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MWA Celebrates Women's History Month

Mar 25, 2021 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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Former MWA Board Member Dorothy "Dot" Black (center), pictured with her family and friends, stands in front of the mural that now designates the MWA Training Room in her name. The dedication was part of the MWA's celebration of Women's History Month.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) celebrated Women’s History Month today (Wednesday, March 24) by honoring three women who serve as trailblazers within the Macon-Bibb County community.

Former long-time MWA District 1 Board Member Dorothy “Dot” Black was honored with a special wall mural dedication that pays tribute to her 21-year career in public service at the Authority. The mural honoring Ms. Black adorns the full length of a wall in the newly proclaimed Dorothy “Dot” Black Training Center, which is located in the MWA Human Resources & Engineering Building’s Training Room.

In addition, during the dedication ceremony of Ms. Black’s mural, the MWA recognized the current contributions of MWA Board Members Dr. Anissa Jones, who represents District 1, and Valerie Wynn, who is one of two Representatives on the MWA Board from the Macon-Bibb County Commission. The timing of the recognition of these three MWA stalwarts coincided with Women’s History Month in March.

Dorothy Black is a native of Macon who has dedicated 50-plus years of service to the community – a span of civil service that includes her role as a public educator for more than 31 years and continued thru her tenure on the MWA Board of Directors for another 21 years. Ms. Black began her career in teaching in 1955, in the Jasper County School System, and later transitioned to the Bibb County School System.

She retired as a School Counselor and as the Career Coordinator for Bibb County Schools in 1986, capping off 31 years in public education. Ms. Black holds an undergraduate degree from Paine College in Augusta and a Master’s degree from Fort Valley State University. She also has completed additional studies at the University of Georgia, Indiana University, the Butler School of Library Services, and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

A decade after her retirement, Ms. Black was elected in 1997 to represent the citizens of District 1 on the MWA Board of Directors. She faithfully served her constituents for 21 years, until her retirement in December of 2018.

“I’m very surprised at all of this,” says Ms. Black, when referring to the surprise dedication of the mural in her honor. “I’m honored to have been a part of this (Authority Board) and to have overseen so many positive projects and development within the Authority. I’m just so happy to be here and receive this honor.”

Dr. Anissa Jones, DC, is a Macon native and relative newcomer to the MWA Board, winning the election for the District 1 seat in 2018. Professionally, she is a Chiropractor who has been practicing locally for 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Valley State University in 1994, followed by her Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in 1998. She also is a graduate of Wesleyan College and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In addition to being a local Chiropractor, she owns and operates the Pink Chief Boutique on Poplar Street in Downtown Macon.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this (MWA) Board and to follow Ms. Black in representing District 1,” says Dr. Jones, when recognized as a dedicated community leader by the MWA in observance of Women’s History Month. “I appreciate this special recognition, but today belongs to Ms. Black. This is a day to celebrate all she has done for the Authority.”

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Valerie Wynn was first elected to serve a partial term in June of 2018, prior to being re-elected for a full four-year term in June of 2020. As a Macon-Bibb County Commissioner, Mrs. Wynn has chaired the Public Safety Committee, in addition to co-chairing the Economic and Community Development Committee. She also serves on two Pension Boards for Macon-Bibb County. Mrs. Wynn retired in 2017, from a 46-year career in the insurance industry, having worked for several major insurers during her lifetime. Mrs. Wynn is a current member of the Historic Macon Foundation, and she volunteers with a number of civic organizations that include the Salvation Army, the YWCA, and local animal rescue groups and food drives.

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. The event has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to its current designation during the entire month of March as a means of honoring the accolades of women who are making notable impacts in history and within their communities.

For more information on these three women who are critical contributors to MWA history, please visit our website at www.maconwater.org.

Contact:
Lisa Golphin, MWA Sr. Executive of Strategic Planning
P: 478-464-5623 or 478-951-7039
E: lgolphin@maconwater.org

Tagged: mwa, macon water authority, womens history month, dorothy dot black, dr anissa jones, valerie vynn

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