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2014 Annual Meeting - Mission Impossible Welcome to Charlotte, North Carolina 2013 Annual Meeting Highlights Each the women of the National HookUp of Black Women, Inc. gather to review the mission and goals of the organization; and to rejuvenate the Hook-Up spirit. This year’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey brought in many new members, great programming information and a call for continued action. The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. remembers Nelson Mandela anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who passed away December 5, 2013. His life included civil rights activism which ultimately led to life imprisonment after standing trial for plotting to overthrow the government. Incarcerated for 27 years, in 1990 Mandela was released at the age of 71. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and a year later he was the first democratically elected President of South Africa. His legacy will live on through the many people who believe in “a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world”.

Ÿ The Executive Board welcomed the newly elected National Secretary, Stacey Dillard of the Joliet Chapter. Ÿ The 2013 Fannie Lou Hamer Award was presented to Jeannine Frisby LaRue for her courage, vision, and work to improve the lives of the Black family through her advocacy for social justice. LaRue encouraged the membership to take advantage of social media, show up, and be ready for the ride. Ÿ Gwen Ulmer, Central Region Chairperson, was honored with the President’s award for her service towards taking the organization to the next level. Ÿ Chapter Charters were presented by Carolyn Daniels to the Presidents of the newly formed Virginia and Dallas Chapters.

Get ready for the 2014 Annual Meeting The Queen City Chapter is excited to host the 2014 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. The meeting will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Members can register online or download registration form at www.nhbwinc.com, click Annual Meeting. Registration ends March 15, 2014. (Earlybird registration ends February 1, 2014.) Please visit the website for updates and information.


Holiday Health Tips Get Ahead of Holiday Stress Wishing all my NHBW Sister’s a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!!! Between shopping for gifts, cooking, cleaning, parties, traveling and spending time with loved ones, life gets hectic during the holidays. But you don’t have to let it drag you down. With a few tips, you can reduce your stress and enjoy the holidays. Set limits. Say no when you need to—whether accepting fewer party invitations or not going all out on a fancy dish. Plan ahead. Make a meal plan and shopping list. And set aside specific days to complete tasks. Tea off. Drink a cup of black tea before stressful tasks. It can reduce hormone levels that affect stress. Reach out. Spend time with people who can support you and make you laugh. Try to set aside any differences with others. And do something to lift someone else’s spirits (and your own as a result). Take a breather. Make time to clear your mind. Relax for 15 minutes or more, or maybe watch a movie. ~Cynthia Bond, Nashville Chapter

Since its inception, the NHBW Reading for Life program has given away more than 40,000 books in its Chapter cities. Through a generous supply of 2,500 books from the Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW), three Head Start sites of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet now have libraries where both the students and the adults can check out and keep books. Unlike traditional libraries, returning these books is optional. The hope is that families will grow their own collections of reading materials. To help promote family-style reading, NHBW occasionally offers workshops to Head Start parents to encourage “intergenerational reading”. When children have access to books, either to read individually or within families, it promotes early learning in order for them to succeed later in life.

NHBW, Inc. has five reading rooms and three reading corners. If anyone is interested in partnering with NHBW, Inc. to open a reading room, please contact the National office at 773-667-7061.

February African American Read In NHBW Chapters are asked to read and organize others to read during the NHBW African American Read In during the entire month of February 2014. NHBW, Inc. Is inviting schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by joining them in boosting the number of participants for this event sponsored by The National Council of Teachers of English. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers. Be counted as a participant, simply by selecting books authored by African Americans or conducting your Read-In(s) on the days designated. To be part of the NHBW, Inc. Reported number participants, please report your results by submitting your information to NHBW, Inc. Via www.nhbwinc.com beginning February 1, 2014.


Teens Overcoming Pressure is an NHBW, Inc. Signature Program that aims to teach teenagers how to identify early warning signs of an abusive relationship, violent markers, and controlling and manipulative behaviors. Through this program it is our goal to not only reduce the incidence of teen dating violence but to promote healthy relationships by guiding our youth through positive selfimage, effective mannerisms, positive behaviors, and selfmotivation. To find out more information about a T.O.P. Program in your area, contact your local NHBW chapter or visit

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Host an It’s Time To Talk Day event to raise awareness in your community. Is your local school addressing the issue of dating violence? Urge them to adopt a curriculum that encourages healthy relationships.

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. (NHBW, Inc.), Nashville Chapter, collaborated with six other organizations to present a panel discussion to Tennessee State University (TSU) students on Domestic Violence. Tennessee is the 6th leading state with incidents of Domestic Violence. Panel members were Detective Clifton Knight, of the Metro Police Department Domestic Violence unit; Attorney Allegra Walker, Assistant District Attorney, Kacy Silversten, TN Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and a previous victim, Dr. Thynice Taylor- Vowden. Attorney Darkenya Waller, Director of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee was the Moderator. Mr. TSU Michael Johnson made remarks and lead the student question period. Greetings were made by TN State Representative Brenda Gilmore, President, NHBWNashville. Remarks were made by the Director of the TSU Women Center, Chandra Lipscomb and Veronica Johnson, Director, Women Center, Meharry Medical Center.

Over 150 students attended the forum, with approximately 30 staff and partner representatives. TSU students were able to tweet questions to the panel participants as the Forum was occurring. Students were given the 15 warning signs of an unhealthy relationship that lead to domestic abuse, the Crime Survivor's Guide, the Power and Control Wheel. Students learned the financial costs and emotional costs of domestic violence and were encouraged to ask for help if it was happening to them. Afterwards the students were provided a box dinner. The collaborative panel discussion was sponsored by the National Hook-Up of Black Women- Nashville Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, The TSU Women Center, the Center for Women Health Research, Meharry Medical Center, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Tennessee Coalition to end Domestic & Sexual Violence, and the Tennessee State University Living and Learning Communities. The forum was a GREAT success!!!


Heart Health 10 Minutes to a Healthier Heart Don’t avoid exercising because you’re short on time. Even quick workouts can benefits your heart. Does spending an hour at the gym seem daunting - and something you really don’t have time for? Fitness experts say you can work out 10 to 15 minutes at a time and still reduce your risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

Dynamic Duo! This mother and daughter team has a deep, deep love for others. They give the true meaning of sisterhood for NHBW Atlanta Metro Chapter and to The Atlanta Black Nurses. They give hope, life, and spiritual uplifting as they continually provide assistance to the sick as well as to their loved ones to keep hope alive. Ms. Mary Dawson was recently awarded for her amazing community work in providing health wellness services by checking blood pressure, doing breast cancer screenings, and so much more. Along with the help of her daughter by her side, Mrs. LaTonya Hines, they are living examples of the NHBW, Inc. Mission of improving the lives of women and their families. Way to go ladies!

What is moderate physical activity? It includes: Ÿ Brisk walking, jogging, or running Ÿ Biking Ÿ Swimming Ÿ Dancing Ÿ Jumping rope Now let’s tackle those 150 minutes break it up! One-hundred fifty minutes each week breaks down to 30 minutes, five days a week. Want to break it up even more? Just make sure you are getting at least 10 minutes of aerobic activity at a time. Try 15-minute

increments, twice a day, five days a week. That means you could sneak in a 15-minute walk on your lunch hour and spend 15 minutes doing yardwork in the evening. There’s your daily exercise and perhaps, a better-looking yard! Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise program. Source: United Healthcare

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January is National Mentoring Month National Mentoring Month is a held each January to promote in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the and the


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