Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough. -  Mary McLeod Bethune

M-B Section  NCNW, Inc.

P.O. Box 6037, Largo, MD 20792

Commitment, Unity and Self Reliance


Mitchellville-Bowie Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

Essay Contest


This year, once again, the Education Committee held its annual essay contest at a local Middle School. Sixth and seventh grade contest participants were given the option to prepare an original essay explaining:


  • the relevance of a Mary McLeod Bethune quote in the 21st century;
  • who is an important black woman they admire and why; or
  • how the life and achievements of a black female educator or activist has made a difference in the student's community.


The Committee received over 100 inspirational and well-thought-out essays. In honor of Women's History Month, we planned to host a recognition program for the winners on March 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled.
In late May, the Education Committee awarded each winner (listed below) a gift card prize and certificate. Lavender Petty shared a recording of her speech for section members to enjoy.


L. Petty - 1st Place
H. Day - 2nd Place
J. Dayne - 3rd Place


Congratulations to them all!!!