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The Girl Friends, Incorporated


February 11, 2004

In 2004, the Chicago Chapter of The Girl Friends, Incorporated celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Members reflected on the friendship and support that the group has offered them through the years and shared their favorite memories. Many members enjoyed both their sisterhood and the family aspect of the organization, as husbands, daughters and granddaughters also joined or supported in other ways.

Founded during the Harlem Renaissance in 1927, The Girl Friends, Incorporated is one of the oldest social/civic organizations of African American women in the United States, with forty-five chapters across the country, and over fourteen hundred members.

This video tribute features the voices of Virginia Lewis, Evelyn Spencer, and Kay Wimp and video footage of Jean Collins, Jetta Jones, Eunice LeCesne, Dorothy Runner, and Ruth "Teena" Williams. Greta Pope Wimp and the Greta Pope Orchestra perform the "Girlfriends' Hymn" as background music.


The Girl FriendsĀ®, Incorporated is one of the oldest and most highly respected social organizations of African American women in the United States. It was founded in 1927 in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance. A small group of young women who were close friends wanted to stay in touch as they went away to college and entered adulthood. Ninety years later, in 2017, the organization has grown to encompass over 1800 women in 47 chapters from coast to coast.


Girl Friends
Dorothy Runner at Gala
The Girl Friends Barbecue
Yolande Cheatham and Dorothy Dennis
Earl Gillespie and Yolande Cheatham