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Empowering Black Women: How BUILD 206 Recognizes and Celebrates Their Support for Mothers Day"



Black mothers and women are the unsung heroes of our community and are essential to the continuity of the Black community in Seattle. They selflessly serve as the backbone of our community, sacrificing their time, energy, and often their own needs to nurture and guide our youth, support and uplift families, and advocate for the betterment of our community. They have been instrumental in preserving our culture and traditions, passing them down from generation to generation. Black mothers and women have also been at the forefront of many social justice movements, fighting for equality and justice for all. Their contributions to our community are immeasurable, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

 

As we celebrate Mother's Day and honor the amazing women in our community, BUILD is proud to acknowledge and appreciate some amazing women's vital role in shaping the future of the Black community in Seattle. This year, we were excited to hold our 4th Annual Mother’s Day Award Celebration on Saturday, May 4th, at Acts on Stage. Since 2021, we’ve held this event to honor and celebrate the incredible women in our community who have not only raised, supported, and uplifted our community but also served as healers, teachers, and guides to the members of BUILD.

 

Our prestigious Lottie Cross Community Service Award, named after the late Ms. Lottie Cross, a beacon of change in Seattle, is a testament to women's exceptional service and leadership in the greater Seattle area. This year, we are thrilled to honor 12 incredible Black women who have significantly and positively impacted our community, embodying the spirit of Ms. Cross's legacy.

 

The 2024 Brothers United In Leadership Development Mother's Day Lottie Cross Community Service Award honorees are Felicia J. Cross, Daphne Cross, Marvena Kemp, Kela Hall, Melba Ayco, Sierra Jones, Janet White, Shaina Proctor, Tanise Love, LaNesha DeBardelaben, Monique Franklin, and "Ms. Bonnie."

 

While our celebration was by invitation only, we look forward to sharing more highlights and photos with the public soon. Congratulations to all of our 2024 honorees!

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