Tri-State Defender honors 50 area women

Published: Apr. 29, 2017 at 8:08 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2017 at 6:20 AM CDT
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CORDOVA, TN (WMC) - We're sending a high 5 to dozens of African-American women who were honored Saturday morning by the New Tri-State Defender for their achievements and leadership in the Memphis community.

One of them is a familiar face here at WMC Action News 5! Our own evening anchor Kontji Anthony was among the 50 named in the "2017 Women of Excellence" group by the new Tri-State Defender.

"It was really a shock and exciting," Kontji said. "I just can't believe when I look at the fifty women, I can't believe that I'm among them."

Candidates are nominated and then narrowed down to the final 50. This is the 10th year for the celebration, which got underway with a brunch Saturday morning in Cordova.

"This event is a way that we can connect the community and share with the community and celebrate the contributions of the ladies," said Bernal Smith, President and Publisher of the new Tri-State Defender.

Candidates must demonstrate personal strength and influence, as well as elegance and generosity as part of the criteria for selection.

With this year's group, the new Tri-State Defender has now named 500 Women of Excellence over the past 10 years.

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