On Monday, April 16, 2012, the Atlanta City Council granted rolling out, the go-to media destination for urban culture and the largest chain of free African American weeklies in the nation, with a proclamation, a ceremonial document. Councilperson Joyce Sheperd (District 12) commended Munson Steed, publisher and CEO, for the founding of the publication 15 years ago and innovating the Top 25 Women of Atlanta Awards in 2005 to honor the achievement of women entrepreneurs, corporate executives and civic and cultural trailblazers. The proclamation was presented during the City Council Meeting.
“We appreciate the City of Atlanta, council member Joyce Sheperd and fellow council representatives’ support of the Female Success Factor. This recognition and continued success of the women honored are testaments of their brilliance. The Top 25 Women of Atlanta are shining examples of who young women around the city of Atlanta can look up to,” offers Steed.
The 2011 Top 25 Women of Atlanta honorees Sheila Tenney, Atlanta Metropolitan College; Shanti Das, Press Reset Entertainment; Miranda Mack-McKenzie, UNCF; Tracey Jennings, Liquid Soul Media; Annette Jackson, The Ken Ford Foundation; and Lisa Williams, Living Water for Girls, joined Steed Media Group executive Brenda Hull, Melinda Johnson and this writer to accept the honor. Each of the 2011 Top 25 Women of Atlanta awardees received a customized Proclamation for their personal libraries.
The YWCA of Greater Atlanta, the Black Women in Film Network and the Lutheran Towers Senior Center also received Proclamations for their respected contributions to the city of Atlanta. –yvette caslin