COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Urban League Guild is celebrating women in South Carolina who have made a significant impact in the Midlands.
Saturday the organization honored 12 spouses of key leaders in the community. The women received the Guild Tower Leadership Award at the Capital City Club in Columbia. The award ceremony placed a special emphasis on the importance of families and partners in the community.
The guild president says the women are the silent heroes behind their spouses who have left major footprints on the community.
"It is so amazing that when we call the women to let them know they are being honored, they say who me? I don't do anything, my husband is the one," says Leslie Wilson, Urban League Guild President.
"As we all know it's the females who can get things done when sometimes the men can't. That is no slide on the men, it takes both of us and that is the beauty of this award, it honors the women and their spouses," said Sue McLeese, widow of Ike McLeese.
Those being honored include Valerie Aiken (spouse of Charles Aiken), Deborah Breedlove (Lorenzo Breedlove), Victoria Dozier (Dr. John Dozier), Cynthia Hardy (James Hardy Jr.), Judge Michelle Howard (Harold "Puff" Howard), Vernell Jenkins (Chief Aubrey Jenkins), Edna Langley (Willis Langley), Sue McLeese (the late Donald G. "Ike" McLeese), Elaine Dowdy Melvin (James Melvin), Dr. Patricia Motes (Henry Motes), Patrick "Pat" Noble (Jerome Noble), Jacqueline Singleton (Jerome Singleton).
Beyond recognizing the women, the award is also meant to recognize supportive families in today's society. In the last five years, The Urban League Guild has honored 55 women.