Central Mississippi Chapter History:
During the mid- 1980’s, Ms. Bettye S. Hunt had the dream of bringing a local chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Jackson. Circumstances conspired to prolong the effort and her dream was not realized until 1992. In January, 1992 three prominent Jackson area women, Dr. Carrine Harris Bishop, Mrs. Barbara Martin Blackmon, and Ms. Shelia Bell Espy decided to work toward the establishment of a chapter. Shortly after these ladies began their investigation, they discovered the work that Ms. Hunt had previously done and moved immediately to unite their efforts with hers. The group moved to bestow the honor of President upon Ms. Hunt during the initial year of development.
These civic leaders along with twenty-five other ladies, who formed the cadre of Founding members, undertook the momentous task of structuring what would become the Central Mississippi Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. By March, 1992, the Chapter had provided the group with a slate of officers to serve during the initial year of organization. Also in March, a group, inclusive of Ruth Baton Campbell, Rosia Wade Crisler, Margaret Cooper, Sheila Bell Espy, Beverly Wade Hogan, Maggie Terry Harper, and Ms. Hunt traveled to Tuskegee Alabama to attend an NCBW Southern Regional Meeting at Tuskegee University. Development of an organizational structure continued on throughout the next few months.
The Central Mississippi Chapter became a reality and was duly installed as an official chapter of NCBW on October 22, 1992, at the prestigious University Club of Jackson. The Installation Ceremony conducted by Ms. Barbara W. DeBaptiste, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women was most impressive and inspiring. Ms. DeBaptiste called for a total commitment to sisterhood and charged the newly inducted members of the chapter to strive for excellence in their pursuit of better community and an improved quality of life for everyone. On the evening of the 22nd more than one hundred women were duly installed as members of the Central Mississippi Chapter.