Magazine to honor Black women at March 1 event

Dr. Melissa Freeman

ONYX Magazine will present its fourth annual Women on the Move luncheon on March 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park.

At the event, the magazine will honor some of Florida’s most influential women of color in business, education, government and media.

The keynote speaker will be Angela Suggs. She is the first female and African American to serve as president and CEO of the Florida Sports Foundation for Enterprise Florida.

ONYX’s Woman of the Year is Dr. Melissa Freeman. At age 92, she has run her private practice for 40 years and treats people who are addicted to opioid drugs like heroin and oxycodone at a New York City clinic.

Florida-based Women on the Move honorees include Chloe Coney, founder of CDC of Tampa; Congresswoman Val Demings; Dr. Elizabeth Dooley, provost of the University of Central Florida; Dr. Ann Ashley Gilbert of the Altamonte Women’s Center; Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, former international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Clemmie Perry, president of Women of Color Golf; Florida Rep. Geraldine Thompson; Dr. Paulette Walker, former national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and Dr. Riva Tims, founder and pastor of Majestic Life Ministries.

For a full list of honorees and more information, visit



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