PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The African American Museum in Philadelphia held its first annual Shero Awards and High Tea on Sunday.

Dozens of women gathered at the museum in Old City to pay tribute to seven “sheroes.” A shero is a female hero, someone who has improved the quality of life of those around her and took on tough challenges despite obstacles.  Museum President Romona Riscoe Benson says the ceremony should be an inspiration to all women.

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“Even though we will face obstacles, there are opportunities to shine: as old women, as young women, professionally, personally, in the community.”

Trudy Haynes, who made history as the first African-American television reporter in Philadelphia was one of the honorees.

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“It’s very heartwarming to think that people do remember and consider what you have done important.”

Lorene Cary, founder of Art Sanctuary and recent appointee to the SRC Board (see related story), Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, founder of the House of Umoja and Dr. Constance Clayton, former Superintendent of Philadelphia School District, were also among the award recipients.

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060

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