Committee recognizes women for their achievements

By Toria Smith

The Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee held its 20th annual Celebration of Women’s Achievement award ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

The Committee, founded in the 1980s, hosts a variety of programs throughout the year including fashion shows, beauty pageants, children’s programs, self-esteem programs and scholarship programs.

”We work closely with public officials and citizens,” Activity Chairperson Sylvia Morrow said.

Women from throughout Natchitoches Parish were recognized during Saturday’s ceremony for their achievements in municipal government, community service, civic engagement, education, media relations, medicine, genealogical preservation and public speaking.

”Today, we are honoring women who challenge the traditional role of women,” Debra Jones said. ”Women leaders should be considered the norm.”

Margaret Barnum, Linda Franklin, Helen L. Obioha, Etta Prudhomme, Katrina Demars, Carolyn LaCour, Corey Poole and Betty Shields were the honorees at this year’s ceremony. They were presented medals and certificates from the Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana House of Representatives.

At the end of the program, each honoree made a speech in which they spoke about their achievements and about how grateful they were for this recognition.