The National Council of Negro Women was founded by educator and human rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935. It has been an effective vehicle in moving millions of African American women toward greatness. Each year this nonprofit, voluntary service organization recognizes African American women who go above and beyond the call to action to make a difference in the lives of other African American women and the community at large.
This year the Western Reserve section of the National Council of Negro Women selected Newschannel5's Danita Harris as their extraordinary honoree. Because of Harris' tireless commitment to the Cleveland Community and surrounding areas, working with numerous organizations, and dedication to the spiritual development of others she was chosen for this honor.
The award was presented on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Brook Ridge Party Center. Harris said she is humbled to receive the award from such a prestigious organization. An organization that she admires and respects because of their longstanding history of empowering women and encouraging them to be great at whatever they decide to do. Harris says that it's that same philosophy that fuesl her passion to work hard in the community and hopefully make a difference.
The National Council of Negro Women has 34 national, affiliated, organizations and 250 community based sections. It is the nation's largest organization of its kind.