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NCBW Hosts Hattitude 2017

National Congress of Black Women President, Ms. Juanita Barton and Ms. 2017 Honoree Lanette Sanders

By: Michelle Harmon

The Space Coast Chapter (SCC) of the National Congress of Black Women (NCBW), Inc. celebrated Women History Month with the 2017 HATTITUDE LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW. It was held on Sunday, March 26st, at the Holiday Inn Viera with our 2017 President, Ms. Juanita Barton. The 2017 HATTITUDE LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW Program Chair, Mrs. Alberta K. Wilson, stated that the committee Sisters, Vickey Mitchner, Angel Kellem, Elaine Harris, Akilah McGann, Barbara Buggs and Sonya Mallard, were an awesome group to work with.  Within the National Congress of Black Women, we really are a “Sisterhood” and that is exactly what took place in Viera.  If you missed this year’s event, you truly missed a HATTITUDE Event!

Our Mistress of Ceremony was the eloquent, sophisticated and mysterious Ms. Angel Kellem, who spoke with such clarity and precision that her words were like notes to a saxophone.  Not only did she display charm and wit, but when she recited her original poem for the Honoree, Ms. Lanette Sanders, you would have thought Mrs. Maya Angelou was in the room!  Ms. Beatrice Gillespie gave beautiful heartfelt Words of Inspiration that motivated us to do more, help more, and give more to the world. Now when you surveyed the room with your eyes, and explored the beautiful array of colorful flowers and tables, most people knew that it was decorated by none other than Ms. Elouise Wilson and the vibrantly adorned hats the ladies wore really set the tone!  HATTITUDE is traditionally known for our Welcome and Occasion and this year was no different!  Ms. Sonya Mallard electrified the guests with a challenge to be prepared to not only to enjoy the event and be a part of the fashion show, but to remember to reach back to mentor, encourage and inspire other women along the way.

The soloist was the alluring Ms. Arlene Simmons, who took us to church and back home again! Guests sang along, shaking their heads and taping their feet as she penetrated our souls with her brash sound of “good ole” gospel.  The stunning, Ms. Vickery Mitchner introduced the Speaker, Mrs. Robin Haynes, Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority/SCC NCBW, as well as produced the slide show of our Honoree.

March is Women’s History Month, and what is so exciting is that the SCC of the NCBW, Inc. chooses a woman in the community who best exemplify leadership, and a willingness to lead.  The 2017 Honoree who was selected for such a high tribute is Ms. Lanette Sanders, for her vision of the Brown Bag Ministry which aids the homeless and our veterans. Ms. Lanette Sanders started small, and all of the meals provided were prepared with the help of volunteers and her church family – Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Cocoa.  Ms. Sanders also started a FREE clothing ministry for those in need of work clothing and clothing for school-aged children. She is retired from the Brevard County Sheriff Department.

The HATTITUDE Fashion Show was the annual highlight with the witty Fashion Show Commentator, Ms. Rosemary McGill.  She described the clothing as if she was giving you a recipe of grandma’s favorite apple pie…you know, a little of this and a pinch of that and that pie coming out of the oven with a smell that penetrates the entire house!  The fashions were detailed and matching with dynamic models ripping the runway. The Fashion Show Coordinator, Ms. Elouise Wilson, along with Ms. Jackie VanKleef – Wilson, Ms. Christiane Littles, Ms. Donna Willis and Mrs. Alberta K. Wilson truly did an amazing job. The models, Endeavour’s Cheerleaders and all members of the HATTITUDE team outdid ourselves for 2017 HATTITUDE LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW.

If you would like more information about the National Congress of Black Women, or would like to reserve your tickets to next year’s event before we sell out, or possibly would like to sign up to be a vendor, please email our President, Ms. Juanita Barton at  We look forward to seeing you next year!


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