Chapel Hill, NC – On Sunday Oct. 30, 2016 Spectacular Magazine recognized and honored the achievements of African American women with the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Awards.
Twenty-nine African American women in eight categories were selected by the Woman of the Year Selection Committee (Committee) as Finalists or Semi-Finalists for Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards. Nine of those received the title at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala held at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC. (Due to the large number of nominations in the Community Service and Education categories two awards were presented.) Radio One Raleigh’s Jerry Smith served as master of ceremonies for the evening.
The Honorable Eva Clayton – Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives and Mrs. Mildred Council – Founder/Owner, Mama Dip’s Restaurant (Chapel Hill) were selected by the Committee to receive the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Award recipients in the remaining seven categories are:
Arts & Culture:
Koren Underdue – Founder/Chairman, Christ Saves Hearts Foundation, Inc. (Raleigh)
Business & Economic Development:
Sara Stephens – CEO, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce (Hillsborough)
Civil & Human Rights:
Dr. Kamala Uzzell Jones – President/CEO, SOLAY Counseling & Research Center, P.C. (Durham)
Laticia Nicole Beatty – Founder, Speak Life Motivation (Durham)
Pamela Hester – Associate Scientist, Biogen (Durham)
Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman – Curriculum Quality Coordinator/Asst. Professor Social Work Prog., Div. of Education & Social Work, Shaw U. (Ral)
Dr. Debra Saunders-White – Chancellor, North Carolina Central University (Durham)
Micah Barbee – Pediatric Nurse, Duke University Medical Center (Durham)
Anita Daniels – President/CEO, Actualities Limited (Durham)
The Spectacular Magazine 2017 Women of the Year will each be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine.