13th Annual Women's Empowerment Luncheon with actress Lynn Whitfield

13th Annual Women's Empowerment Luncheon with Lynn Whitfield

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A sea of more than 1,000 women enjoyed a powerful speech from Emmy Award winning actress Lynn Whitfield at the 13th annual Women's Empowerment Luncheon.

Columbus Resident Tamika Phillips said Whitfield touched her life.

"I felt empowered all over. She made me proud to be a woman, proud to be a black woman, proud to be amongst other empowered," Phillips said.

Phillips has attended all 13 luncheons, even bringing her daughter and niece this year so they could be around other positive women in the community.

During her speech Whitfield talked about her failures, successes, women's equality and how great women in history have pushed her to be great.

"We have to treat ourselves well and look at our own personal struggles, clearing the way for our personal purpose. Fueling our passion by what God deposited into us moves us into defining our image," Whitfield said.

A group of young girls from the South Girard School in Phenix City worked hard hosting multiple fundraiser's so they could participate.

"She gave me encouragement and she made me feel confidence about myself. I was inspired by her words because she told us don't let people bring you down, just believe in yourself. She really made me feel confident about myself," they told us.

Whitfield ended her speech with words from great women in history.

"I love the fact that she ended with words from Ruby Dee and Nikki Giovanni, and how she went with the expressions," Phillips said.

Whitfield said she was honored to play the role as Josephine Baker, which she won an Emmy for. She said it was the most creative experiences of her life.

She even hinted to a sequel for the movie "A Thin Line between Love and Hate."

Pastor Charles Jenkins closed out the show singing his gospel hit, "My God is Awesome."

The event was put on by our media partner Davis Broadcasting at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

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