,000 in scholarships.

The 2022 honorees included Patricia Ann K. Abraham, Economic Empowerment awardee; Darci Strickland, Special Recognition awardee; Dr. Thrisha Shiver, Chapter Recognition awardee; Doris Glymph Greene, Education awardee, Lydia Oveta V. Glover, Public Advocacy awardee; and Robin Jackson, Community Service awardee.

The 2022 scholarship recipients included Gabrielle Fauntleroy, Dreher High School; Vone’ T. Whaley, Ridge View High School; Faith Aiken, Ridge View High School; Brianna Carman, Ridge View High School; and Makayla Chisholm, Dreher High School.

President Mary Miller McClellan announced at the ceremony that during the past eight years, the Columbia (S.C.) Chapter has awarded $42,000 in scholarships to 42 high school seniors of African descent. The chapter has also recognized and honored the contributions of 33 African American community leaders who serve the community with a goal of transforming the lives of women and families of African descent in the Midlands. The chapter created numerous alliances and partnerships with local entities whose missions are aligned with the coalition.



The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization founded in the winter of 1970 in New York City when 24 black women, led by visionary Edna Beach, began meeting in their homes to assess the problems and opportunities left behind in the wake of the turbulent 1960s. The national organization consists of thousands of progressive women of African descent who represent 63 chapters in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Its membership includes a diverse group of women who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, court judges, corporate managers, vice presidents, artists, media personalities, labor leaders, public relations specialists, consultants, and elected officials.

The local Columbia (S.C.) Chapter was organized by Mary Miller McClellan.

The vision of the coalition is to see black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment. For additional information on this organization, please email

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