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OCOS Celebrates Women in History Month, 2023


Celebrates Women in History Month, 2023

Focus: Women in the Education and Faith Communities supporting Students, Children/Youth, and faith-based school partnerships.

OCOS recognizes women have a long, in-depth, and expansive relationship with education, students, and schools. This relationship, of course, began in the home and initially grew in the faith community.

We could not list the hundreds of thousands of women who made such great contributions. OCOS salutes and appreciates all of them.

For Women In History Month 2023, we highlight these past and current Women who directly and indirectly have influenced the thirty-year history of the vision, mission, and work of One Church One School, teaching young people to value life and learning.

Week 1

Mary McLeod Bethune

Dr. Mattie E. Coleman

Vice President Kamala Harris

Hon. Ketanji Brown-Jackson

Mrs.Coretta Scott King

Mrs. Doris Fox Boyd

Mrs. Lucille Buchanan

Mary McLeod Bethune

Educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, civil rights, and women's rights activist.

In 1904, she founded a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida that later became Bethune-Cookman University.

She maintained high standards and demonstrated during that period what educated African Americans could do.

Dr. Mattie E. Coleman

Physician, Suffargist, Social activist, Founder and First President of Women’s Missionary Council, CME Church, 1906, Graduated from Meharry Medical College Nashville, Tennessee, and became one of Tennessee's first black female physicians.

Kamala Devi Harris

Politician and attorney who is the 49th and current Vice President of the United States. She is the first female Vice President and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American Vice President.

Ketanji Onyika Brown is an American jurist who serves as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 7, 2022, and sworn into office on June 30. She is the first African American female on Supreme Court.

Mrs. Coretta Scott King

Wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.King. She played a prominent role in the years after her husband's assassination in 1968, when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself, founded the King Center, and worked successfully to make Dr.King's birthday a national holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that established Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on November 2, 1983.

Mrs. Doris Fox Boyd

One Church One School Church Coordinator

Mrs. Doris Fox Boyd, former Editor of the Missionary Messenger, and staunch Missionary on all levels of the CME Church. She serves as One Church One School Coordinator of the West TN Region and facilitates the OCOS partnership locally between Featherstone CME Church and Lucie E. Campbell Elementary School.

Focus: test proctors, clothing for all grades, and special occasions. for higher grades for graduation celebrations; Special Recognition to the entire faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. During the pandemic, meals were delivered daily to students and members of the community

Mrs. Lucille Buchanan

One Church One School Episcopal District Coordinator

Has for over 20 years facilitated OCOS Program in the 2nd Episcopal District.

Focus: on providing clothing, school supplies, mentoring, tutoring, and Collaborating with Cleveland inter-city community partners.

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