2002-04-06 / Community

Industrial League Celebrates Women’s History Month

The Women’s Industrial League celebrated Black History Month on Saturday, March 16, 2002 at its headquarters at 1428 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway. The program was planned by Mrs. Mae E. Thomas, the executive director, and was presided by our treasurer, Ms. Frances Shackelford.

Highlights of the program were a Bible reading by Ms. Juanita Butcher, an inspirational reading by Ms. Yolanda Walker and a soul-stirring rendition of "It is Well With My Soul" by the President Emeritus, Ms. Josie Dennis.

The special guests were four young women of the Explorers Club, who are trainees for the Port Authority Police: Ms. Sasha Stanford, Ms. Sharon Holmes, Ms. Tonya Stanford and Ms. Latoya Daniels.

Reverend Dr. Henrietta Scott Fullard, pastor of the Bethel AME Church of Arverne, was the guest speaker. She gave an inspiring speech on "The Wailing Women." She reminded us that our "foremothers" wailed and wept in times of desperation and despair. The Women’s Industrial League realize that, under today’s political and social climate, the wailing women of the Bible and times past are needed to bring our communities together today. These women possessed the strength and the courage to persevere, to encourage and to remain steadfast in their faith and hope for the future.


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