( ENSPIRE COMMUNITY ) Shirley Chisholm Women on Distinction Celebration in Brooklyn
At the annual Shirley Chisholm Women Distinction Celebration in Brooklyn presented by Council Member Jumaanie Williams, six women from various industries such as public advocacy and entertainment were honored. We were entertained by the invigorating vibes and talent of the Brooklyn United Marching Band and Dancers and a breath taking spoken word piece that left guests on their feet by Alexis Wint. The empowering words of keynote speaker Letitia A. “Tish” James set the motivating tone for the evening. At the Shirley Chisholm Women Distinction Celebration in Brooklyn, each honoree left the guests with golden nuggets for success. After such an amazing evening, I can almost guarantee that Shirley Chisholm and many other foremothers are looking down on us in amazement at what transpired at the Brooklyn Public Library in March. Many say hats off to those women honored but instead I say stilettos off to those women who walk the walk, who strive for excellency and recognize that the only way to succeed is to serve.
Too often we worry about reputation but forget about character. Character is what matters when the cameras are off and you walk away from the podium. —Valiesha Butterfield Jones
We are in an age where ratchet is cool…we have to let our girls know their power. —Lisa Evers
I am because you are. Proverb quoted by Opal Tometi
All we do is talk. We must meet in the street and shut it down. —Tamika Mallory
The poise, class and tenacity of each woman who graced the stage exuded the essence of excellency. The kind of excellency Shirley Chisholm executed during her life as a leader, educator, author and first female candidate for presidency in 1972.
The goal and mission of this event was to “celebrate female trailblazers from NYC that rise above the status quo and use their expertise to inspire young women.” The Shirley Chisholm Women Distinction Celebration in Brooklyn event definitely did that and more. I am sure that when Ms. Chisholm found her purpose and began her journey she would never thought she would become who she was and inspire the many trailblazers that carry on her legacy today.
Hats of to Council Member Jumaanie Williams and his co-host, Council Member Laurie Cumbo and stilettos off to the keynote speaker Letitia A “Tish” James.
Lisa Evers– Broadcast Journalist HOT 97 & FOX 5 News
Opal Tometi– Co-Founder Black Lives Matter & Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Valiesha Butterfield Jones– WEEN Co-Founder & Google Head of Black Community Engagement
Tamika Mallory– CEO of Mallory Consulting, LLC
Robin Redmond– Executive Director Flatbush Development Corporation
Chaka Pilgrim– President of RocNation
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