Nat’l Coalition of 100 Black Women hosts economic summit
DOVER, Del. – On Saturday dozens of women went to Delaware State University to learn about finances, health, and one major theme: empowerment.
“Empowerment is my ability to feel strength and resolve within my self to move forward and to activate what I have been given,” Dr. Doris Griffin, First Vice President of Programs with the Delaware Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, said.
That was the goal on Saturday on the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s summit: to give women the tools and resources they need to be the driver of their own life.
“There are resources that are available to help to educate ourselves, there are actions that we can take as individual women to advance and build wealth in our families,” Ray Jones Avery, the chapter president, said.
But the summit wasn’t a one size fits all. Women of all ages, from all over the state of Delaware were invited, some even as young as high school students.
“We want to make sure that we’re hitting everyone by empowering them and engaging them, first when they’re young and then when you’re in mid career or reaching retirement,” Latisha Bracy, Economic Empowerment Chair, said.
The women participated in seminars and discussions about budgeting, saving money, and even how health can impact your financial status. And the participants say those are lessons they did not want to miss.
“I actually just saw this on social media yesterday, and the title just grabbed me, it was about sisterhood, and money, and I just thought I have to be there,” Yenetta McClain, a participant, said.
And as the day wrapped up, organizers say they hope each women left with one message:
“You’re not in it by yourself, the message is you are in this with others who believe in you, who are willing to help you selflessly,” Dr. Griffin said.