Our Membership

Dr Rick Steinman was the chair of the Cancer Coalition, their mission was to promote cancer awareness and early detection of all cancer. During that time a community grant was written for education and screenings for the African American women. When the project ended, the women chose to continue, hence the birth of AAWSB, A brainstorm from the women unfolded the name: African American Women’s Speakers Bureau.

AAWSB started speaking wherever requested; churches, health fair’s, people’s homes, and traveled nationally; Iowa, Ohio, Washington D.C, New Jersey… just to name a few.

Our Membership

Peggy Tate, President

Amelia Harris, Secretary

Edith Smith, Treasurer

Helen Wilkins, Treasurer

LaGhretta Bush-White

Terry Brown

Phyllis Durrett

Cheryl Evans

Dolores Farley

Sharon Greene

Magnolia Hemby

Phyllis Johnson

Deacon Shirlee Lucas

Gloria Mungin

Valerie Myles

Toni Roberts

Naomy Tallon

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The African American Women’s Speakers Bureau was the result of a funded project that was known as the Cancer Coalition. The Cancer Coalition was comprised of several organizations, some of which were; Allegheny General Hospital, Magee Women’s Hospital, The American Cancer Society, The Black Nurses Society and The Race for the Cure… just to name a few.

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When someone would go out to speak they would go in teams, a nurse (that would deal with the education), and a peer educator (a cancer survivor).  The peer educator would speak out and give her testimony of her journey with cancer…. these groups dispelled the myths.

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Once the project ended, the peer educators were asked if they wanted to continue the project, the rest is history.  Some of the women instrumental in continuing the project were;  Eboni Hughes, Yvonne Durham, Deitra Neil Ferguson MSN, MPH, RN and Loretta Martin, LPN RN.

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