Brenda Marsh-Mitchell, NCNW honoree
National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) of Southern California Area celebrated their 37th Annual Bethune Recognition Luncheon on October 22, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel. A Grand Suave recognizing resourceful community leaders, generous volunteers and the continuous support for (NCNW). There are three Bethune Recognition Luncheons hosted annually by the Community Based Sections of NCNW Southern California. In Los Angeles it’s Athens Westmont, Compton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Bethune, Los Angeles View Park, and Santa Monica. The remaining sections who host the two other luncheons are: Inland Empire, Pomona Valley, Orange County, Perris Valley, San Gabriel Valley, High Desert, Moreno Valley and San Diego. NCNW is an non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by volunteers. Since 1935 NCNW’ membership has grown to 4 million women which encompasses the USA and parts of Africa.
Founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune organized NCNW in 1935 with the collaboration of 28 National African American Women’s organizations. Dr. Bethune came from being a child of parents who were slaves, having a strong religious foundation, married with children and still she made the time for volunteering to educate and motivate the African American Families. First, by rallying community leaders together to support her school for girls, then by teaching skills to the girls for self reliance and most notable, Dr. Bethune becoming an advocate for African American Women and their Family by advising the USA Presidents from Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt to Harry Truman. Her school for girls is now the Bethune-Cookman College. Dr Bethune’s first NCNW Headquarters in Washington, D.C. is now a historic site preserved by the National Parks and Recreation Dept. and the current headquarters of NCNW is just a couple of blocks from the United States White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, acquired under the leadership of the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Dr. Height continued the post of Special Advisor to the USA Presidents up until her death in 2010.
It is NCNW’s privilege to give recognition to such Distinguished Honorees this year for their outstanding, unselfish acts of love and outreach within the Southern California Area. Distinguished Humanitarian Honoree is Ms. Brenda Marsh-Mitchell. Ms. Marsh-Mitchell is a native of Los Angeles, California. She is a loving mother of three lovely daughters and the grandmother of two grandsons. Ms. Marsh-Mitchell has dedicated 35 years of her life to performing in a fast paced community service and political environment. Ms. Marsh-Mitchell possesses qualities of loyalty and trustworthiness which has sustained her longevity with several major leaders, corporations and organizations in the community.
Although Ms. Marsh-Mitchell works tirelessly within the community, she has maintained her long time commitment to The Los Angeles Sentinel, Inc, respectfully one of the largest Black owned publications in the nation. Ms. Marsh-Mitchell is the Special Assistant to President and Member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Danny Bakewell. In this position, Ms. Marsh-Mitchell headed the planning and organizing of the annual “Taste of Soul Street Festival” since 2008 as well as being instrumental in the increased subscribers of the newspaper.
Other action groups that Ms. Marsh-Mitchell holds pertinent positions in are “Mothers In Action” of Los Angeles, as the President and CEO, which involves providing services, information and a mechanism for mothers to be heard through various outreach activities. Ms. Marsh-Mitchell continues to be a important part of “The Bakewell Companies” of Los Angeles as Special Assistant to the President/Vice President and she is the Director of Community Relations and Vice President of Governmental Affairs with “Brotherhood Crusade”. In this capacity, she mobilized thousands for the Million Man March and she organized the feeding of hundreds of thousands through the annual homeless food program.
Ms. Brenda Marsh-Mitchell is a lifelong Democrat who has a strong commitment to God, family and Community. She is also a member of NCNW and she has work many years alongside the late NCNW Executive Director, Dr. Meda H. Chamberlain. Ms. Marsh-Mitchell’ life is dedicated to improving the quality of life for her family and her community.