Landa McLaurin, president of the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. (Courtesy Photo)

On Sept. 26, the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women will host their Annual Torchbearer Awards Breakfast. This year’s theme is the “Challenges of Leadership and Power”.

The 100 Black Women’s mission, for the past 26 years, has been to advocate on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote their agenda. One component of that agenda is centered on leadership development and gender equality in the specific areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

This year there were 12 nominees for the Torchbearer award and four recipients: Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Laura W. Murphy President of Murphy & Associates and Major General Linda Singh the Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard.

“In light of all of the issues and situations that have occurred this past year relative to the leadership in Baltimore City these are some key players who played prominent roles in terms of trying to bring the community back together. They will talk about their experiences and the challenges they had to undergo to resolve those issues,” said Landa McLaurin, president of the group. “We just want them to give the people a brief overview of what it is they face on a daily basis as they go about their tasks.”

This event, along with their Annual Men Who Cook Breakfast, are the chapter’s main source of fundraising and in turn funds their mentoring programs, school partnerships and STEM education initiatives.

The Annual Torchbearer Awards Breakfast is Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Martin’s West located at 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland. For more information visit