On Sept. 24, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s  (NCBW) Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter will host their 27th Annual Torchbearer Awards Breakfast at Martin’s West in Baltimore. The yearly event has been the organization’s venue for recognizing outstanding leaders from the community for almost three decades.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake receives the Torchbearer’s Award from Landa McLaurin, president, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women at last year’s event. (Photo by Lois DeLaine)

The mistress of ceremonies for this year’s breakfast is Ava-joye Burnett of WJZ-TV’s Eyewitness News. The theme for this year’s event is “Embracing the Power of Leadership.” The Torchbearer Awards Breakfast honorees for 2016 include: Julianne Malveaux, economist and educator; U.S. Sen.Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.); Nancy Grasmick, former Maryland state superintendent of schools; and Jimmy Britton, entrepreneur and owner of Class Act Catering.

“This year, NCBW Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter is honoring the character and perseverance of four strong individuals who epitomized our agenda and our theme.  These renowned visionary leaders remind us that when they succeed, our children will also succeed,” President Landa McLaurin said. 

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is a progressive non-profit organization which advocates on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. With over 63 chapters nationally, their aim is to eliminate disparity wherever it exists. Together with strategic partners and alliances, they represent and lend voice to issues that impact millions of black women and girls domestically and abroad. 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, chartered on Sept. 24, 1989, is a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to advocacy, community service, leadership development, economic development, and the enrichment of career opportunities through networking and programming.

 Equity and equality are their key issues.