© 2020 by Janice Ferebee, MSW

FEREBEE   FAMILY ARCHIVES

Janice Ferebee is a native New Yorker now living in Washington, DC.  Janice writes about the amazing women in her family to keep the FEREBEE FAMILY legacy alive.  She is the daughter of Elliot (95-years old and still going strong) and Elizabeth (deceased*member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority since 1943) Ferebee, one of the first African American couples to move into the Incorporated Village of Westbury (Long Island), NY, in 1957.

 

She is also the great niece of Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee - Second National President of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) and personal physician of NCNW founder, Mary McLeod Bethune; Fourth National VP of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Tenth International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and past President of the Xi Omega Chapter of AKA in Washington, DC.; Former Chair of the DC Commission on the Status of Women (precursor to the DC Commission for Women); DC Physician, Educator, Civil Rights Activist, International Humanitarian, and, Women, Children and Youth Advocate.  

Her first project focuses on her aunt, Dr. Ferebee.  In spite of “life” happening to Dorothy Boulding Ferebee (as it does to us all), she created an impressive body of work as a champion for women and girls of color, which became part of Janice's inspiration. Not only did Janice become a Sorority and club woman, but, her global efforts align with her aunt's extraordinary work.  It is this amazing woman’s fortitude and vision that Janice writes about to make sure her aunt's legacy is not lost, and, to inspire today’s women and girls of color to start imagining and living their own legacies, and, to #LiveLifeOutLoud! 

Published on Aug 27, 2013* WITNIFY

March On Washington*50 Years

Janice Ferebee, 7 years old in 1963, talks about her memories of the March from that time. She talks about her father, Elliot Ferebee, a proud 1199 union member, and his impressions of the March.