US Representative Maxine Waters Inducted Into “Society of Our Wise Women” By Historic, Prestigious Bennett College for Women
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (CA-35) was inducted into Bennett College for Women's "Society of Our Wise Women" on Thursday, October 5, 2006. The College bestows this honor upon "women who have made significant contributions to their professions and/or communities" and honors the commitment these women make to "share their knowledge and wisdom with others." This year is the fifth and final year that the award will be presented.
"Over the years, I have received numerous awards, and I have been recognized many times," said Rep. Waters. "But to be called wise by an organization as venerable as Bennett College, is the greatest type of recognition one can be given. I am enormously appreciative and sincerely flattered."
In addition to Rep. Waters, the other women inducted on Thursday were Dr. Alma Adams, member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives; Dr. Rosa Hill, a California educator, activist, and philanthropist; and Dr. Tonea Stewart, educator and acclaimed actress from the television series In the Heat of the Night. This year's honorees were added to the list of past inductees who include Dr. Maya Angelou, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Lt. Col. Consuelo Kickbusch (Retired), and a living member of Bennett's first all female graduating class, Ms. Rose Mae Catchings.
Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC was founded in 1873 as a co-ed institution and reorganized in 1926 as one of two Historically Black Colleges in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on the education of women.