Atlanta Leaders honor Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels for Women’s History

While her hard work and perseverance earned Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels a spot in Black History Month, she is best known for making sure black women were included and for celebrating all women during Women’s  History Month and beyond. This year, Dr. Samuels can take a bow as the Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Women Flying High and a host of prominent business, political and community leaders honor her for four decades of devoted work empowering Women and Girls in Georgia. The 20th Annual Women’s History Month luncheon will take place on Friday March 30, 2018 at The Carter Center.
Dr. Samuels grew up poor in Forsyth Georgia but went on to work alongside Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., served at the White House under President Jimmy Carter, founded Georgia Coalition for Black Women and, after years of advocacy work, she established Women Flying High, LLC  to form strategic alliances and joint venture opportunities that would increase women’s share of government contracts.
The first Black female in Georgia’s history to serve on the personal staff of a Georgia Governor, Dr. Samuels served as Governor Jimmy Carter’s coordinator of the Governor’s Council on Human Relations. She also worked as a consultant with the Carter White House Staff in 1977 as well as with the Community Services Administration. And in 1983, Samuels served as director of former Mayor Andrew Young’s Office of Citizens & Community Affairs.
WHO:              Georgia Coalition of Black Women
Women Flying High, LLC,
20th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon Host Committee:
Ms. Henrietta Antoinin
Ms. Mary Beazley
Ms. Helen Butler, The Peoples’ Agenda
Ms. Melanie Campbell, NCBCP & Black Women’s Roundtable
Ms. Xernona Clayton, Trumpet Foundation
Ms. Felicia Davis, HBCU Green Fund
Ms. Linda Edwards, Edwards Pitman
Former Mayor Shirley Franklin
Ms. Dorothy Harris, D Clark Harris
Ms. Janet Hart, Atlanta Environment Management
Attorney Bettieanne Hart
Dr. Bernice A. King, Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Ms. Henrietta Kisseih , Kissburg Construction
Ms. Mary Parker, All n One Security
Ms. Susan Ross
Ms. Carla Sanders
Ms. Pamela Smith, Smith Real Estate Services
Ms. Cathelean Steele, SCLC Inc.
Ms. Yolanda Stewart
Ms. Peggy Timberlake
Ms. Jo Ann Tuttle, JAT Consulting
Ms. Carolyn Young
Ms. Wendy Williams, WCLK Radio
WHAT: 20th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon honoring Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels
WHEN:            Date:  Friday, March 30 2018
Time: 12 to 2:00 PM (doors open 11:30 am)
WHERE:           The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
HOW:              For tickets, tables and to RSVP or 678.612.6497
MEDIA CONTACT: Edrea Davis or 770.961.6200


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