Livingstone College

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

“Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” was the National Theme for the 2014 Women in History. Livingstone College hosted the Katharine W. Osborne Women in History Brunch in the William J. Trent Gymnasium to 180 women and men on Friday, March 21, 2014. Guest speaker for the event was bestselling author Lutishia Lovely.

The Brunch is our time for celebrating the accomplishments of women. Women have made great strides throughout history and despite the many challenges faced, have withstood the test of time and continue to leave a legacy for others to follow – “footprints in the sand.”

We salute women of all races and backgrounds and we stand firm in our quest to move onward and upward standing on the shoulder of those before us. As Earle Smith states, “your life shall be valued not by what you take but by what you give.” If not for the women of past generations who fought with character, courage and commitment, making a paradigm shift on behalf of women, where would we be?
Ms. Lovely stated, “From Queen Hatshepsut, the first female Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most successful to ever reign, to the current reigning first lady, Michelle Obama,” there have been women possessing character, courage and commitment since the beginning of time.

The speaker also included others such as: Sojourner Truth, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Florence Nightngale, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Corretta Scott King, Dorthy Height, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and even her 97 year old great Aunt Val, Grandmother Amanda and her mother who, after raising five children, went to college and earned two bachelor degrees and a master degree in Social Work. It is never too late to make a difference.

She stated that “along with these names, however, are millions of faceless women whose names we don’t know but who undoubtedly impacted many lives. I’m sure that most of you in this room either know of or grew up seeing such women, those who displayed such attributes every day of their lives.” So often, it is just a matter of looking in the mirror to see the person who is staring back at you.
Ms. Lovely is the author of over thirty novels. Lutishia, and actress herself, has enjoyed several different careers to include a radio personality, magazine editor, and even a rapper but her careers all had one continuous theme – the “world of words.” Her love for writing allows her to novels that inspire as well as entertain.

Lovely is a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America and a life member of the NAACP. She resides in Southern California and enjoys sports, the arts, travel, hearing from her readers and loves to create vegan cuisine for family and friends.

We are grateful to all of our Women in History supporters and especially our sponsors. Thank you sponsors: Food Lion, Inc. – Corporate Sponsor; Individual Sponsors : KKA Architecture (Karen A. Alexander), Levonia M. Corry ’66, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Barbara S. Gaul ’62 & Hazel S. Kennedy ’62, Barbara J. Hosch ’69, Willie Jean Kennedy’ 67, Kay Wright Norman ’64 & Stephanie Wright Norman, Earle L. Smith ’70, Dr. Lea Vickers, Susan Watson ’78, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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