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Club Essence

Founded in 1973, Club Essence is a grassroots organization that promotes unity, fellowship, and support among African American women. It awards scholarships to students of color through its fundraising efforts, and in the past, the group supported local students at sports camps and also provided functions for senior citizens.

In a 1999 interview with the Ithaca Journal, then club secretary Glenda R. Walker said, “I would describe Club Essence more as a family than an organization.” Financial support for Club Essence currently comes from its membership, but formerly the club had sponsored fundraising events such as an Ethnic Food Feast. Many of these events are commemorated in the History Center’s Club Essence Photograph Collection, available for viewing in the Research Library.

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