ORGANIZERS—Brenda Tate and Trudy Avery

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives recently held The NOBLE Women’s Symposium A White Linen Affair, with the theme for the evening  “All That Jazz,” at the beautiful Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. This was just one of the stellar events held for the 37th annual conference.

The evening featured inspirational stories shared by women of distinction. The presentation of the first Jessie W. Fleming “Women of the Year” Award was presented to Marsha Grayson, Esq. The featured speakers were Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen, NOBLE National President and Assistant Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Maurita Bryant, and renowned jazz vocalist Etta Cox. Each woman told amazing stories that were powerful and uplifting. Ladies were stunning in beautiful summer white.  



Teresa Minor and Marsha Hughes Grayson

The next evening on Aug. 7, the annual awards banquet was held at the David Lawrence Convention Center where Bryant passed the baton to Chief John I. Dixon III who was sworn in as the new national president at the annual conference. Dixon serves as the chief of police for the city of Petersburg, Va.



DYNAMIC DUO—Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen and Etta Cox



NATIONAL HOST—Maurita Bryant (Photos by J.L. Martello)



TRAILBLAZER—Alma Speed Fox speaks to the room full of women.



AWARDEE—Marsha Hughes Grayson and husband, Rev. Glenn Grayson, with Marsha’s  Jessie A. Flemming NOBLE woman of the year award.



NOBLE WOMEN—Sauntee Turner, public safety manager, city of Pittsburgh, and Paula Kellerman, department of Personal for the city of Pittsburgh.


NOBLE WOMEN—Sitting, from left: Vera Hefflin, of East Liberty Pittsburgh, and Vera Pentecost Huston, of Texas. Standing, from left: Vera Dixon, of Richmond, Va., and Vera Pool from Portland, Ore.


STUNNING—Diane Richard, Pittsburgh police, and Tamika Stanley



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