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Spelman Women Highlighted on Essence ‘Woke 100 Women’ List

May 2017

    Stay Woke Essence 2017 CoverAlabama Circuit Court Judge Tamara Harris Johnson, C’74, is among the Spelman women highlighted on Essence magazine’s first-ever “Woke 100 Women” list. The “Woke 100,” which appear in the magazine’s May issue, recognizes women blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for African Americans. 
    In November, Johnson was one of a record nine Black women elected to judicial seats in Jefferson County, Alabama, which includes her hometown of Birmingham. Other Spelman women on the Essence list of “socially conscious change-makers” include Stacey Y. Abrams, C’95, state representative and House minority leader for the Georgia General Assembly; Spelman alumna trustee Loren Robinson, M.D., C’2003, Pennsylvania’s deputy secretary of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; and Social Justice Fellow Mary-Pat Hector, C’2019, co-director of leadership and civic engagement for the Spelman Student Government Association.