An evening of dinner, dancing and celebration took place on April 30 at the Millennium Maxwell House. The members of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., (NHBW) held the Fannie Lou Hamer Carmel and Chocolate Gala. This second year honored teachers and educators.
“This endeavor assists in providing scholarships to deserving young ladies and men,” said State Representative Brenda Gilmore, NHBW President. “We are grateful to the Gala Committee, the members and the outpouring of support from the community, businesses and friends that made financial or in-kind contributions.”
Special honor was given to Fannie Lou Hamer and her family members who were in attendance. Fannie Lou Townsend (Oct. 6, 1917-March 14, 1977) was born in the Mississippi Delta on a plantation where sharecropping was the norm. Fannie Lou Hamer became an icon and one of the most powerful leaders in the struggle for Blacks to vote. Hamer is noted for saying: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!”
The Gala was led by television anchor/reporter Vicki Yates. Several awards were given, including: Excellence in Teaching Award, Community Star Award, Presidential Award, and NHBW Teacher of the Year.
The night ended with donations from the Silent Auction, Stilleto Contest winners and dancing.
NHBW co-chairs of the event were Marilyn T. Bell, NHBW first vice president and Belinda Williams, NHBW second vice-president, who worked with NHBW President Tenn. state Rep. Brenda Gilmore.