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6 inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame 

By: - October 22, 2020 8:55 am

Glenda Price, Martha Teichner and Najah Bazzy | Michigan Women Forward photo

Michigan Women Forward (MWF) inducted six women into the Women’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Oct.15 in Lansing. They are:

Atlas Ruth Westbrook | Michigan Women Forward photo

  • Najah Bazzy, founder and CEO of Zaman International, a nonprofit that supports impoverished women and children of all backgrounds in the Detroit area. 
  • Glenda Price, former Detroit Public Schools Foundation president, Detroit Public Schools reform board member, and Marygrove College president. 
  • Martha Teichner, Traverse City-born “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent since 1993.
  • Dorothy Zehnder, a restaurateur who has helped to operate the family-run Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth. 

In the historical category, the Women’s Hall of Fame recognized political activist and UAW labor leader Elizabeth Jackson and Michigan public schools educator and Apollo 11 pioneer Atlas Ruth Westbrook, one of the “Human Math Computers” depicted in the movie “Hidden Figures.” Jackson died in March at 102. Westbrook died in 2017 at 76. 

Together, the six women join 333 other Hall of Fame inductees since its inception 37 years ago.

“Today’s strong women can learn so much by studying the paths of those who came before us,” said Carolyn Cassin, MWF president and CEO. “These amazing honorees have conquered so many obstacles and accomplished so much throughout their lives. We are proud to salute them and want to be sure their stories are told.”

MWF was founded in 1986. Its mission is to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for women and girls. Established in 1983, the Women’s Hall of Fame is located in downtown Lansing and is open for tours noon to 4:30 p.m.,Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by scheduling an appointment

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.