Women celebrating women grand gala

Women celebrating women grand gala
Women Celebrating Women honorees with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and her mother, Dr. Una Clarke; from left, Inez King, Dr. Bernice Dema, Rita Joseph, Yvonne Maynard, Elizabeth Gonsalves and Audrey Doorn, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Dr. Una Clarke, Nadine Ranger-Akinyemi, Rose Graham, Gemma Thomas-Ahyase, Victoria Mitchell and Ancilla Friday.
Photo by Sharon Gordon
Photo by Sharon Gordon

The event, Women Celebrating Women began as a “thank you party” in 1991 dedicated to the many women who had worked diligently to elect Una Clarke to the New York City Council.

The event was organized to coincide with Women’s History Month in the United States. Now celebrating 20 years, Women Celebrating Women have recognized hundreds of women from all areas of society.

On Palm Sunday, April 1, an international gathering of women along with their families and friends converged on the Tropical Ballroom in Brooklyn for the 20th annual Women Celebrating Women Grand Gala. The auspicious red carpet affair featured a who’s who of New York elected officials, community leaders and members of the private and public sector.

Among the 15 distinguished honorees representing various disciplines, many are immigrants who came to America in search of the “American Dream.” These women were recognized for their tireless efforts and their commitment to community development.

In addressing those gathered, Dr. Una Clarke remarked that “This celebration is the acknowledgement by the women of the PDPA and our nominating committee that you are women of excellence, role models and contributors to the development of women and our community.” The PDPA is the Brooklyn based Progressive Democrats Political Association founded by Dr. Clarke and her supporters more than 20 years ago.

In her address, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke said, “I applaud the leadership of this organization, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, C.D., the founder and committee members who have made an immeasurable impact on the children, families, and friends of this community.”

In acknowledging that the road to equality was and still remain a difficult path to pave Congresswoman Clarke added, “let us continue to work together to ensure a brighter future for the next generation of women.”

The women gathered and so did their families, friends and supporters who packed the Tropical Ballroom to more than its capacity. The Isaiah Youth Drummers caused a stir when they received three encores which caused two Nigerian women, dressed regally in traditional wear to do an impromptu demonstration of an African dance, which had everyone on their feet.

Congress Woman Clarke reminded everyone to be mindful of their actions or lack of it with regards to civic engagement as “complacency becomes complicit!”

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