Day 1 Women of Power 2014 Black Enterprise Legacy Awards Dinner Recap

The Black Enterprise Women of Power Legacy Awards Dinner hosted by PepsiCO was an inspirational and emotional ending to the first day of the summit.

Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Florida, five of the African American community’s most prized “sheroes” were in the room receiving honors from the Black Enterprise family for their undying commitment and excellence to and in their respective fields.

The first honoree, legendary actress Cicely Tyson, spoke to the crowd of hundreds about her struggles in acting when she first started in the 1950’s. She also read a poem to the crowd inspiring them to keep fighting.

The second honoree, Valerie Daniels Carter, co-founder and President and CEO of V&J Holdings Cos Inc., ignited the crowd talking about her road to success. She also said we need to make sure we “fly like eagles and not hang like turkeys.”

The legendary activist and civil rights leader Myrlie Evers was honored next and spoke about her beginnings in the civil rights movement and how she is concerned about the current state of the country in regards to civil rights and how we need to keep fighting.

Our last Women of Power Legacy Award winner was Julieanna Richardson, Founder and Executive Director of The History Makers. Julieanna talked about her over 2,500 interviews of African American legends in all fields of work and discussed how important recording our history is to pass on to the future generations.

And last, but not least, the Barbara Graves Award Winner for the work she has done in the field of education is Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Edelman was extremely honored to receive the award, thanked the Graves family and stressed how education will lead us all to a better place.


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