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United States Congress-woman Maxine Waters (D-Calif. 43rd District) will be the inaugural recipient of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc (NCBW), Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter Legends Civic Engagement Award here on October 29.
Waters, and four local African-American women will be honored at the NCBW Legends Jazz Brunch being held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix at 11 a.m.
Local women leaders to be recognized for their trailblazing contributions to the community include Michele Halyard, M.D., Dr. Grace Wright, Mary Adair, and Dr. Ann Hart.
Kim Covington, senior director of Community Initiatives at the Arizona Community Foundation, will be the event’s emcee and contemporary jazz saxophonist Eric Darius is the featured artist.
Congresswoman Waters will appear for a VIP reception beforehand, and later offer keynote remarks at the brunch. Waters is a member of the Congressional Progressive Cau-cus, and a member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
With more than 37 years of public service, she is one of the most powerful and well known figures in American politics, and has earned the reputation of being a fearless and outspoken voice and advocate for women, children, people of color, and the poor.
Congresswoman Waters is a longtime friend to Arizonans, having appeared locally to support Black politicians and candidates.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is an historic African-American advocacy organization established to promote the professional development, personal growth and economic well-being of black women and girls. Since its chartering in November 2015, the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter has been on a mission to effect positive, meaningful and sustainable change to improve the lives of women and girls of African descent throughout the Phoenix metropolitan community and beyond. Through collaborative programs and initiatives in the areas of health, education, economic empowerment and public policy/legislative advocacy, NCBW Phoenix aims to continue this journey.
For information and tickets visit ncbwphoenixmetro.org.