Ascension Parish community photo gallery for April 2, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Tamiko Francis Garrison -- Dr. E. Faith Williams, national chairwoman of the National Congress of Black Women, fourth from left, gathers Saturday at a ceremony to charter the new Greater Baton Rouge Region Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women. Attending are, from left, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, Tamiko Francis Garrison, Hollis Baker-Graves, Williams, Marva Ganes Matthews, Dr. Lue Russell, Tamiko Terraz Stroud, Charie Mitchell-Worley and Cynthia M. Buggage. Not pictured is Ascension resident Wanda August.

Eight Ascension Parish professional women were among the 37 women gathered Saturday to form Louisiana’s second and Baton Rouge’s first chapter of the National Congress of Black Women.

Ascension Parish residents Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, Tamiko Francis Garrison, Hollis Baker-Graves, Marva Ganes Matthews, Tamiko Terraz Stroud, Charie Mitchell-Worley, Wanda August and Cynthia M. Buggage attended the charter ceremony held at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge.

It was officiated by Dr. E. Faye Williams, national chairwoman of the group.

The Baton Rouge chapter, officially named the Greater Baton Rouge Region Chapter, has members from East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.

Women who live in those parishes are eligible to join as full chapter members, and women living outside the six-parish area can join as at-large members.

Chapter Chairwoman Dr. Lue Russell said the group will focus on assuring healthy children and thriving families in Louisiana, especially black women and their children.

For more information about the chapter, call Russell at (985) 974-3752, email luerussell @gmail.com or visit national congressbw.org.