Coalition of 100 Black Women
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Tidewater Chapter

Our Founders

Founded in 1983, the eight (8) organizers and founders of the Tidewater Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women were:

Joyce Tate Brown*

Ethelyn Strong*

Vivian West

  Faye Strong Tetlow*

  Lucille Olds

Lena Dabney*

  Mary Corprew

Shirley Winstead

The Charter Members were: June Banks, Joyce Brown*, Olivia Brown, Mary Corprew, Dana Evans, Jocelyn Goss*, Sylvia Hodges-Melvin, Emma Hoffler*, Cynthia Mitchell, Lena Dabney*, Eileen OIds, Esq., Frances OIds*, Lucille Olds, Audrey Orton, Wilhelmenia Smith, Lillian Stephenson, Ethelyn Strong*, Eunice Terry, Mona Thornton, Evelyn Peevy, Evelyn Wall, Vivian West, Shirley Winstead, Rose Marie Ward, Inez Wilson*, and Evelyn Williams.

* Deceased

Our Past Chapter Presidents

Left to Right: Audrey Douglas-Cooke (immediate past), Gloria Adderly,
Evelyn Peevy, Charlotte Maull

Our History

Joyce Brown introduced potential coalition members to Dr. Vivian Howard, a Virginia State math professor and Richmond Coalition member who presented the National Coalition goals. Our inaugural goal setting priorities were conducted by Dr. Howard and held at the home of Vivian West. Decisions to seek appropriate application for membership prevailed as Joyce informed the group that it was also necessary to complete a proposal describing present programs. The proposal and application were submitted to Iris Dance, president of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Chapter.

The programs included Education led by Dr. Shirley Winstead and Lena Dabney. They assisted in the growth and development of young women attending Norfolk State University.  Lillie Goode, a music teacher in Chesapeake chaired the Performing Arts program.  Students attended city-wide concerts and many programs on Saturday mornings. The third facet of the chapter programs was Civic Activities spearheaded by Vivian West. Voter education and registration was our top priority for all civic involvement. Partnered with the Urban League, the Chesapeake Women's Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Letters were mailed to schools and civic leagues to inform the citizens of programs focused on drop-outs and social ills. Presenters in Drop-outs were spearheaded with Charles Beckets, Assistant principal of Lake Taylor high School and Eileen aIds, Esq. They challenged students to remain in school and value education. Ms. Olds explained her involvement with the Courts and how judges are no longer listening to excuses from parents and children about

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women will mobilize its constituencies to achieve the following:

  • Build Leaders
  • Effect decisions
  • Strive for full participation in local, state and national affairs that determine the destinies of Black Women