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Local Women Honored At Janet Goseske Center

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The 11th annual Black History luncheon was recently held with some of the Riverside areas most prestigious women sharing information regarding Powerful Black Women that have inspired them.

Dr. Carolyn Murray shared her admiration for Dr. Sandra Murry, Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Woodie Rucker-Hughes spoke of Civil Rights activists, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Germain Strothers M.D. chose to speak about her mother Ruth Strothers who instilled a sense or perseverance that has prevailed in her quest for education.

Edna Osborn, a longtime devoted volunteer at the Goeske Center shared her admiration for Entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, Christina Reid-Brown shared how she admired Rosa Parks during her childhood in Selma, Alabama, Rev. Jerry Hobby was inspired by the great Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and fighter for women’s rights. Ennette Morton, Director of the Metropolitan Museum found inspiration in the Political.

Museum found inspiration in the Political accomplishments of Shirley Chilsolm. The audience received a special treat when 94 year Fannie Bennett recited a poem,” A Good Man Is Hard To Find”. Dr. Germain Strothers provided musical selections that included a stirring rendition of “The Wind Beneath My Winds”.

Theresa Denham, Senior Services Director credited Chairperson Helen Christmon for the success of the event.

She stated due to Mrs. Christmon’s hard work and unique creativity the audience has doubled over her threeyear chairmanship. The luncheon is held annually on the last Friday in February.

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