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.