Past and present officers include, from left Virginia Bland, Myrtis Talbert, Dr. Ernestine Robinson, Dr. Linda James, Dr. Karmyn Downs (president), Kimberly Watson, Dr. Gwenette Parker, Monique Bacon, Narida Robertson, and Dr. Thelma Eaton (seated). (Courtesy photo)

The Coalition of 100 Black Women Los Angeles Chapter (C100BWLA) has launched a campaign to increase the membership of the organization.  Individuals interested in advancing the interests of Black women and girls are invited to join the association.

According to Dr. Gwenette Parker, C100BWLA has worked to uplift African American females for nearly 40 years.  Not only does the group monitor public policy impacting Black females at all levels of government, but also the organization sponsors workshops, fairs, seminars, leadership training and a mentoring program for young girls.

“C100BWLA is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1986. Its existence came out of the need to empower Black women and girls physically, socially, and economically to reach their full potential and to create a brighter future for themselves, their families and the community,” explained Parker.

“We advocate for the needs of Black women and girls in the program areas of health, education, economic empowerment and public policy. We are seeking Black women for membership in the chapter who are experts in their field, passionate about teamwork, eager to advocate for and help other Black women.”

Some of C100BWLA’s upcoming initiatives include promoting an aviation program for Black girls, developing academic and workforce scholarships for Black women in need, and supporting Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“Come join a community of women who are determined to make a difference. Become a voice for women who cannot speak by joining the Coalition of 100 Black Women Los Angeles Chapter,” said Parker, who added that the deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 27.

The C100BWLA office is located at 4332 Leimert Blvd, in Los Angeles.  To learn more, visit