On Thursday evening December 12 CWM, Queens of Charlotte Mecklenburg, The League of Women Voters of Charlotte Mecklenburg, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Queen City Metropolitan Chapter gathered at the Levine Museum of the New South for Reception to Celebrate Women Elected to Office .
The evening’s program began with a welcome by Emcee Connie Green-Johnson, President of Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County. Green-Johnson introduced humorist Celia Rivenbark who delighted attendees with her topical and politically-infused opening remarks. Rivenbark, a native of Duplin County, N.C., is the New York Times best-selling author of seven Southern humor books including the Southern Independent Booksellers’ nonfiction book of the year “We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier.” Currently she writes a weekly political humor column which appears in newspapers across the country, including The Charlotte Observer.
Keynote Speaker Lyric Thompson is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she teaches a graduate level course on women’s rights advocacy. In August of 2019, Lyric was nominated by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Council for Women; she is also on the board of the advocacy organization North Carolina Women United.
In her remarks, Lyric challenged women to meet a goal — 50% of North Carolina elected official should be women. After all, women represent 50% of the population.
The 3rd Annual December Celebration of Women Elected to Office honored both the newly elected, women currently in office and, additionally, recognized women who paved the way for all who have followed.
Emcee Connie Green-Johnson (at Podium), President of Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County.
Women elected to office in 2019 include:from left Amelia Stinson Wesley, Pineville Town Council; Renee Garner, Matthews Board of Commissioners; Victoria Watlington, District 3 Charlotte City Council, Elyse Dashew, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board Of Education-At large, Dimple Ajmera, Charlotte City Council At-Large, Jennifer De La Jara, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board Of Education-At large
NC House Representative Carolyn Logan presented the Dovey Award to Ella Scarborough for her groundbreaking leadership in becoming the first African American woman elected to the Charlotte City Council At-Large in 1987. She continues to serve on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners in an At-Large Position. Always dedicated to the Mecklenburg people, she serves on the Economic Development Committee to encourage economic growth and prosperity for all people and businesses in the County.
We are grateful to the Event Committee and Contributors and Sponsors who helped make this event possible:
Delores Johnson Hurt
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. – QCMC
Cannady Media Group
Charlotte Women’s March
Kay Etheridge Pottery
League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Levine Museum of the New South
Queens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Thank you to Aaron Cannady at Cannady Media Group, for the use of these photos.