The 2016 Black Women Empowered in Wichita honorees were recognized at a reception held in their honor on Fri., Nov. 11 at the Wichita Boathouse. The 11 dynamic women, of diverse ages, education, experiences and interests, were selected for this recognition because they fit the mold of Empowered Women — hard work, persevering, successful in life, and they have the ability to not only make us believe in them, but in ourselves.

This is the third year for the Black Women Empowered program, sponsored by the non-profit Black Women Empowered in Wichita, Inc. The honorees, selected by members of the BWEIW organization. Through a unique partnership, The Community Voice team helps the members of BWEIW bring attention to the honorees by writing, printing and distributing the Black Women Empowered as a special section in the paper. This year, the honorees were featured in the Voice’s Oct. 20 issue.

A crowd of nearly 200 members of the community along with the honorees friends and family members attended the reception.

The event was catered by Jodee B, Leonard Jackson served as DJ for the evening and Carla Eckels was the MC.

The 2016 Women Empowered Honorees are:

Deltha Colvin, Verlene Mahomes, Angie Franklin, Adrienne DeGraftenreed, Teketa Harding, Bernia Williams, Demitria Larry, Joan Williams, Lynn Gilkey, Avree Marshall, and Veronica Maples.

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