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Harper City welcomes the National Association of University Women

Saturday, February 18, 2012. The National Association of University Women (NAUW) chartered its first international branch at Tubman University. The ten-member delegation from the USA representing the 102 year old organization founded by Mary Church Terrell in Washington, DC, inducted 19 charter members in the conference room of the Administration Building.

Some charter members of the National Association of University Women's first international branch at Tubman University. Jeanette Jacobson, Jennifer Dioh, Iona Thomas-Connor, Sister Philomena, Myth Carbajosa, Annie Macalaland, Massa Clemens and Patricia Jones.

Eight of the nineteen charter members of the National Association of University Women's first international branch at Tubman University. Jeanette Jacobson, Jennifer Dioh, Iona Thomas-Connor, Sister Philomena, Myth Carbajosa, Annie Macalaland, Sola Dawodu, and Patricia Jones.

We started out in all white for the ceremony, leaving with green rosettes pinned on our left shoulders by members of the delegation. Tailors in Harper must have been extremely busy in the weeks leading up to the event. The fashion show was on. Beautiful dresses, traffic stopping shoes,

Cinderella?

Cinderella?

and multicolored nails declared unique personal statements.

Mary Kay is in the house.

Mary Kay is in the house.

The reception immediately following the ceremony featured Harper City’s Mayor Regina Sampson offering the traditional Grebo (the indigenous people of Maryland County) welcome of koala nuts, coconut squares, and raw cassava cubes served with ground hot, hot red pepper;

Mayor Regina Sampson offers the traditional Grebo welcome of koala nuts, coconut squares, and raw cassava cubes with ground red hot pepper.

Mayor Regina Sampson offers the traditional Grebo welcome of koala nuts, coconut squares, and raw cassava cubes with ground red hot pepper.

a rendition of Liberia’s national anthem in the Grebo language by Mr. Wurth, teacher of Grebo at Tubman University (the only institution in Liberia where Grebo is taught);

Mr. Wurth sings the Liberian national anthem in his native tongue, Grebo. Tubman University is the only institution in Liberia that teaches Grebo.

Mr. Wurth sings the Liberian national anthem in his native tongue, Grebo. Tubman University is the only institution in Liberia that teaches Grebo.

and the exchanging of proclamations.

Mayor Regina Sampson receives a proclamation from the Mayor of Pine Bluffs.

Mayor Regina Sampson receives a proclamation from the Mayor of Pine Bluffs.

The day ended with a gospel concert headlined by Minister Kanvee Gaines Adams, one of the top gospel recording artists in Liberia.

Kanvee Gaines Adams uses song to minister to the packed auditorium in Harper's City Hall.

Kanvee Gaines Adams shares the trials and triumphs of her life through song, with the packed auditorium in Harper's City Hall.

Supporting performers included the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s youth choir. It was a rocking praise worship session.

 

Members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church youth choir dance their way off the stage.

Members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church youth choir dance their way off the stage.

Sunday, February 19, 2012. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord was the unmistakable theme at Mount Scott United Methodist Church. With a continued celebration of the NAUW delegation, choir master Andrew Forbie began the spiritual journey guided by the Rev. Dr. Anthony Dioh, Senior Pastor, and Tubman University’s Vice President of Student Affairs.

Rev. Dioh, Senior Pastor of Mount Scott United Methodist Church and his wife Jennifer (in peach) stand on church steps as the NAUW delegates and new inductees gather for pictures.

Rev. Dioh, Senior Pastor of Mount Scott United Methodist Church and his wife Jennifer (in peach) stand on church steps as the NAUW delegates and new inductees gather for pictures.

A potluck luncheon punctuated by the clicking of camera shutters and exchanging of email addresses brought the day to an early closure. These women needed to be well rested for that 4a.m. departure to Monrovia. The trip down was not an easy one and NAUW President Delores Owens became so ill, she had to be taken to the clinic in Fishtown.

Delores Owens, President, NAUW, Melody Dawodu future inductee I'm sure, with her Mom Sola Dawodu and Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, President, Tubman University.

Delores Owens, President, NAUW, Melody Dawodu future inductee I'm sure, with her Mom Sola Dawodu and Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, President, Tubman University.

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6 Comments

  1. Congratulations NAUW members and Inductees! It appears to have been a grand affair.
    Sisterly,
    Dorothy
    Shreveport Branch

  2. Congratulations Sisters! Welcome to NAUW!

    Laura J. Clark
    Beauregard-Vernon Branch
    Louisiana

  3. Jennifer,

    Congratulations to the National Association of University Women (NAUW) and the 19 charter members. A big feat for sure. Everyone looks so pretty at the ceremony and yes, I believe those are the shoes Cinderella wore.

    Your trip sounds awesome! The food sounds awesome! Yum. Yum. I would love to have an experience such as this. You really seemed to capture the essence of the event in your photos.

    Happy traveling. :-)

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