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While her hard work and perseverance earned Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels a spot in Black History Month, she is best known for making sure black women were included and for celebrating all women during Women’s  History Month and beyond. This year, Dr. Samuels can take a bow as the Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Women Flying High and a host of prominent business, political and community leaders honor her for four decades of devoted work empowering Women and Girls in Georgia. The 20th Annual Women’s History Month luncheon will take place on Friday March 30, 2018 at The Carter Center.

Dr. Samuels grew up poor in Forsyth Georgia but went on to work alongside Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., served at the White House under President Jimmy Carter, founded Georgia Coalition for Black Women and, after years of advocacy work, she established Women Flying High, LLC  to form strategic alliances and joint venture opportunities that would increase women’s share of government contracts.

The first Black female in Georgia’s history to serve on the personal staff of a Georgia Governor, Dr. Samuels served as Governor Jimmy Carter’s coordinator of the Governor’s Council on Human Relations. She also worked as a consultant with the Carter White House Staff in 1977 as well as with the Community Services Administration. And in 1983, Samuels served as director of former Mayor Andrew Young’s Office of Citizens & Community Affairs.

WHO:              Georgia Coalition of Black Women

Women Flying High, LLC,

20th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon Host Committee:

Ms. Henrietta Antoinin

Ms. Mary Beazley

Ms. Helen Butler, The Peoples’ Agenda

Ms. Melanie Campbell, NCBCP & Black Women’s Roundtable

Ms. Xernona Clayton, Trumpet Foundation

Ms. Felicia Davis, HBCU Green Fund

Ms. Linda Edwards, Edwards Pitman

Former Mayor Shirley Franklin

Ms. Dorothy Harris, D Clark Harris

Ms. Janet Hart, Atlanta Environment Management

Attorney Bettieanne Hart

Dr. Bernice A. King, Martin Luther King Jr. Center

Ms. Henrietta Kisseih , Kissburg Construction

Ms. Mary Parker, All n One Security

Ms. Susan Ross

Ms. Carla Sanders

Ms. Pamela Smith, Smith Real Estate Services

Ms. Cathelean Steele, SCLC Inc.

Ms. Yolanda Stewart

Ms. Peggy Timberlake

Ms. Jo Ann Tuttle, JAT Consulting

Ms. Carolyn Young

Ms. Wendy Williams, WCLK Radio


WHAT: 20th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon honoring Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels


WHEN:            Date:  Friday, March 30 2018

Time: 12 to 2:00 PM (doors open 11:30 am)


WHERE:           The Carter Center

453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307


HOW:              For tickets, tables and to RSVP iask@bellsouth.net or 678.612.6497


MEDIA CONTACT: Edrea Davis edmedia@dogonvillage.com or 770.961.6200

Prominent Atlanta Leaders to Honor Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels for Her Impact on Women’s History was originally published on atlantadailyworld.com

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