The PEARLS Foundation and the Chi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. are partnering this Women's History Month to honor Central Arkansas' most prominent women of color at Brown Girls Rock – VIP Honors.

The PEARLS Foundation and the Chi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. are partnering this Women’s History Month to honor Central Arkansas’ most prominent women of color at Brown Girls Rock – VIP Honors.

The premiere event is set for today at the historic Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock at 7 p.m., with a reception beginning at 6 p.m.

Among the eight to be recognized is special guest and Arkansas native ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Billingsley is an NAACP Image Award winner and a national bestselling author of 21 books including “Let the Church Say Amen, “Say Amen Again”, “Holy Rollers”, “The Devil is a Lie”, “Can I Get a Witness” and “Sinners and Saints”. Three of Billingsley’s books are being made into movies.

“Chi Eta Omega focuses on service to our community and building leadership skills among women,” said Phillis Nichols-Anderson, president of Chi Eta Omega. “Brown Girls Rock is our way of saying thank you to a group of amazing women who share our values and have made a real impact on our state.”

By combining entertainment, information and accolades, Chi Eta Omega hopes to raise awareness in the area about the need for more committed community servants.

The 2012 honorees are:

ReShonda Tate Billingsley — Special guest and Ivy Excellence honoree, NAACP Image Award winner and national bestselling author

Sherece West — CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Mary Louise Williams — Pulaski Quorum Court, community and political activist

Garbo Hearne — Owner of Hearne Fine Art and Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing

Tawanna Campbell — Singer and entertainer

Linda Watson — Former Little Rock School District superintendent

Maria Stancil, also known as Lupita Chavarria — Publisher, Enlace Latino Newspaper; executive director, Association of Women of Arkansas

Dr. Creshelle Nash — Medical consultant, Arkansas Minority Health Commission; assistant professor, UAMS

Undergraduate honorees from the University of Central Arkansas

Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.aka-chietaomega.org or e-mail ticket requests to pearlsfoundation@pearlsfoundation.org.

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