Baltimore woman honored for service Carla D. Hayden is among five African-Americans given coalition awards

September 29, 1996|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women brought together nearly 10 times that number yesterday at Martin's West to honor five African-American women for distinguished community service.

The award recipients included one Baltimorean, Carla D. Hayden, in her second year as director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The Library Journal, the nation's premier publication for library news, named Hayden Librarian of the Year in January. She is the author of "Ventures into Cultures: A Multi-Cultural Bibliography and Resource Book" and, as Dr. Patricia L. Schmoke pointed out yesterday, is personally responsible for bringing her husband, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, online.

The coalition, an advocacy group founded in 1981, also presented awards to:

Myrlie Evers-Williams, chairwoman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. When Evers-Williams took over the organization in May 1995, it was $3.8 million in debt and burdened by reports of extravagant spending under former Chairman Dr. William F. Gibson. She told the coalition that the debt has been reduced to $500,000.

Corliss S. Moody, director of the Department of Energy's Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. The office, created in 1993, is to provide greater focus and visibility to disadvantaged and small businesses. It also has a $65 million budget for investment in minority educational institutions.

Hattie Dorsey, president and chief executive officer of an Atlanta neighborhood partnership that tackled neighborhood problems, and founder of the National Grapevine, a political action committee modeled on Emily's List. Emily's List is an organization that raises money for female politicians.

Catherine W. LeBlanc, leader of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which has funneled an additional $220 million in federal aid to black colleges in the past four years, bringing the total to $1.25 billion.

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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