Diamond Ministries celebrates Women’s History Month at New Beginnings Bible Church

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Adriane Brown with Diamond Ministries, Tammy Kinney with Rural Women in Action, Masonia Traylor, her daughter Marissa , Sande Bailey with Foundations for Living and Minister Tavis Taylor with Behind the Walls Ministry. Contributed photo
Diamond Ministries, an organization founded by Adriane Brown of Monroe, celebrated Women’s History Month with a brunch at New Beginnings Bible Church this past Saturday.
Monroe resident Adriane Brown with Tiana Ferrell ( Ida B Wells Barnett – Great Great Granddaughter) Contributed photo

“It was great. We honored Ida B Wells Barnett, a newspaper editor, writer, women’s suffrage movement supporter and one of the original founders of the NAACP.  Her great great granddaughter Tiana Ferrell was our guest speaker,” Brown said. “Tiana is the Publisher of Atlanta Free Speech. She recently completed a play titled The Ladies Car about her Great Great grandmother, Ida B Wells Barnett, who refused to give up her seat on the Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern RailRoad in 1884.  She was removed from the train and later sued the railroad and won a $500.00 settlement.”

Brown said another guest speaker, Masonia Traylor, was awarded the Diamond of the year award by Diamond Ministries.

“Masonia is HIV positive and has been for the last seven years she was recently featured in Time Magazine,” Brown said. “Masonia contracted HIV while in a committed relationship. Two weeks after her diagnosis she found out she was pregnant.” Click or tap on this link for the feature on Masonia Traylor in Time Magazine.
Brown, through employment as well as her work with Diamond Ministries, has been an advocate against domestic violence and has worked to educate the local community in an effort to combat the spread of AIDS. Brown has herself been a guest speaker at state events focusing on the prevention of domestic violence.

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