Local Delegation Attends NCNW’s 54th National Convention

Pictured l-r are: Alma Addison, Jacqueline Elmore, Michael V. Roberts, and Estelle Mannion
Pictured l-r are: Alma Addison, Jacqueline Elmore, Michael V. Roberts, and Estelle Mannion

Members of the Savannah Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., attended the organization’s 54th National Convention, held at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, from December 1st through 6th. The delegation included: Estelle Mannion, the Section’s president and organizer, Alma Addison, Denise Smith and Jacqueline Elmore. The Convention’s theme, “Harnessing Intergenerational Power” focused on the importance of utilizing the collective knowledge, abilities and strengths of all women and girls to lessen the disparities that African-Americans face in our communities and in our the world. Dr. Dorothy I. Height, NCNW National President, presided over the sessions and the attendees heard from such notable speakers as Michael V. Roberts, Willie Jolly, Alexis Herman and many others. Members of the delegation were also privy to a tour of the White House and a legislative briefing. The briefing was led by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Presidential Advisor and Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor. Senior level cabinet staff joined in the appeal for attention to: support and advocacy for quality education; equity in hiring and compensation for women; and, major health concerns in minority communities.

The National Council of Negro Women has been in existence since 1935. It has an outreach to more than four million women worldwide. The Savannah Section, one of more than 250 community based sections, invites membership of women, girls and men (associate members) who want to help empower others in building upon the legacy left by Mary McLeod Bethune. The local section will focus on her legacy and promote this year’s theme at its annual Harambee Breakfast, on February 27, 2009. Please save the date and watch for more details to be released very soon.

For information on membership, please contact Mrs. Shanita Pond at 912- 257-9346 or Estelle Mannion at (12-441-6813.

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