During the month of February, Gwen’s Girls held an event for Black History Month. This event allowed our girls to listen to some amazing speakers, find out who won our essay contest, enjoy food and music along with the fellowship of one another.
One of the speakers that the girls enjoyed was Detective Tamara Hawthorne from the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. This amazing woman shared her story with our girls and explained that “your past does not determine your future,” and that our girls should be “treating themselves like the queens they want to become.” Det. Hawthorne stated that just because you come from bad area or have faced hardships in your life does not mean that you cannot overcome it – our girls need to reach out and find resources, like Gwen’s Girls, that can benefit them. When I asked what the girls liked about the speaker, they said she was very passionate in telling her story and made them realize the importance of making good decisions.
Not only did our girls enjoy our guest speaker but they enjoyed watching their friends being recognized for a job well done on the essay competition featuring writing about “Who am I and who I will become.” At the end of the night, the girls enjoyed the chance to sing and dance with one another and said that “they were proud of who they were becoming, and thankful to learn their history.”