Event honors African-American women

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An event at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday celebrated local African-American women who've made contributions to the Charlottesville community.

The event honored 13 women, including the late Tamyra Turner, who died in January.

Turner was an English professor who was an active member of the NAACP. She also served on the school board and organized Charlottesville's first Juneteenth celebration.

Event organizer Tanesha Hudson said African-American women don't receive enough recognition.

"I think throughout the fight for civil rights and community work that women of color are often overlooked for their untiring efforts and they are unrewarded," she said.

Hudson says she plans to make this an annual event and next year will honor local women of all races.

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