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African heritage honored by local group

A local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) has issued a scholarship for the county’s African American community.

The NCNW is a coalition comprised of more than 200 communities spread across 32 states. The group works to “enlighten and inspire” more than 3 million women and men throughout the nation, according to Suhailah Beyah, a member of the local Colleton County NCNW chapter.

Members of the Colleton County group include: Assayla Bodison, Helen Bodison, Gloria Roberson, Betty Hawkins, Shirley Singleton, Geraldine Stallings, Belle Behling, Antoinette Kinsey, Louise Slater, Freances Whittington, Suhailah Beyah and Carolyn Winn.

“Its mission is to lead, advocate for an inspire women of African descendent,” said Beyah.

Beyah also spoke about the group’s purpose and mission during a recent scholarship banquet. That banquet featured solo performances by Alyssa Bodison and remarks by the local chapter’s President, Geraldine Stallings. The banquet also included a special speech given by Dr. Rhonda Edwards, a board member with the S.C. Department of Education. The local chapter of the NCNW was created in 1976 under the original leadership of Sarah Leonard.

According to Beyah, the Colleton County chapter meets monthly and will continue to educate local residents on issues facing the African community. Specifically, Beyah says the local chapter’s members will focus on educating the Colleton community about health issues facing the African American community. The group will also focus on educational opportunities and in promoting the sciences and math within the black community.

Heather Walters (1319 Posts)