Women's group observes their last 2 anniversaries

The National Association of University Women is celebrating its 75th and 76th anniversaries Sunday, according to a news release.

Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington proclaimed March 21 as "National Association of University Women Pine Bluff Branch Day" in the city and encourages residents to celebrate the contributions of the organization.

"In March 1920, a faithful group of women which included Mrs. Mary Church Terrell, Dr. Sara Brown, Dr. Fairfax Brown, and Miss Mary Cromwell in Washington, D.C., along with 20 university graduates, organized a new club desiring to stimulate young women to attain professional excellence, to exert influence in various movements for the civic good, and to promote a close personal and intellectual fellowship among professional women," according to the release.

From the national organization, the Pine Bluff branch was organized by 15 like-minded, youthful, visionary women led by Katie B. Jackson Pierre. They began Feb. 8, 1945, as duly chartered members.

The Pine Bluff branch has banded together to progressively promote and create legacies to educate and elevate the next generation -- the future. The group's actions are reflected throughout the city in its commitment to community service, the release said.

"The city of Pine Bluff and its citizens offers this proclamation in the highest honor to the Pine Branch of the National Association of University Women who have made their impact in our community by serving others," the release said.

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