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2014 SCLC Women's Drum Major Award Honorees
Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery

Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery Evelyn Gibson Lowery was born in Wichita, Kansas to Rev. (Dr.) Harry B. Gibson and Mrs. Evelyn Gibson. The Gibson family was a very musical family and Evelyn had a lovely voice. Her home life shaped the pivotal role that she would play in history. Evelyn found inspiration and commitment to social activism growing up in a home where not only were her parents involved in the life of the Methodist church but in civic and community organizations as well. Her father served at a number of Methodist churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chicago, Illinois, Youngstown, Ohio, Wichita, Kansas, Birmingham, AL and Memphis, TN. Her father served as the President of the local Memphis NAACP. Before the age of 18, Evelyn knew that she was destined to champion the rights of others."

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Sybrina Fulton

Sybrina Fulton Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country.

The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model
to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle ObamaThe First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama was a cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and earned her law degree from Harvard University Law School. As our First Lady she has focused her attention on current social issues, with a major emphasis on childhood obesity.

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2014 SCLC Women's Drum Major Award - Co-Chair
Charmaine Ward

Charmaine WardCharmaine Ward is a Corporate Affairs executive at Georgia-Pacific, responsible for corporate philanthropy and community affairs. She manages charitable giving across the country, as well as the development of community programs and partnerships. In her role, Charmaine works closely with internal executives, as well as community, civic and government leaders to develop sustainable initiatives that create value in the communities where Georgia-Pacific employees live and work.

During her 25 plus years in corporate America, Charmaine has held senior level positions with IBM, Showtime Networks, Bank of America and John H. Harland. She has created tremendous value as a corporate leader in the areas of corporate philanthropy, community affairs, diversity, marketing and sales.

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Shirley Franklin

The Honorable Shirley FranklinHer public service career began in 1978 when she served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Maynard Jackson. Under the leadership of Mayor Andrew Young, she was later appointed as the nation’s first woman Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager, where she was responsible for all the daily operations of a city that was a $1 billion dollar corporation with nearly 8,000 employees and was charged with guiding the development of Hartsfield International Airport, a new city hall, a new municipal court building and 14,000 net housing units. Shirley Franklin continued her public service as Executive Officer for Operations during the third term of Mayor Jackson.

In 1991, Ms Franklin joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as the top ranking female executive, serving as senior vice-president for external relations. In this position she was instrumental in the development of such legacies as the Centennial Olympic Park and served as ACOG’s primary liaison with various labor unions, civil rights groups, neighborhood/community organizations, and environmentalists.

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2014 SCLC Women's Drum Major Award - Mistress of Ceremonies
Mo Ivory

Mo IvoryMo Ivory is a radio personality, television commentator and attorney. You can often see her on television
networks such as CNN, HLN, CW69 and Fox5’s “Georgia Gang,” offering her commentary on top
news items of the day.

As an on-air personality at CBS Radio, home of V-103FM and WAOK, Ms. Ivory was responsible for delivering content that informed and educated listeners with an emphasis on business, politics, lifestyle empowerment, community outreach and service. She was well known for her blogs and commentary provided on a weekly basis, touching on the hottest topics from parenting to reality television..

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2014 SCLC Women's Drum Major Award - Master of Ceremonies
Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti WilliamsonActor/director Mykelti Williamson can be counted on, not only to bring passion to his roles, but also to show the idiosyncrasies of the characters he portrays. Known for his extensive movie and television work that includes, Heat, Con Air, Ali, Lucky Number Slevin, ATL and the beloved role of Bubba in the Oscar winning movie, Forrest Gump. As well as The Fugitive, Boomtown, Kidnapped, The Good Wife, 24, CSI NY, FX’s Justified and Twist Of Faith to name a few. The multi-talented actor just wrapped the Mark Gordon Produced pilot for ABC “Clementine.” Williamson has built a reputation in Hollywood as one of the most consistently proven actors in the business, delivering stirring and honest performances that capture audiences. An actor unafraid to step outside the box as proven when he teamed up with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for Scott Rudin’s Broadway revival of August Wilson’s, “Fences”. Fences broke Broadway attendance as well as box office records and garnered 10 Tony Nomination with 3 Wins.

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SCLC Women's Drum Major for Justice Award

Drum Major Instinct Video

SCLC/ Women’s Organizational Movement for Empowerment Now, Inc. stays active in our community all year round with a variety of programs and activities. These activities range from history preservation, life skills training for young ladies and women of all ages, addressing important concerns within our community- both locally and world wide, and recognizing the leaders in our community who strive for these values and more.