Female Leaders in Tennessee Black Churches Hold Fundraiser in Support of Historically Black Colleges

Dr. Inetta Rogers greets Mary Brooks (left) during the Leading Ladies High Tea at Bridges on June 1, 2019. Rogers was toastmaster for the event, a fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund and LeMoyne Owen College. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

First ladies and other female leadership of local African-American churches gathered Saturday morning at Bridges USA for a high tea luncheon in support of LeMoyne-Owen College and the United Negro College Fund.

Along with refreshments and fellowship, several women were honored for their commitment to the Memphis community.

“It’s a great way, as a ‘friendraiser,’ for the president to meet some of the female faith leaders in the community. I think it’s great,” LeMoyne-Owen College’s vice president for institutional advancement Tony Neal said.

Returning from a four-year hiatus, he said that this year’s event is tailored to highlight the college’s first female president, Dr. Andrea Miller, and her connection with other women in Memphis.

“That’s what this is all about,” Neal said. “It’s not always about raising money, it’s about building relationships and expanding those relationships.”

“LeMoyne-Owen is supported hugely by the faith community,” Miller said. “They have, through the years, continuously supported LeMoyne-Owen, whether it be in student activities, scholarships or operating funds.”