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National Association For University Women Charters Local Chapter


The Tidewater branch of The National Association of University Women recently held a chartering ceremony at the Greenbrier Country Club.

Launched in 1910 in Washington, D.C., the service and educational organization aims to promote personal and intellectual fellowship among professional women.

The Association whose motto is “Progressive Women Remaining Relevant in a Global Society” has cooperated with national and local social and economic programs and is affiliated with the National Council of Negro Women, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, United Negro College Fund, the National Coalition for Literacy, and the American Council on Education.

“As a new branch, you have embarked upon a journey that will be both fulfilling and gratifying. The southeast section will be better for the sharing of your enthusiasm and commitment to education, health and community service” communicated Evelyn L. Wright, National President of NAUW.

“I became a charter member to participate with a dynamic group of women in the development of a strong community presence and awareness of NAUW,” said Patricia Cunningham-Allen, a member of the new local chapter.

Another member of the new local chapter, Khadijah O. Miller, said, “The Tidewater chapter of NAUW can serve as a beacon of educational support for a community that is often underrepresented and underprepared. I wanted to become a member to uphold the name of Mary Church Terrell, a stalwart soldier for equality and fairness.”

Letisa Vereen, national second vice-president presided at the recent ceremony. Several members from the Hampton Chapter of NAUW along with Jacqueline Green, national corresponding secretary, and Richmond Chapter President Ashla Hill Roseboro, were also on hand to officially congratulate the 10 charter members of the new Tidewater branch.

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The activities of NAUW include major civic and national issues such as business opportunities for African-Americans, mental health and child welfare, and the improvement of interracial and international relations.

For more information about the National Association of University Women visit,

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