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Meet Shirley James

Shirley Barber James was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, the daughter of a school teacher and a mail porter. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Spelman College and went on to get a Master's degree in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Shirley is a retired licensed professional counselor and administrator at Savannah State University. She also became a publisher and editor of The Savannah Tribune, roles she continues to hold to this day. Shirley also has held many leadership roles in the community, such as serving as coordinator of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival and currently serving as Vice Chair of the Savannah Airport Commission for the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. Shirley and her husband live in Savannah. They have three children and six grandchildren. Shirley's video is sponsored by South State Bank and Georgia Power.

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Make a donation in Shirley's honor

We hope you are as inspired by Shirley James as we are and would consider making a donation to the Telfair Mammography Fund in her honor. The goal of the Mary Telfair Women's Hospital and the Mammography Fund is to ensure that all women have access to mammography, even if they have no insurance and cannot afford it. The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Telfair Mammography Fund to meet this goal since its inception over a decade ago. 

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Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry continues to dazzle with its latest donation to SmartWomen. For just $25, you can purchase a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful diamond ring courtesy of Harkleroad. This stunning ring is a 2 CTW baguette and round diamond band in 14K white gold with a diamond quality of G-H SI1-SI2. It's valued at $6,500. The drawing will take place Oct. 2, 2020.

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