A historic event is coming to the Market House in Downtown Fayetteville. 100 Professional Black Women in Black is set to take place on Jan. 6th at 2 p.m. Ladies will meet at the Market House for check-in and then disperse for photos. Several local photographers will be on hand to take pictures of the women in attendance.
While this mass photo shoot is meant to highlight the professional black women of the area, organizers are encouraging those with daughters to bring them along for the monumental occasion. Ladies wishing to bring their daughters do not have to purchase additional tickets.
“I hope to capture photos of the children present as they are our future,” said Tiffany Campbell, event organizer. Black is the color and professional (whatever that means for the individual) is the vibe. Attendees should come looking their best and ready to mix and mingle with other professional black women.
100 Professional Black Women in Black is sponsored by the Fayetteville Observer and Vocal 4 Local. Vocal 4 Local normally has a similar event and has combined its event this year, a move that has already increased the count of professional black women registered for the event, well beyond 100. Registration had to be extended, and a sign of success already for organizers and sponsors.
“I want women to walk away from this shoot feeling empowered. I want them to understand that they have support, can connect, collaborate, and find like-minded women to partner with, and, most importantly, I want them to experience mental refreshment.
"I also want it to be symbolic of our strength in numbers—a step toward improvement. Many are standing on the elders' shoulders, and many are preparing their shoulders for their daughters. No matter what, we've got each other as women. While we support everyone and everything, it's crucial to make time for ourselves and offer self-congratulations for our accomplishments.” said Campbell.
Marking the first of its kind, this historical gathering is the brainchild and passion project of Tiffany Campbell.
When asked what prompted her to organize an event like this one Campbell said, “I was in a room filled with professional Black women, an empowering yet somewhat disheartening experience. I realized I hadn't heard of most of them, despite our geographical proximity. The idea struck me — this could be something extraordinary. It was noted that there wasn't much space for us to network. Curious, I Googled 'professional women,' but the images didn't reflect women who looked like me. Then, searching for 'black empowerment pictures,' I noticed a disparity with more images of men than women … Contemplating the ongoing conversation about changing dynamics, I envisioned a gathering for us to connect, bringing our daughters along to inspire them. The change isn't just on the horizon; it's happening now,” she said.
Campbell is a professional black woman, currently working as a Youth Counselor Technician and Certified Driver at NCDPS Juvenile Justice and proud owner of Elite Steps, a mentoring business.
A Harnett County native, Campbell is active in several Cumberland County organizations and community initiatives, notably, being the driving force for events like the Guns Down Family Up and It's a Family Affair Sneaker Ball in 2021 for gun violence awareness.