On April 25, 2022, at the French Residence in Atlanta, Vicki Crawford, PhD, an expert specialist in American Studies and civil rights history, was decorated "Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur." This award recognizes her academic contributions as well as her efforts to spread the teachings and the philosophy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Chums, Inc. installs six new members

The Roanoke Chapter of Chums, Inc. installed six new members on November 13, at the Salem Civic Center. We are very happy to welcome the following new Chums: Brenda Hale, Linda Miles Johnson, Bethanie Mickles, Faye Shareef, and Andrea Trent into their national organization.

Through the years, Chums Inc., has devoted itself to the betterment of social, civic, and cultural relationships in communities with the National theme “listen to the children…enrich their lives.”

With a network of 35 chapters and over 700 members in 22 states throughout the United States and the District of Columbia, Chums are represented by, women of various backgrounds. In 2021, 25,550 people were serviced, and $118,000 was donated to support our communities and sixty-six deserving youth were awarded scholarships.

The Children’s Defense Fund and My Brothers Keeper were our National Projects this year each receiving $5,000.

The Roanoke Chapter is proud of its services and community contributions. Francine McLaughlin is chapter president.

Posted on November 24, 2021 By The Roanoke Tribune

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On June 19, 2021 (Juneteenth) the Central New Jersey (NJ) Chapter became the 37th Chapter of Chums, Incorporated. We are proud to welcome these dynamic women into Chumdom.  

Please click here to view the Central New Jersey (NJ) Chapter of Chums, Inc. Virtual Journal, commemorating this auspicious occasion.








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Charleston Chapter of Chums - Program LIT @ BOWs

Charleston Chapter of Chums connects with students through a reading partnership, Program

LIT (Learn, Inspire, Teach). This year the partnership with Beyond Our Walls (BOWs)

enlightened eager young minds virtually as Chums rotated reading storybooks to an average of

15 children weekly on Wednesdays. To conclude this season, they journeyed to Africa, reading

"Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock" retold by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrations by Janet

Stevens. Chum Gloria McDonald, President Chum Cheryl L. Merritt, and Chum Ruthie Walker

were able to visit the new location for this final story sharing authentic African artifacts the

students were able to touch.

"While the primary focus of BOWs is on literacy, it's a place where children and adult

relationships highlight the importance of achieving increasing levels of academic, behavior and

social skills for personal success. The goal is to expose children living with limited resources to

the many cultural and educational opportunities available." They are grassroots citizens who care

about children and believe "Education Is A Key to Success" for their futures.