Courtesy of the Fort Wayne/Allen County Branch of the NAACP
FORT WAYNE—The Women in NAACP (Win) chapter of the Fort Wayne/Allen County Branch of the NAACP is scheduled to host the Annual Black History Month Brunch from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Feb. 22 at Link’s Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Ave. The theme for this year’s brunch is “The Battle is Not Over!” with scheduled keynote speaker, Debra Faye Williams-Robbins, Esq., assistant superintendent of secondary education for Fort Wayne Community Schools.
A graduate of Northrop High School, Williams-Robbins received her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and her master of arts degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). After teaching at Arlington Elementary School from 1979 to 1990, Williams-Robbins received her administrative certificate from IPFW. She then served as a Title I resource teacher for a year before being appointed to her first administrative position as dean/counselor at Miami Middle School from 1991 to 1993. Following her tenure at Miami, Williams-Robbins served as principal at Arlington Elementary from 1993 to 2001. It was from this position that she was appointed area administrator for the North Side South Side Area. That position later became the high school area administrator position. She now serves as assistant superintendent of secondary education. Williams-Robbins began her doctorate in Educational administration and supervision at Ball State University. She said she began to notice a trend in education that indicated there was a need for administrators with enhanced legal knowledge.
Pursuant to this recognition, she began to study law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. She received her juris doctor degree in May 2000 and after passing the bar examination on her first attempt, was admitted to the Indiana Bar in May 2001
Williams-Robbins is a member of the local NAACP Branch 3049 Executive Committee and chair of the Back to School and Stay in School Committee. She was recipient of NAACP Dr. James Breedlove Education Award during the 2013 Marjorie D. Wickliffe Freedom Fund Banquet. Williams-Robbins is the minister of music at Pilgrim Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Sam Shade Jr.
The Mistress of Ceremonies is First Lady DeShawn Moore, publisher of Moore Gospel Magazine.
Tickets for the event are $20 and are available as Eventbrite purchases with a credit card. Or for tickets and more information, contact WIN Black History Month Chairperson Debbie Powers at (260) 438-1179 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sheila Curry Campbell at (260) 740-7810 or by email at email@example.com.
The Rev. Dr. Saharra Bledsoe is president; Martha Thomas is chair of WIN.
Founded on Feb. 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization. The NAACP Branches throughout Indiana continue to accomplish our mission through volunteers. The Women in the NAACP (WIN) are especially committed to enhancing the leadership role of women, advocating for the positive development of children, and serving as a unified voice for addressing issues affecting women and children. Like the NAACP, WIN comprises multi-racial, multi-denominational men and women. WIN’s theme is “Outstretched Hands and Open Hearts to Women and Children.”