On Saturday September 24, the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) held their 22nd annual Torchbearer Awards. The event took place at the beautiful Martin’s West reception hall. After checking in, the atmosphere reminded me of a reunion of elegant, long-standing and dear friends. At my own table there were women who had been coming to the dinner for all 22 years.
The theme of the breakfast was “Continuing the Legacy: Embracing Advocacy in a Changing World”. The honorees, which included The Honorable Wanda Keyes Heard, (associate judge in the 8th judicial circuit), The Honorable Marcella Holland (associate judge on the Baltimore City circuit court), Richard Swartz (a fourth-generation furrier who spoke of his grandfather’s radical idea that all customers should be able to shop in his store regardless of race), G.I. Johnson (special assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Baltimore Housing), and Nancy Jordan-Howard (NCBW member). There were also several notable accomplished and notable guests from the Maryland Senate, House of Representatives, Baltimore City Council, Heart & Soul Magazine and PNC Bank. It was an inspiring morning.
The NCBW began in New York City in 1971 and the Baltimore chapter was chartered in 1989. Key programs include: leadership development; visibility and effectiveness in the socioeconomic and political arenas; education, health and economic development; mentoring for young women. For more information please visit here.