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NAACP women to host Black History Brunch

Published as part of the February 13, 2013 edition.

By Dr. Ruby Cain
Special to Frost Illustrated

FORT WAYNE—Women in NAACP (WIN) invite the community-at-large—men, women, and children—to join them in their annual Black History Brunch from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Feb. 23 at Link’s Wonderland to celebrate the power of women in making a difference in the community.

Women in NAACP is a committee that works tirelessly and passionately for the community. They have several annual events to advocate for and uplift women and children in our community. These include fellowship and gift baskets for senior citizens, back to school supplies and games for children, and Black History Month Brunch.

The power-packed lineup for the brunch, with the theme to “Educate, Empower and Inspire for Change,” includes keynote speaker, Phebe Poydras, JD, MLIS, associate dean for Library Affairs and assistant professor of law at Indiana Tech Law School; Mistress of Ceremonies Eryn Rogers, reporter at WANE-TV and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter member and performances by local youth groups. Guests will be greeted at the door by the Women in NAACP and NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County Youth Council #3721 members.

Prior to becoming one of the Indiana Tech inaugural faculty/staff, in 2012, Phebe Poydra, JD, MLIS, worked at Florida A&M University College of Law and served on the state’s Medical and Law School Libraries Advisory Group to the Task Force on Academic Libraries. She brought with her more than 11 years of law library experience. Dean Poydras has been an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries as well as the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries.  She is the former chapter president of the Florida Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.  She also writes in the area of legal information literacy.

Dean Poydras received her B.A. in political science from the University of New Orleans, her J.D. from the Southern University Law Center, and her Masters of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. At Indiana Tech, Dean Poydras will oversee the law library faculty and staff as well as a 60,000-volume library collection.

Eryn Rogers is an Emmy-Award winning multi-media journalist who joined NewsChannel 15 in August 2012. She received her Master degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston. She won a Midwest Emmy for a documentary she filmed and produced as a part of her graduate capstone on a man trying to save youth in Chicago from gang life. She reported in a Journalism Residency at KSNT-TV in Topeka, KS.  Rogers covered lead stories such as the aftermath of the same tornadoes which ravaged Joplin, MO.  Rogers also covered Kansas politics, her pet interest. Along that line, she left Kansas for New York City to intern at MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Rogers is also a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter.

Event cost is $20 per person and $160 for table of eight. Program book ads are $25 for half page, $50 for full page, and $10 for donor.

WIN is an official committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a multi-cultural and multi-racial organization, since its inception with the vision to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.. WIN purposes include serving as an advocacy vehicle for issues affecting women and children, and advocating for the positive development of children. WIN’s National theme is “Outstretched Hands and Open Hearts to Women and Children.” For additional information, please contact Erma Belt at (260) 410-4334 or Sheila Curry-Campbell at (260) 740-7810.

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