“Promoting Self-Esteem, Civility & Service”
Unstoppable Sheroes of Tomorrow!
17th Annual Culmination & Recognition High Tea
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 2:15 o’clock
Shore Culture Centre Community Room
291 East 222, Euclid, OH
Dear Leading Ladies and Beautiful Flowers Forever,
We are here! Here today because we choose to be! Striving to keep self-esteem high! Setting Goals! Aiming high! Planning to make our dreams come true! There are no Scars to your Beautiful…. And YES! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! You are uniquely YOU… Unstoppable Sheroes of Tomorrow!
Beyonce asked, “Who runs the world”? And of course, the answer is a resounding: GIRLS! James Brown says, “It’s a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl!” Oprah Winfrey stated, “When you train a girl, you train a nation.” Jada Pinkett Smith wrote a book entitled, “Girls Hold Up the World”! YOU are that Girl… Unstoppable Sheroes of Tomorrow!
Since the beginning of time, ladies, girls and women have worked hard, struggled and uplifted other women! Are you your Sister’s Keeper? Or are you a hater or a mean girl? You choose… Life is about choices. You choose to help others. You choose to be an up-stander, standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Think for a minute about Harriet Tubman and her fearlessness. How about Cleopatra and her leadership? What about Michelle Obama and her integrity? They were/are ALL confident, changemakers ... UNSTOPPABLE SHEROES.
Throughout the year, we have strived to give you unforgettable experiences and plant the seeds to challenge you, to inspire you to want more and dream BIG! We have had lots of FUN while serving others, dancing, yoga, going to the mall for the BFF scavenger hunt, plays, and eating out. We have also dealt with more serious issues such as: becoming a leader, acting like a lady, goal-setting, music, health and wellness, body image and above all else, Self- Respect!
Leading Ladies: Remember – “ You gotta put that armor on”! “No better you than the you that you are… No better life than the life we're living.” Say it loud and proud and believe it: “I’m STRONG ; I’m CONFIDENT, I’m INVINCIBLE” . We know that when you fall down you WILL get up! So... It is with great pride and pleasure that we recognize your achievements today. Good luck in your future endeavors and remember you ARE an UNSTOPPABLE SHEROE OF TOMORROW!
Mrs. Sabrina Humphries, Mrs. Laura Hendricks, Ms. Latonya & Mrs. Sabrina
Video by India Arie
Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don't
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won't
Depend of how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good to my soul
I'm not the average girl from your video - And I ain't built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally - Because I am a queen
I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I'm wearing I will always be - India Arie
When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it's supposed to be
And I know my creator didn't make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I'm loving what I see
Unstoppable by Sia
All smiles, I know what it takes to fool this town
I'll do it 'til the sun goes down
And all through the nighttime
Oh, yeah, I'll tell you what you wanna hear
Leave my sunglasses on while I shed a tear
It's never the right time
I put my armor on, show you how strong I am
I put my armor on, I'll show you that I am
I'm a Porsche with no brakes
Yeah, I win every single game
I'm so powerful
I don't need batteries to play
I'm so confident
Yeah, I'm unstoppable today
I'm unstoppable today
Break down, only alone I will cry out loud
You'll never see what's hiding out
Hiding out deep down
I know, I've heard that to let your feelings show
Is the only way to make friendships grow
But I'm too afraid now
CHORUS x 3
Unstoppable by Sia ………….. Leading Ladies & Beautiful Flowers
Pledge ....................................... Leading Ladies & Beautiful Flowers
Mistresses of Ceremony……….....…Krishna Carr & Kacey Worsham
Welcome …………………….……………… Mrs. Sabrina Humphries
Poem.............. Don’t Quit .......................................... Tiana Morrow
Guest speaker…………………………........…………. Moriah Battiest
History of Tea.............................................................Andrea Boyd
Original Poem ......................................................... Anniyah Johnson
Leading Ladies and Beautiful Flowers Introductions
Recognition Ceremony ….........Sabrina Humphries, Laura Hendricks & Latonya Humphries
Poem..............Our Deepest Fear ........ Malana Jackson Grimes
Closing Remarks ……………….................……Laquetta Washington
Moriah Battiest was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She’s the daughter of Robert & Patricia Batiest, and has three siblings. Moriah graduated from high school in the top 10 of her class, and continued her education at Alcorn State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
During her time at Alcorn, Moriah made the President’s list her freshman and sophomore year, and the Dean’s list her junior and senior year. Also, she served as Vice-President of the NAACP, member of the honors student organization, member of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, Business Student of the Year, Miss Junior, and as the 92nd Miss Alcorn State University.
