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NABSW Mourns the Loss and Celebrates the Life of our Beloved Founder Joan Coleman

Friday, August 28, 2015   (9 Comments)
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Hotep Family,

It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the transition of our founder, Joan Coleman, which occurred on Saturday August 22, 2015.  May our dear Sister Angel Joan rest in peace. She has fought a good fight and held fast and furiously to the NABSW banner since the day it was destined to become.  Not once did she falter.  We can all take a page from her book on the meaning of commitment and dedication.  


Tuesday September 1, 2015 4:00pm-8:00pm                      

Sunset Lawn 4701 Marysville Blvd.                              

Sacramento CA 95838 


Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00am                              

Calvary Christian Center                                                            

2665 Del Passo Blvd. Sacramento CA 95815 

As we celebrate her life and grieve her transition, please keep the family and friends of our beloved Sis. Joan in your thoughts and prayers. 


J. Toni Oliver,


"They call to us, needing us to remember their deeds and acts as we stand taller on their shoulders..." ~Janae Moore


Roxanne Ellis-Denby says...
Posted Monday, August 31, 2015
On behalf of the Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers, our chapter sends our sympathy to the family of our Beloved, talented, educated, Queen Mother, Sister Joan Coleman. She is a legend, an Icon and she will be surely missed. Thank you Sister Joan for your legacy to this wonderful organization! You will be surely missed.
Dennis Corbin says...
Posted Monday, August 31, 2015
The Cape Fear/Fayetteville ABSW Chapter sends our condolences to the family of Ms. Joan Coleman. She will truly be missed. We thank her for all the good works and words of support and encouragement imparted over the years. Rest in Peace Sister Joan.
Essence Webb says...
Posted Sunday, August 30, 2015
On behalf of the Sacramento Chapter of ABSW, we will truly miss Mrs. Joan and all of her knowledge and guidance she provided us about our history, social justice, and history of NABSW. We thank her for being part of our Chapter and we pray for her family. We will be attending her services and will forever honor her legacy.... Rest in Peace
Melanie Bryant-Hearst says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Ms. Joan was a genius. As a young adult in NABSW, it was always my pleasure to listen to her talk...about anything! Her knowledge about politics, social justice, and racial disparities were so vast, and I was always fascinated by her understanding. Her ability to speak her truth, regardless of who listened, is a lesson to be learned. And when meetings were done, she always provided a great laugh. Bob (her purse, which was so big, it needed it's own identity) was filled with everything important...and during an SCM she pulled out a piece of paper and shared with me the secret to staying young! After she chastised me in love, she followed with up hugs and kisses! She will surely be missed! Her legacy will not be forgotten!
Emma McGraw-Myers says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Rest In Peace, our sister and friend!
O. Yvonette Powell says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
On behalf of the San Diego ABSW, I truly pray for the family in the transition of our sister.
Mike Guynn says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Cheikh Ahmadou Banba Mbacke says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
Hotep Family, The passing of our Sister Joan is a loss to all of us who she embraced and used to anchor herself in this world. I join others throughout the African-world community who feel and share the profound loss to her family, loved ones, and the collective loss to our people. May the joy she brought and the good she left last forever. May her loved ones be blessed with consolation, courage and peace. It is written in the Husia, the sacred text of our Ancestors, that “to do that which is of value is forever. A person called forth by his work does not die for his name is raised and remembered because of it”. And so it is and will be with our Sister warrior who would not, could not, and did not sit down while the struggle continued.
Bill and Pat Merritt says...
Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
NABSW family: Bill and I are so saddened to hear the news of the passing of our sister Joan. We have fond memories of years of struggle within and outside of the organization. Joan was particularly supportive of Pat's battles around leadership in the organization. Her presence will be missed. Let us take comfort in knowing that our sister now rests peacefully in the arms of our ancestors. In sorrow and struggle, Pat and Bill Merritt

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