BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- The Southern Christian Leaders Foundation held the Power Belle H.A.T.S. (Healthy Action That Transforms Sistas) Tea to recognize women who have played a role in transforming society – particularly those who fought for civil rights in Birmingham.
Women who wore fancy hats and gathered to honor those who assumed responsibility and helped bring about major changes in Birmingham.
CBS42's Sherri Jackson emceed the event. It was held at the BJCC.
Among those present at the event was author and television host Iyanla Vazant, who gave a keynote address.
Recording artist Harry Belafonte announced the names of women who were front-runners of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) from 1956 to 1964.
Leola Early, Doris Gary, Lois M. Hall, Lola H. Hendricks, LaVerne R. Martin, Ruth Barefiled-Pendleton, Julia Rainge and Yvonne Turner were all presented with Legacy Awards at the event for their contributions to the movement.
Amelia Boynton Robinson won the Life-Time Achievement Award.
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The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and dozens of foreign leaders expected.
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