HONOREES—Beatrice Morrison, Melo Myers, Alma Speed Fox, Mary Savage and Jean Bryant (Photos by Rossano Stewart)
On March 30, at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) held their fourth Annual Legacy Awards Luncheon, “Women United: Activate The Legacy.” On this afternoon the Rankin/Mon Valley/Pittsburgh section of this organization honored Jean Bryant, Alma Fox, Beatrice Morrison, Melo Myers and Mary Savage, five women who have made their mark in the city of Pittsburgh. Shirley Moore Smeal, executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, served as guest speaker while Sabrina Saunders, director, education and youth development department, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, was the mistress of ceremonies.
NCNW was the creation of Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935. Her goal was to bring women together with a unity of purpose and action. With the power of 38 national women’s organizations and the support of over 200 community-based sections, Mary McLeod Bethune’s vision and spirit lives on. The voices of women all around the world can be heard collectively through the National Council of Negro Women Inc. Dr. Dorothy I. Height, who hailed from Rankin, Pa., was the chair and president emerita until her passing on April 20, 2010. The NCNW Rankin/Mon Valley/Pittsburgh, Pa section is addressing issues such as diabetes awareness. Since their founding, NCNW has focused on fulfilling their mission by launching programs that provide critical services to women, children and families, such as the youth group they have formed within their section.