At this writing, I am about to embark on a two-day summit, "Leading Women Defined," organized by Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks. The roster of women attending is luminous and was the impetus behind writing this editorial. Over the next 48 hours, we will hear and speak with women like Valerie Jarrett, Donna Brazil, Debra Lee, Harriet Cole, Raven-Symone, Susan Taylor, Star Jones and Terrie Williams, just to name a few.With that, I mention just a few thank yous. Thank you for being the strong women you are and for making a difference in all those whose lives you touched. Thank you, Hazel Dukes, Michelle Obama, Dorothy Height, Dr. Phyllis Harris Ross, Inez Dickens, Ruth Clark, Marcella Maxwell, C. Virginia Fields, Gerri Warren-Merrick, Dolly Christian, Aunt Lorraine and Aunt Edna; my peers, Susan Austin, Michelle Miller, Rose Pierre-Louis, Maria Perez Brown, Hasani Pratts; and so many more too numerous to name. And last but not least, my mother. You have all made a difference in my life and in the lives of so many others. I salute you and honor you.For many of our people, asking for help or understanding the issues of mental illness is a painful or impossible process - and many remain silent or embarrassed to admit they may have a problem.
Paying Tribute to the Women in Our Lives
March is Women's History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the triumphs of women and looking back on what we have achieved over the centuries. It is at this time of the year w...