Archive of President’s Messages

July 2013

Greetings,

On behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter – we wish you a Happy 4th of July.  On our beloved nation’s Independence Day, we must remember and salute all the brave souls – that sacrificed their lives in the name of Freedom.  In a spirit of equality and faith – Happy 4th of July.

 

with Gratitude,

Veronica Marable Johnson President

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May 2013

Greetings,

On behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter – we salute our graduates.  May is a time to stretch your wings and fly.  To tearful endings of joy to happy beginnings of jubilation – we congratulate you on your accomplishments.

As You Travel Through Life (Poet Unknown)

As you travel through life there are always those times

When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and
solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There
are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,

Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new
dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward –
The process
of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead

There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the
next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you
can’t yet comprehend!

Perhaps you’ll find friendships
that spring
from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so
many options in life,

Perhaps you’ll go places you never expected

And see things that you’ve never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway
worlds
And wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you’ll find warmth
and affection and caring
And somebody special who’s there
To help you
stay cantered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive
of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,

They’ll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in
front of the other,
And taking your life day by day…
There’s a
brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road –
Don’t look back! You’re not
going that way!

 with Gratitude,

Veronica Marable Johnson
President

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April 2013

Greetings,

On behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter – we recognize April as National Minority Health Month, a time when we reflect on the incredible opportunity we face as a nation to improve minority health, advance health equity, and eliminate health disparities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2013 Contact: HHS Press Office 202-690-6343

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month

A Time to Advance Health Equity

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to remind America of the “fierce urgency of now.” That message is as meaningful today as it was in 1963. While our nation has made significant progress in reducing health disparities over the last fifty years, historically minorities have been less likely to get preventive care, and more likely to suffer from serious illnesses. They have been less likely to have access to quality health care and insurance coverage.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation signed by President Obama, we are making strides in advancing quality, affordable health coverage regardless of race or ethnicity. The health care law addresses the needs of minority populations and other underserved groups by investing in prevention, supporting improvements in primary care and Medicare, and making health care coverage affordable and accessible for all Americans.  The theme for National Minority Health Month this year is “Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All.”

Later this year, millions of Americans, will gain access to health coverage that meets their needs and fits their budget no matter who they are or where they live.  New Health Insurance Marketplaces will give all Americans who are uninsured or who buy their own coverage a simple way to shop for insurance. Starting Oct. 1, 2013, Americans can enroll through the Marketplaces for health coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014.

For the first time, Americans will be able to go to one place to learn about their coverage options and be able to make  side-by-side comparisons of private insurance plans. With a single application, they will also be able to find out if they qualify for a new kind of tax credit that lowers their monthly premiums. And because the law finally bans discrimination against pre-existing conditions like diabetes or asthma, nobody will be turned away because of their health status.

Achieving health equity means each of us has an equal opportunity to attain optimal health. Let’s recommit ourselves and our communities to act now to eliminate health disparities and increase access to quality care. We cannot afford to wait.

To learn more about National Minority Health Month and what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is doing to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity, see www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov.

With Gratitude,

Veronica Marable Johnson

President

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March 2013

Greetings,

On behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter – we honor National Women’s History Month.  Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, education, medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.  Let’s take this time to honor the footsteps of our past, encourage & support the present and focus on preparing & passing the baton to the next generation of women – who will live in a world that we may not be blessed to see.

With Gratitude,

Veronica Marable Johnson
President

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February 2013

Greetings,

On behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter – please join us as we celebrate Black History Month. A time to honor, salute and teach the world about the significant role African-Americans have played in the rich history of our state and nation. We are proud of the trailblazers; whose extraordinary commitment to advancing the rights of all – regardless of color – has truly transformed every fabric of our existence. We honor and thank all the women of African American decent (famous and nameless) for their selfless sacrifice; of plowing the pathways that opened doors for our daughters to walk through.

With Gratitude,

Veronica Marable Johnson President

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January 2013

Greetings,

On behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Nashville Chapter – Happy New Year.  As we reflect on the year 2012 – I must share/echo the sentiments of our National President – DeeDee Strum “The 2012 public discourse cannot leave us with any doubt about the relevancy of our purpose and mission to advocate for gender and racial equity in America as we continue our work at the national and local levels to close the disparity gaps in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.  Taking our concerns to local, state and federal lawmakers and officials is a critical part of our advocacy agenda as we work to improve the quality of life for our constituents and the girls that will follow us”.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and make 2013 – a year focused on advocating for the rights of women and girls!

With Gratitude,

Veronica Marable Johnson
President