Women, Wine and Wisdom, a monthly program held at The Commerce Club in Greenville, S.C., celebrated Black History Month during February’s program titled “What a difference a generation makes.”
Before the speakers took center stage, the 100 or so attendees enjoyed light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine while they met and mingled with the other women, and handful of brave men, who came.
Later on, everyone took their seats and allowed the speakers to take control of the room.
Anna Smith, an 80-years-young Commerce Club Member, transported the group to the era when the United States was legally racially segregated, an era she grew up in. Anna was a former teacher and wife to the late Honorable Willie T. Smith Jr., a judge who helped protect human and civil rights in South Carolina.
The second speaker, Nika White, is the vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and was born after African-Americans won legal equality in America. She offered a slightly different, and more modern side to the plight of African-American women.
It was an emotionally and intellectually-enriching evening, and the attendees were able to take away as much as they wanted from both of these women's drastically different stories and experiences.
“The event went really well,” said Stephanie Nix, member relations coordinator at the Club. “The speakers were wonderful and many Members were able to bring guests, so there was a wide variety of people who came.”
If you are in or near Greenville, S.C., you should check out the Club’s monthly offerings of Wine, Women and Wisdom.
On March 13, 2013 the Club will invite various speakers to discuss the family court system and what it tells us about living life.