Women’s History Month 2022

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Why Do We Celebrate Women’s History Month?

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.

The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

Women’s Suffrage

A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers.

The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

Women’s History Month Theme

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”

Black Women, Pioneers and Leaders Who Have Impacted Medicine

In keeping with this year’s theme for Women’s History Month, here are Black women featured in the United States National Library of Medicine’s exhibit Rise, Serve, Lead: America’s Women Physicians. Let us celebrate Women’s History Month by learning

more about these women, their stories, and their contributions to medicine.

Rebecca Crumpler, MD: Dr. Crumpler was the first Black woman in the US to earn an MD. She became a doctor in 1864 and published a book of medical advice for women and children in 1883.

Rebecca Cole, MD: Dr. Cole was the second Black woman to earn an MD. She practiced medicine for

50 years.

Helen Octavia Dickens, MD: In 1950, Dr. Dickens became the first Black woman admitted to the American College of Surgeons.

Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD: Dr. Gaston was the first Black woman to lead a public health service bureau. Her study on sickle cell anemia led to a nationwide screening program for newborns.

Dorothy Ferebee, MD: Dr. Ferebee was an advocate for racial equality and women’s healthcare. She was the medical director of the Mississippi Health Project, bringing state and federal resources to impoverished Black communities in the rural South during the Great Depression.

Matilda Evans, MD: Dr. Evans was the first Black woman to practice medicine in South Carolina, and she founded the Taylor Lane Hospital.

Edith Irby Jones, MD: In 1985, Dr. Jones was the first woman to be elected president of the National Medical Association.

Joan Y. Reede, MD: Dr. Reede works to promote better healthcare policies for minority populations and recruits minority students to the biomedical field.

Virginia M. Alexander, MD: In 1931, Dr. Alexander founded the Aspiranto Health Home in her own house and cared for the most vulnerable members of her community.

Ethel Allen, MD: In addition to her medical career, Dr. Allen was elected to Philadelphia’s City Council and was eventually made Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She described herself as “BFR—a black, female, Republican. An entity as rare as a black elephant and just as smart.”

Patricia Bath, MD: Dr. Bath was an ophthalmologist, laser scientist, research scientist, and advocate for blindness prevention. She invented laserphaco, a device and technique for cataract surgery. She also created the discipline of community ophthalmology, and in 1983, she became the first woman to chair an ophthalmology residency in the United States.

Lillian M. Beard, MD: Dr. Beard is a pediatrician who uses modern media to make “house calls,” reaching an audience of patients at home.

G. Valerie Beckles-Neblett, MD: Dr. Beckles-Neblett is a network medical director for Aetna Southwest, managing medical costs and patient services. She also leads medical missions abroad. 

Regina Marcia Benjamin, MD: Dr. Benjamin served as the 18th US Surgeon General, under President Barack Obama. She is the founder and CEO of BayouClinic on the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

JudyAnn Bigby, MD: Dr. Bigby served as the director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Excellence in Women’s Health and is nationally recognized for her work educating physicians in providing care to people with histories of substance abuse.

Clara Arena Brawner, MD: In the mid-1950s, Dr. Brawner was the only Black physician practicing in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dorothy Lavinia Brown, MD: Dr. Brown was the first Black woman surgeon in the South and the first Black woman to be made a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

U. Diane Buckingham, MD: Dr. Buckingham began her medical career as a registered nurse, but she then became a doctor and psychiatrist.

Judith Martin Cadore, MD: Dr. Cadore is on a mission to eliminate healthcare disparities in rural Texas.

Alexa Irene Canady, MD: In 1981, Dr. Canady became the first Black woman to become a neurosurgeon in the United States.

Donna M. Christian-Christensen, MD: In addition to practicing family medicine, Dr. Christian-Christensen served nine terms in the US House of Representatives as the delegate from the US Virgin Islands.

Sadye Beatryce Curry, MD: In 1972, Dr. Curry became the first Black woman to become a gastroenterologist.

