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Women gathered Sunday to celebrate a legacy of black women while continuing to make a difference for the future.

The annual Founders’ Day for the Jackson City Federation of Colored Women’s and Youth Clubs was held at Greater Bethel AME Church.

“It (celebrates) the legacy of how it was for us as black women who took pride in our own neighborhoods and uplifted our children and watched over them,” said Deborah Gipson, president of the Jackson City Federation.

Neola Sardon was also recognized as club sister of the year after around 50 years of membership in the organization.

The Jackson City Federation currently has 24 members and two active clubs, Semper Fidelis Council and Athenian Literary and Arts Club, which give out scholarships and provide shoes and clothing to children in need.

Member Edith Renee Douglass said that in 1906, a group of women met at Lane College to talk of a state organization, eventually founding the Tennessee Federation of Colored Women’s Club. The Jackson City Federation was organized in 1924.

Today, the Tennessee Federation of Colored Women and Youth Clubs has 68 active members with clubs located in Nashville, Jackson, Humboldt and Covington. The National Association formed in response to black women’s clubs being blocked from exhibiting at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.


The Rev. Sabrina Transou, pastor of Greater Bethel AME Church, spoke about early members of the National Association during her keynote speech.

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin and Mary Church Terrell, who worked with the association during the black women’s movement, said black women should have positive attitudes about their identity, Transou said.

Today, women must work to educate children, including black girls, Transou said.

“They must know that they are women, created in God’s own image,” Transou said. “Being created in God’s own image, they are created with purpose and the purpose which they are created in is to do great things for humankind.”

“When I sit in my classroom, my challenge as an educator is to give hope to our black children,” Transou said.

She told the women present to “roll up” their sleeves and do more for children in their workplaces, churches and communities.

“The question is, sisters, where will your name be in the legacy in the future?” Transou asked. “What will be your response to the cries of the children? What will be your response for justice in a marginalizing world? Will you be truth that speaks to power?”
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The fund gives 50 to 75 $5,000 scholarships and four $25,000 scholarships. Only five can apply from each school. Contact Career Development in the Leeds School of Business at 303 492 1808 for more information.”It’s interesting, many people who don’t have a thorough understanding of the fashion industry think that it’s all about making and selling clothes,” said Harry Harrison, executive director at Fashion Scholarship Fund.

“They have no idea just how many career opportunities exist within the world of fashion for all majors.”

The Fashion Scholarship Fund, based in New York, provided a University of Colorado senior and a recent graduate with New York internships in the fashion world.

Over the summer, Susanna Nilsson, a CU business and marketing major, worked as an intern at Polo Ralph Lauren’s in house advertising agency, Interactive Creative Group.”It was pretty cool to work on several projects for such a big company,” said Nilsson. “It was beneficial for me to see how strong a brand can be with all its different elements.”

Nilsson, from Durango, said she wants to move to New York when she graduates in May and pursue a fashion career.

“There was so much culture there,” she said. “There was always something to do I tried out tons of restaurants, saw museums, went to parks. It was really nice to feed off the energy of the city.”

Harrison said the Fashion Scholarship Fund grants between 50 to 75 $5,000 scholarships a year, including four Geoffrey Beane Scholars who are awarded $25,000. The fund is very selective, as only five applicants per college (of 28 schools) can apply.

There is no need for a fashion background to apply, said Harrison.

“The fashion companies are really not that interested or concerned about a particular discipline that a student may be studying,” said Harrison. “There are plenty of talented designers out there. What they simply want is smart kids.”

David R. Thayer II, who graduated from CU in May, said his internship as a retail analyst in summer 2008 with Ralph Lauren and as an assistant buyer at Kenneth Cole this past summer contributed to his new position with Macy’s Merchandising Group executive development program in New York.

“When I first heard about this scholarship to be honest fashion never crossed my mind as a viable career,” said Thayer, who graduated with a finance degree.

“But it completely changed my life. It really made me realize there is a whole new career path for me. I didn’t realize how passionate I really am about being in the fashion industry.”

Fashion Scholarship Fund works with top executives in significant fashion companies, such as Calvin Klein, Nike, Coach and Lacoste.

Nilsson said she thinks her work with Ralph Lauren will help open the doors for a future in fashion.

“I think internships are great experiences,” she said. “You can take what you learn in the classroom and apply it directly to a real life experience like learning the industry first hand in New York.

“I would recommend this program to other students. It has been one of the best experiences for me.”

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