Tribute to African-American women March 31 at Rockford’s Memorial Hall
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The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), Rockford Section, will present the Second Annual “A Tribute to African-American Women: Past & Present” from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford.
Shirley Chisholm, Dorothy I. Height, Fannie Lou Hamer, Barbara Jordan and NCNW founder Mary Mcleod Bethune will be just a few of the sisters of the “past” who will be portrayed by local women in the community.
The tribute to local women representing the “present’” are: George Anne Duckett, Sidella Hughes, Margret Meeks and Carol Moseley Braun. The event will also pay tribute in memoriam of three local servant leaders — Earnestine Kendall, Myrtis Woodard and Rosie Simmons.
Awards will be presented to the following recipients:
George Anne Duckett, Winnebago County Board member, community advocate and owner of The Vital Force newspaper
Sidella Hughes, retired DCFC Lan Specialist, community advocate and plaintiff in the People Who Care lawsuit.
Margret Meeks, community advocate.
Carol Moseley Braun, U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, candidate for the Democratic nomination during the 2004 presidential campaign and former candidate for the mayor of Chicago.
In memoriam — Earnestine Kendall, Myrtis Woodard and Rosie Simmons.
Following is a complete list of honorees to be portrayed during the event:
Shirley Chisholm, portrayed by Litesa Wallace;
Mary McLeod Bethune, portrayed by Stella Adams;
Septima Poinsette Clark, portrayed by Flossie Hoarde;
Fannie Lou Hamer, portrayed by Janelle Wright;
Dorothy Irene Height, portrayed by Dorothy Paige Turner and Joy Sockwell;
Barbara Charline Jordan, portrayed by Paris Gordan;
Harriet Ross Greene Tubman, portrayed by Thomasine Hansard;
Etta James, portrayed by Beth Ann Beal;
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, portrayed by Karen Portis;
Madame C.J. Walker, portrayed by Madelaine Sherod;
Whitney Houston, portrayed by Stephanie Goldsmith;
Nikki Giovanni, portrayed by NaShira Bailey; and
Alice Walker, portrayed by Janet Brown.
Posted March 30, 2012
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