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and the hope of God’s faithfulness. When Lena  Horne was asked about life, she exclaimed, “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” Unfortunately, life can be unstable, unsettling, and unpredictable. One moment things are going well and the next moment things have taken a sharp turn for the worst. Furthermore, it’s not easy to handle some of the devastating blows that life can throw at us. An unexpected crisis, unfavorable circumstances, or an unwarranted catastrophe can make us feel apprehensive, anxious, and afraid. The good news is that we do not have to face the difficulties of a new day alone. God promises to help us handle the problems, pain, and pitfalls that may arise. God will be with us as we travel along life’s sometimes bumpy path. Moreover, anytime we encounter an interruption that disturbs the natural order of our lives, God will be thereto hold our hand, dry our tears, and calm all of our fear. God will comfort during the most challenging and difficult season of life. God soothes during the most challenging and difficult season of life. God soothes hearts when they are hurting and dresses our wounds created by hearts when they are hurting and dresses our wounds created by circumstances beyond our control. Although, we may find ourselves surrounded by insurmountable obstacles or facing horrendous hurdles; will be with us. Let us pray. Therefore, we are hopeful even when things will be with us. Let us pray. Therefore, we are hopeful even when things appear hopeless. May we hold on to the words of the psalmist in Psalm 9-10 that reminds us, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, 9-10 that reminds us, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their rust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

In His Service,

Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr., Pastor

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The Crisis Control Ministry's Wee Care! Annual Cereal Drive and the Diaper Bank of North Carolina

THE CHILDREN’S & YOUTH MINISTRY will have a Drive-Thru Cereal and Diaper Collection on Saturday March 26th from 11am - 1pm, on the 4th Street side of the church, to benefit The Crisis Control Ministry’s Wee Care! Annual Cereal Drive and the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. We are asking for at least one box of cereal and one pack of diapers. Diaper sizes most in need are Preemie, Size 1, 2T/3T, 4T/5T & toddler pull ups. We are partnering with the Women’s Ministry to make their diaper drive a greater success!



All women are invited to join the UMMBC Women’s Ministry on Saturday morning, March 19, 2022, beginning with a Yoga session at 9 a.m. and ending with a Panel Discussion at 12 noon. This event is one of several Women’s Ministry activities scheduled from March 12-20, 2022, in connection to the annual Women’s Day Celebration. It will feature special presentations by artists Cherri C. Culcleasure, owner, Cherri’s Song Productions Company; and Tejah Nettles, staff member at the Monica and Jerome International Dance Experience. Panelists will focus on how we actively take God at his Word. Such faith underlies a recognition of our present spiritual blessings and our future hope intersected with ever-changing contemporary lifestyle challenges.

Demonstrating faith and love in a more excellent way are paramount in the lives of Christians who seek to radiate the joy of the Lord during these challenging and unpredictable times. What does faith in action and unconditional love opportunities look like in the face of income inequality, political gerrymandering and redistricting, voter rights (including but not limited to who may vote, how votes are cast and counted, and who oversees the process); as well as discriminatory policies and disparities connected to housing, education, health, and social justice? How do we consistently demonstrate faith and love when we are exhausted by “life” including but not limited to navigating a career and motherhood?

It is a special treat to welcome the following panelists for a provocative dialogue with UMMBC ladies:

  • Dr. Lena M. Hill, Provost, Washington & Lee University. Under her leadership as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, significant progress was made through specific initiatives in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Some will recall that several years ago, she and her husband Michael were active UMMBC members. They are the proud parents of two children.
  • Rev. Dr. K. Monet Rice-Jalloh, Associate University Chaplain, Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, Wake Forest University. Ordained in the Baptist tradition, she is candid and charismatic in her approach to “taboo” topics. Her doctoral research, “Exploring Spiritual Well-being for Descendants of Enslaved Africans at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education”, mirrors her specialty of cultivating spiritual practices for descendants of enslaved Africans. She and her husband Mamadou Aliou are raising two children and several healthy houseplants.
  • Rev. Dr. Cassandra Tutt-Williams, licensed to preach in 2002, and the first female Pastor of Ashley Missionary Baptist Church since 2008. She provides client services which help improve their psychological and emotional well-being from the perspective of a life coach and a spiritual guide. She also is a Certified Addiction Counselor II, as well as the Founder, officer, and member of numerous organizations. She is the widow of the late Dr. Stephen E. Williams and is the mother of seven wonderful children.

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A Labor of LOVE

And overall these virtues put on LOVE, which binds them all together in perfect Unity. — Colossians 3:14 By the Grace of God and His love, He has blessed us to see another year to celebrate Black History Month. We took this opportunity to learn more about our heritage. February is also the month we share love on Valentine’s Day. This day is not just for couples in love but it’s a day to bless and show love to others.

For the Missionaries outreach for February we sent out loving and inspiring Valentine’s Day cards to our sick and shut in members. Our mission and goal is to be more Christ like in our laboring for God, our family, our church, and our community. We accomplished this by an outpouring of love through giving our time, talents and sharing resources with those who are in need. Our desire is to continue to do the will of God as mandated in Matthew 22:37-38. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

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