- Category: News
24 Feb 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The upscale event honors and recognizes the significant achievements, contributions and work of outstanding African-American women from the Greater Memphis community. Nominations are now being accepted.
African-American women have contributed much toward shaping America’s history, often against considerable odds. Throughout history African-American women such as Phyllis Wheatley, Constance Baker Motley, and Madame C. J. Walker, have made contributions of excellence in their respective professions and industries.
In character, manner and style these women portray virtues of not only excellence, but self-confidence and dignity as well. They are women governed by a personal code of ethics that demands accountability and integrity. They are women who exercise self-control, demonstrate personal strength and possess power as well as elegance and grandeur.
Today, many African-American women are in the forefront of all sectors from politics and public service to business and entertainment. The Tri-State Defender will acknowledge these women for their contributions to the region, to the community, and to the business world. We will induct the 2011 Women of Excellence class under the institution of High Tea. Welcoming them with the advantages of high society, we will indulge the honorees with luminous service and a luxurious environment fitting of the TSD Women of Excellence.
Bernal E. Smith II, President and Publisher of the Tri-State Defender expressed his excitement about the event.
“April 15th, the TSD will take the opportunity to recognize, honor and uplift deserving African-American women who have consistently made a difference in the lives of others and in making Memphis a better place to live. Women have long been the backbone of our community, contributing significantly to our growth and progress. They deserve a day of recognition and reward for all they do and for all they mean to us,” said Smith.
“The Tri-State Defender is ecstatic to take a leading role in honoring those that consistently demonstrate excellence in their spheres of influence and for their service in improving the quality of life for those around them. We look forward to a robust number of nominations and to selecting another phenomenal group of women to honor for their service and steadfast commitment to excellence.”
This week, a special selection committee began seeking nominations from the community of Women of Excellence who have displayed exceptional courage, unwavering conviction and extraordinary grace. Each candidate must be a local African-American woman executive, business owner or community leader. Each woman should possess demonstrated success within her field of endeavor, be a positive role model whose contributions encourage others, and be active in community service or organizational involvement.
We invite the community to join us in celebrating the Women of Excellence 2011.
(Download a nomination form)