FLINT, Michigan — Flint entrepreneur Tracy Palmer is celebrating black women. Having already founded a modeling and etiquette school, an anti-bullying campaign, and a program for young people with special needs — Palmer now wants to shine the spot light on some local women who deserve attention.
Black Girls Rock is a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony celebrating 17 area black women who have made a significant impact in the community. The list of honorees includes Mari Copeny, the young activist known as Little Miss Flint; children’s books author LaTashia Perry
; entrepreneur and collaborator Ebonie Gibson
; and community volunteer Chia Morgan
While much of the evening is meant to be a surprise, there will be dinner, awards, music, and presentations focused on making the honorees know they are appreciated and that their contributions matter.
Black Girls Rock is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Mott Event Center on the campus of Mott Community College. The event is free, but reservations are required. Dinner will be served and space is limited.
"My goal is to make them feel appreciated, fulfilled, and to let them know that what they are doing is amazing," said Palmer, who last month made news when she hosted a wildly successful fashion show featuring all special needs models.
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Palmer is the owner and instructor at Trendsetters Productions Modeling and Etiquette School and has been working to celebrate and empower young people locally. At Trendsetters students will learn how to be role models as they build self-esteem and confidence that will put them onto the path to success.
For more information, contact Tracy Palmer at [email protected]