Welcome to the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women
Building Upon Our Legacy of Developing the Whole Lawyer: Heart, Mind, Body & Soul!
What better way to advance the year than to move from February’s observance of Black History to the recognition of Women’s History Month in March! It may or may not be obvious, but the members and supporters of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association know a little something about women making history.
One ready example is our namesake – Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry. Born in Miami in 1923, Ms. Cherry was the first Black woman law student to attend the University of Miami; the first Black woman to practice law in Dade County, Florida; and the first of 9 attorneys who served at Legal Services of Greater Miami. In 1970, she was elected as a state representative, becoming the first Black woman to serve as a legislator for the State of Florida.
Following in Ms. Cherry’s footsteps, each and every day many of us walk into our workplaces, state houses, organizations, community centers and other places and make history as the “only”, the “first” or the few. Even beyond being courageous counsel, we work to make history by driving forward civic engagement – being the voice for the voiceless on small and large scales. We are not delayed nor daunted by the formidable task of working to make a difference where we are planted.
In the words of the heroic late Coretta Scott King, “The woman power of this nation can be power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society.”
Amen, Mrs. King! Count us in. We are here for it – whatever “it” is or needs to be!
Nikki Lewis Simon