Equality tea story lacked coverage of black women


Lena Council

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc., the Northeastern NC Section and The League of Women Voters partnered to celebrate a historic event which commemorated the 98th anniversary of the women’s right to vote.

The Women’s Equality Tea was held Aug. 26 at the Apex Center. A photographer took many photos of all women present. Over 50 percent of the women were NCNW members, NCNW Affiliate Members and friends. Where was one photo of us?

I am appalled and devastated by the coverage by your paper. As NCNW members read the article, many called and were perturbed by the lack of recognition and acknowledgement of our participation. As one NCNW member stated, “It read as if we were not there.” After reading the article several times, I, too, felt that the many black women who attended were invisible. Are we invisible?

If this Women’s Equality Tea was attended by both black and white women, why is it that of the three photos accompanying the article not one single black woman was included. Did you send a reporter to cover this collaborative and important event in Elizabeth City?

I do thank you for good coverage of the informative speakers. But there no mention of the wonderful music of the Amina String Trio. Would it be too much to name the presidents of both groups? Where was the reporter?

We are one of over 200 sections of the National Council of Negro Women, founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935. It is also an Organization of Organizations. It’s National Affiliates in Elizabeth City include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., National Association of University Women, Inc., Order of Eastern Star, National Grand Chapter, Women’s Home Overseas Missionary Society, A.M.E. Zion Church, Women’s Missionary Society, A.M.E. Church and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Are we invisible?

It would take another letter to describe the community outreach that NCNW and its Affiliates have provided.

Over the years, I have heard many black men and women state they do not subscribe to your newspaper. They feel some bias is still occurring. Wouldn’t it help if you would cover more positive black and minority news? This collaborative effort will continue. Our goal is to include more Women’s groups in future efforts. Will we become visible?

Lena Council

Elizabeth City