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Second annual HerStory Awards recognize eight women

4/3/2015, 6 a.m.
Eight women were honored with HerStory Awards for their community service and accomplishments at the second annual Conversation & Coffee ...
Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton (fourth from left) is shown with HerStory honorees Valerie Morgan, Charlene Fang, the Rev. Carolyn Williams, Dr. Carol Anderson, Belinda Pedroso, Sarah Fountain, and Mereda Davis Johnson.

Eight women were honored with HerStory Awards for their community service and accomplishments at the second annual Conversation & Coffee event on March 29 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

The awards presented by Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and DeKalb County’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs department commemorate National Women’s History Month, observed in March.

The award recognizes women who have improved the lives of others by their work in the arts, sciences, education, sports, government, business, religion or community.

The 2015 honorees are Belinda Pedroso, president of the National Council of Negro Women, DeKalb Section; community activist Charlene Fang; the Rev. Carolyn Williams, principal of Stephenson Middle School; attorney Mereda Davis Johnson; District 91 state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler; Sara Fountain, retired executive director of Leadership DeKalb; and Valerie Morgan, editor and co-owner of On Common Ground newspaper.

Dr. Carol Anderson, associate professor of African-American Studies at Emory University, got the Legacy Award, which recognizes life work that paved the way for future generations.

Barnes Sutton, who represents District 4, said the annual recognition honors women who have demonstrated transformational leadership. She said the program “presents an opportunity to weave women’s stories, individually and collectively, into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.”