A day for women


Commissioner holds first event

Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, a film chronicling the life stories of a team of Black women mathematicians who served an important role in the early years of the U.S. space program, Commissioner Greg Adams hosted the first Hidden Figures of DeKalb award program.

The program highlighted the contributions of local women in the county and recognized them with plaques during an award ceremony March 23.

“In DeKalb County we have some beautiful women that are very talented and have been pivotal in moving this county forward but some may not have seen or heard of them,” Adams said. “It’s not about titles or accolades; it’s about helping your fellow man, so to speak.”

Not only was it the first Hidden Figures of DeKalb event, but it was also the first event Adams hosted as commissioner.

Adams, who was elected last year for the District 7 commissioner seat, said he thought it was a great turnout. In total 17 women in DeKalb County were recognized, including Phillipa Ellis, the wife of former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Phillipa Ellis was presented with the “women of strength” award.

“We’re hoping this is an annual event. We’re looking to continue this. There are so many other women that need to be recognized. If I could recognize every one of them I don’t think this building would have held them and we’d be here all day,” said Adams, laughing.

The women recognized in the first Hidden Figures of DeKalb event included Nadine Ali, Carrie Briscoe, Carleen Cumberbatch, Debra DeBerry, Xernia L. Fortson, Jennifer Ffrench-Parker, Janel Green, Cynthia L. Hale, Teresa Hardy, Tracy Hutchinson, Anne Lerner, Dionne McGee, Valerie J. Morgan, Lena Render, Myra Surratt-Walters and Kelsi Queen-Robinson.

“I’m so thrilled to be honored by such great women. I’ve served DeKalb County and Tucker for about 20 years in various cpatitizes and I love our community. I want us to work together for the best of everyone,” said Lerner, who also serves as a city council woman in Tucker. “Women like to roll up their sleeves and get things done. We’re also supported by great men.”


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