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NAACP salutes outstanding women in Birmingham metro area

From left: Art Franklin, George Browman, Saundra little Brown, Felecia Rucker-Sumerlin, Mother Rucker, Agnes Chappell, and Hezekiah Jackson IV.

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The Metro Birmingham Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently hosted its 16th Annual Salute to Wonderful Outstanding Women (WOW) at Miles College in the Pearson Hall Auditorium.

Each year, the WOW awards highlight the leadership, accomplishments, and outstanding service contributions of women in Metropolitan Birmingham.

Juandalynn D. Givan, Alabama State Representative, was the keynote speaker. The event also included remarks by Hezekiah Jackson IV, NAACP President/Program Chair and Art Franklin, of WIAT TV 42, who served as Master of Ceremony.

Dignitaries in attendance included Jefferson County Commission President Pro Tem Sandra L. Brown and The Honorable Judge Agnes Chappell, who co-chaired the event.

Among the honorees were Ella Byrd McCain, Lifetime Achievement/Community Service; Dr. Emma Thornton Shepard, Lifetime Achievement Excellence in Education; Evelyn P. Blackman, Lifetime Achievement Music Ministry and Evangelist Dana Dansby, Outstanding First Lady.

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