Moriah has experience in a variety of different roles and job functions, and currently works for a Fortune 200 company. Moriah is also a member of the Junior League of Cleveland, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter, NAACP of Cleveland, and Leading Ladies, Inc. In her spare time, Moriah enjoys traveling, community service, reading, spending time with her family, friends, and Nephdog Domino.
Leading Ladies Pledge
We are Leading Ladies. Leaders with grace and purpose; Actively involved in serving the community; Determined to do our best; Individuals embracing civility; Elegant, eager, ethical & educated; Self-respecting sisters, striving to keep our self-esteem high. We are the Leading Ladies of Greater Cleveland Ohio and we are UNSTOPPABLE!
Beautiful Flowers Pledge
We are the Beautiful Flowers of Leading Ladies, Incorporated!
We have: the LOVE, the ATTITUDE, the DESIRE, the INTELLIGENCE, the EAGERNESS, and the SELF-RESPECT needed to be successful. We ARE the Beautiful Flowers of Leading Ladies, Incorporated
Congratulations 2023 Culmination Participants
Carletta Boone Anniyah Johnson
Taylor Brown Alaia King
Kaneisha Cantie Tiana Morrow
Krishna Carr Naima Murray
Jayda Collins Nia Murra
Azariah Hall Nyeese Murray
Zhuri Hereford Dalya Paul
Devinity Fisher Ty’Onna Peeples
Heaven Humphries JaNylah Terrell
Laila Jackson Ariana Thomas
Malana Jackson Grimes Kristna Thomas
Trinity Jayes La’riyah Wanzo
J’yana Wolston Alysa Williams
Mission Statement: The mission of Leading Ladies, Inc. is to aide young ladies in the development of positive and powerful attitudes that will guide them into becoming resourceful, resilient adults.
Primary Focuses: Self-esteem, Civility & Service Colors: Purple, Lavender and White
Theme Song: “Video” by India Arie
2022-2023 Leadership, Service & Community Outreach
Family of Promise Hygiene and Purse Donation, Hats, gloves and diapers donation to Catholic Charities, Food Service at William Bishop Cosgrove Women’s History Month Museum, Kwanzaa Celebration
Special Thanks from :
Sabrina L. Humphries, Founder/Director
Laura Hendricks, Teen Facilitator; Latonya Humphries and Sabrina Woody, Beautiful Flowers Facilitators
The Leading Ladies and Facilitators are EXTREMELY grateful to our Board of Directors, St. Jerome School, Shore Cultural Centre, Family & Friends, Moms and Mentors . Special thanks to our Sponsors and Grantors: Cleveland Photography, The Maltz Museum Stop the Hate Program, Charlene Reed Mundell, Nancy Cohen, EF Boyd, Linking Parternership Opportunities, The Cleveland Foundation and the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland.
To: Vicki Dansby, Andrea Boyd, Laura Hendricks, Sabrina Woody, Laquetta Washington, Jasmen Woodson, Latonya Humphries, Joia Humphries, Jsmine Price, Tia Jayes, Kimberlie Clark, Conida Hawk, Nicole Lewis, Melissa Walls, Michele Baker, Susan Coan, Deborah Willis SPEAKERS & MENTORS: Arielle Ballard, Judy Jones, Dedra Ross, Kim Springer, Christal Crosby, Moriah Battiest, Essence Bates, Khalilah Lawson, Morgan Luckett, Camile Heard, Deborah Willis, Tierra Banks, LaToyka Priester, Chrissy Turner, Jeilee Letcher, Rachel Sorroco, Connie Motter, Rachael Evans, Jordan Clark, Aanchal Nassar and Anjelika Washington, ………
THANK YOU!!! You have stepped forward and volunteered your time. We know that we could not have had such a successful year without your support. It truly does… “Take a Village to raise a child”!
Partially funded or sponsored by:
UNITED BLACK FUND OF Greater Cleveland, THE Cleveland Foundation BLACK FUTURES FUND
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Our primary focuses are self-esteem, civility and service. We believe in the
African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child". We believe that if
parents and schools form a partnership with a common goal, it is more likely
that we will raise young ladies with high self-esteem, young ladies armed with
strategies to combat the negative messages of society. We believe that when
civility, courtesy and simple politeness are emphasized, we will live in a more