A Sisterhood of Business and Professional Women

History

Founder Florence K. Williamson-Norman

A SCHOLAR - Florence K. Williamson-Norman taught at Fesseden School in Florida and also served as Dean of Students there. At the same time served as Secretary to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, President of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This group was the predecessor to the celebration of Black History Month, as it is currently known.

Throughout her life she applied herself to gain knowledge and practice of every component of business and administration. Early in professional life she showed a unique talent of observation and absorption of every component of business and administration field. As a result she was well versed in the knowledge and practice of this field. This interest was a priority throughout her life whether employed in government or membership in several Women’s Organizations.

Florence K. Williamson-Norman, born in Macon County, Kentucky, attended public schools in the area. She attained her higher education at Howard University, Jennifer Business Institute and the University of Hawaii.

A VISIONARY – During her early years she saw the plight of Kentucky Sharecroppers. This experience had a lasting impression on her so much so that she took it upon herself to assume responsibility for two girls of sharecropper families. This commitment was a part of her overriding concern throughout life about the plight of all black American women. This concern is reflected by the establishment of the Washington Business Institute (Washington, D.C.) for black girls. The national climate at the time was little interest and lack of support for educating blacks, especially girls. Concurrently, she founded the Flushing (Queens) Citizen’s Association where she lived at the time. This group reached families living in the neighborhood to work together to improve their lives.