“I thank my mamma who put three hunky plaits in my hair and rubbed my face down with Johnson and Johnson baby cream every morning. She would step back, look at me with a smile and say, ‘That’s Mamma’s pretty baby,’ and I would go skipping out the house with my dark skin, full lips and big nose, knowing I was beautiful because my mother told me so,” said former state legislator Dr. Maggie Glover.
In 1993, Glover became the first African-American woman ever elected to the South Carolina State Senate. Glover will be the keynote speaker for a National Women’s History Month program sponsored by The Jewels Coalition.
The newly formed organization will serve as host of the event at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Calhoun County High School.
“We need to go a step beyond just talking about making a difference,” said founder Helen Carson-Peterson, a former member of Calhoun County Council.
During the event, Peterson plans to unveil plans for The Jewels Coalition.
The new initiative will focus on what she says will be a collaborative group of women who are determined to address the social and political needs of the community.
“We will work cohesively with community and nonprofit organizations to move beyond just talking a good game and really tackling issues that impact our neighbors and friends,” Peterson said.
“People need affordable health care. They deserve a right to know and understand decisions that are being made that will impact their lives,” she said. “Women, in particular, have the potential power to retake communities for the greater good.”
“By birth, we are nature’s first teachers. That is part of God’s divine plan,” Glover said. “When you stick a microphone in front of any male athlete or visible figure, the first person they thank is their mother.”
Born in Florence to the late Fulton and Ethel Wallace, Glover graduated from Fayetteville State University with a B.S. degree in English/Speech and received her Masters in Education from Francis Marion College. She served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1989-1992.
Source: The Times and Democrat |