"The community must embrace this great event."

Dr. Delores Henderson 2019 keynote speaker

The 2018 event focused on the work that women perform within our communities. 

“We are doing a work, but we must be collaborative." 

Dr. Delores Henderson is a recently retired school administrator with St Paul Public Schools. She was the longest sitting administrator in the State of Minnesota, 46 years. She worked as a teacher and administrator. Dr. Henderson has been instrumental in developing various programs such as: J.J. Hill Gifted, Talented Magnet, Capital Hill Gifted Magnet and Hazel Park Academy International Baccalaureate.

Dr. Henderson proved dedicated, committed and passionate in making a difference in the lives of the children, families and communities. She has served on multiple community boards in a variety of capacities. and other local and national boards.  The Links Incorporated an international organization she led for over for 5 years. This organization consists of several chapters in over 15 states within the Midwest area. She also has a non-profit organization called D.E.L.O.R.E.S. WORKS.  

"You don't like something, change it!"

"Stop letting people define who we are. Let our voices be heard.. After all, we are women of vision, our voices...our vote...our Power!" 

"What a Great Event!"

New "Save Our Sistas" Program Provides A Vital Avenue for Local African American Young Women

Our goal for the 11th Annual Celebrating the Sistas Recognition Event is to introduce the "Save Our Sistas"  initiative, and to have 50 African American girls attend the 2019 event, from the 6th through the 12th grades in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and other Twin Cities area schools. 

The purpose of the "Save Our Sistas" initiative is to equip African American girls in the community with the necessary opportunities, resources and skills needed to be healthy and successful contributors. The initiative also offers an opportunity for the past, present and future honorees to work with us and others, to make a difference in the lives of these future leaders.

"Save Our Sistas 2019"

Dr. Josie Johnson Challenging Women

 At the 10th Annual Celebrating the Sistas awards on March 3, 2018, our keynote address was given by Dr. Josie R. Johnson. She provided attendees with their marching orders. As a community, in order to  "Save Our Children, especially our black babies, children and our youth who are suffering...tremendously, in all aspects of their lives...",  She strongly suggested that, "WE must stop talking about the disparities that exist in the African American community, and should rather do something about them in order to end the conversation, and change the outcomes for our community."  


These women were selected as the 2018 'Celebrating The Sistas" honorees

The event was held at the Doubletree By Hilton Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Mistress of Ceremonies Yolanda Bruce. A well known local music talent. She kept the evening lively and exciting with her spirited presence. Karla Michele, guest artist, poet and lyricist; charmed with some clever rhymes to keep the festivities exciting for all in attendance. 

Award honorees: Dr. Delores Henderson, Vanne Owens Hayes, Victoria "Vicky" Davis, Beverly Propes, Titilayo Bediako, Dr. Sylvia Bartley,  Dr. Barbara Butts Williams, Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Reona E. Berry, Rose McGee, Dr. Verna Cornella Price, Cheryl Claridy, Paula Hayward, and Tola Oyewole.


The following women were honored at the 2019 "Celebrating The Sistas" event.

Ramona Wilson, Monique Linder, Deltreice Gates, Susan Bass-Roberts, Dr. Diane Sharper, Coral Garner, Toni Newborn, Laverne McCartney Knighton, Robin Magee, Anika Ward, Lisa Crawford, Patricia Lamb and Monica Habia.


The 11th Annual Celebrating the Sistas Community Leadership Recognition Awards were held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN., 55439.

Celebrating the Sistas honor women who have and are making positive contributions to their communities. The focus is to recognize women who excel in politics, business, media, social services,  education and community activism. Celebrating the Sistas also recognizes women who have dedicated themselves toward maintaining healthy families, safe communities and educating our children.