The Oakland Bay Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women presented its 17th Annual Madame CJ Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards at a luncheon and fundraising event in San Francisco on April 10, 2015. President Cheryl Perry League welcomed some 1,100 supporters and leaders including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, President of the San Francisco Chapter of 100 Black Women Dr. Maxine Hickman, President of the Sacramento Chapter of 100 Black Women Evelyn Fraizer and President of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Frank Tucker. San Francisco Supervisor London Breed served as mistress of ceremonies and Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education & External Relations for Intel Corporation Rosalind L Hudnell delivered the keynote address, A Gift of Confidence, aimed to inspire, empower and encourage.
Red Carpet Bay Area congratulates luncheon co-chairs Lydia Taylor Bellinger and Shari Wooldridge and salutes the 2015 Madame CJ Walker award winners:
Madam C. J. Walker Community Partner Award: 102.9 KBLX
Madam C. J. Walker Advocacy Award: Sondra Alexander
Madam C. J. Walker Corporate Award: Shellye L. Archambeau
Madam C. J. Walker Essay Contest Winner: Brooklynn Forrest
Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer Award: Dr. Mary Ann Jones
Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur Award: Melanie Shelby
Scenes from the event:
Photos by viZionS Photography
Madame CJ Walker (1867-1919) was a successful entrepreneur, the first female, self-made millionaire in the United States of America, a philanthropist and a social activist. Her products for hair growth and healthy hair are still available today.