March 23, 2023 | 5:30 PM | In partnership with Leon County
Black Women and the Fight for Equality

Leon County Government and The Village Square will host the 8th annual Created Equal program on March 23, 2023. The program will examine the histories and current realities of Black women in America and the struggles they continue to face in the areas of health, economy, community, and education.

Throughout American history, Black women have been expected to serve and support others. Now, what should be done to support Black women?

Despite Black women being the anchor for their families, networks, and community, they continue to be disregarded for economic opportunities, dismissed in health care, and deprioritized in society. Black women in America have historically faced an intersectional disadvantage due to both race and gender discrimination, and these challenges continue to persist today.

A panel discussion, featuring academic experts, industry professionals, and community members, will encourage residents to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and understand the experiences of Black women. Table talks will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their own experiences and perspectives on the issues discussed by the panelists. These conversations will be facilitated to encourage attendees to engage in meaningful dialogue and share their thoughts and ideas in a small group setting.

Created Equal: Black Women and the Fight for Equality will be a space for learning, sharing, and community-building. It will also provide an opportunity for community members to consider how we can all work together. The event will be an eye-opening and empowering experience for all who attend.

Join the discussion at the annual Created Equal on Thursday, March 23 at The Moon, 1105 E Lafayette St. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m., followed by table conversations among attendees. Register to reserve your free seat to join us.

Created Equal is part of the award-winning series The Club of Honest Citizens, a partnership with Leon County Government and The Village Square.


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Dr. Temple Robinson, M.D. is the Chief Executive Officer at Bond Community Health Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Robinson was the Chief Medical Officer at Bond, with a total of 18 years dedicated to the health center. Dr. Robinson completed her medical training at the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and has dedicated her career in internal medicine to serving the Tallahassee area’s most vulnerable populations.

Christic Henry is driven by love for community, youth, and grassroots advocacy. A former AmeriCorp volunteer at Bond Elementary School, Christic’s love for Tallahassee blossomed under the care and support she received from Southside neighbors during her term of service. A 2003 graduate of FSU, for 11 years Christic and her husband Karlus have owned and operated Kingdom First Realty, an independent full service real estate brokerage where she serves as President/Managing Broker.

Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud is Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the FAMU Foundation. Previously she was Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University. She is a former McKnight Doctoral Fellow and a former McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellow. Dr. Friday-Stroud received her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Florida International University in Miami, FL her B.S. and MBA from Florida A&M University. She has been recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers several times.

Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones currently serves as an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. Her research examines the sociocultural influences on socialization during graduate education and the professional experiences of underrepresented populations, particularly Black women, in academia. Her previous work as an administrator and program evaluator also influence her other research interests in culturally responsive assessment and evaluation.

with Nicole Everett, of Conversations With Nicole, as moderator. Nicole Everett, a native of Miami, Florida, is an alumnus of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with undergraduate degrees in both Business Administration and Business Economics. She has served in the affordable housing arena for almost 20 years and volunteers with several community organizations and initiatives located in the Big Bend area. Nicole believes in the support of local businesses and artists. She is working towards becoming a major philanthropist with the hopes of funding art, housing and children initiatives.


Dr. Temple Robinson
Bond Community Health Clinic
Christic Henry
Kingdom First Realty
Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud
Florida A&M University
Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones
Florida State University
Nicole Everett
Conversations with Nicole