National Coalition of 100 Black Women Launches Charter in
Phoenix Under the Leadership of Local Attorney Charlene Tarver
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|Left: National President, Michele McNeill - Emery awards a fellow member. Right: Phoenix Chapter President Charlene Tarver with members and
"If you are not at the table, you are on the menu," declared Michele McNeill - Emery, National President of the Coalition of 100 Black
Women at the official chartering ceremony held at the Arizona Biltmore on November 14, 2015. Addressing a fully-attended crowd of
predominately African-American women with a complimentary inclusion of African-American men to support the worthy cause,
McNeill - Emery, stressed the importance of uniting to form an equitable coalition that supports the health, education, and economic
well-being of black women and black girls in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
With approximately 22 officers, as well as a vast number of directors and chair members proportionately stationed from the east to the
west coast, the 35-year old nonprofit organization's mission is to "seek effective solutions to the many challenges faced by
African-American communities throughout the Unites States". Some of the areas of interest the coalition plans to unite for are gender
equity issues, inclusion, respect, racial & social justice, integrity & accountability, economic empowerment and collaboration with
like-minded organizations that will help to strengthen the committee's efforts.
Overseeing and spearheading the internal operations in Phoenix is Charlene Tarver, Esq., who will serve as President of the local
chapter. "In chartering this chapter, our members had one unified vision," said Tarver. "Our vision is to pool our resources and spheres
of influence to collectively, collaboratively and strategically advocate on behalf of Black women and girls; thus uplifting the entire
Phoenix metropolitan community, and the state," Tarver announced proudly.
Beginning their work with more than 46 women strong, in addition to Tarver, other recognizable charter members include former
Attorney General Sandra Kennedy, daytime television personality Susan Casper, from Sonoran Living Live, former Channel 12 News
Anchor Kim Covington who now equally serves as Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Community Initiatives for the Arizona Community
Foundation and nationally-known recording artist, CeCe Peniston.
Also in attendance to lend words of encouragement and show support in officiating the National Coalition of 100 Black Women's
introduction to the state of Arizona was Congressman Ruben Gallego, Phoenix District 8 Councilwoman Kate Gallego, and State
Representative from Disrict 27 Reginald Bolding.
For more information on the coalition's efforts, visit www.facebook.com/NCBWPhoenix.
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