Meet The Women On The Frontlines

Recognizing Black Women Who Make A Difference In The World



WHEREAS, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter (NCBW-MAC) advocates on behalf of black women and girls along with taking pride in recognizing black women and their many contributions to civil society; and


WHEREAS, Black women advocate on the frontline in various areas to include civil service, public policy and social policy in service to humanity; and


WHEREAS, Black women work on the frontline to protect, serve, and share their skills to support the communities in optimal capacities; and

WHEREAS, Black women on the frontline are public servants who identify as nurses, doctors, first responders, health advocates and other health professionals during the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and


WHEREAS, Black women as health professionals are providing a wide range of human and healthcare services during a time of traumatic stressors and challenging  events resulting from the ills of the Coronavirus,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter recognizes women on the frontline by:

  • Identifying black women on the frontline, 
  • Recognizing black women who protect and serve in the critical care areas in the community, 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter recognizes women on the frontline by:

  • Creating a public relations platform to recognize and award the frontline services  provided by black women in the community, and 
  • Requesting a resolution to honor these women at the Georgia State Capitol on behalf of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter recognizes and celebrates community awareness for the appreciation of black women who serve on the frontline.

Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD is a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is currently creating a vaccine for COVID-19. She is in the company of specialists like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. John Mascola, Dr. Barney Graham and Dr. Francis Collins, the scientist who led the human genome project and director of the NIH. Dr. Corbett sat next to Dr. Graham when President Donald Trump visited the NIH for an update on the vaccine.

Dr. Corbett leads a team of scientists starting the first stage of trials for a corona virus vaccine. She began this work back in March 2020, when only 122 people tested positive for COVID. Dr. Collins describes Dr. Corbett as a “wonderfully talented young scientist in our midst” and she happens to be one of the first and only black women creating a vaccine.

Kimberly Manning, MD joined the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine in 2001 after completing residency in combined training Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and currently has an academic appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. 

Dr. Manning authors a blog that was named in 2010 by 'O' The Oprah Magazine as one of “four top medical blogs you should read.” She is additionally a regular blog contributor to the esteemed American College of Physicians (ACP) Hospitalist website, and for their monthly companion publication. Manning has been a weekly medical commentator on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta since 2004, serves as an expert for WebMD’s pediatric web site and is a frequent guest on network TV including CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Weekend Headline News and The Dr. Oz show.

Nicole Franks, MD is a Board Certified Emergency Physician practicing at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). Dr. Franks graduated from Spelman College in 1995, where she continues to be an active alumnae supporter and a mentor in the Health Careers Program.  She attended Morehouse School of Medicine graduating in 1999. Dr. Franks completed her residency in emergency medicine (EM) at Emory and served as Chief Resident from 2001-02. Since residency, she has been on faculty at Emory where she is an Associate Professor responsible for patient care in the Emergency Department as well as clinical teaching of residents and medical students.  She also serves as the Co-Director for the Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellowship which has been established to train future physician leaders in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Franks has served as the Associate Medical Director for the Emergency Department at EUHM and is now the Chief Quality Officer for the hospital where her responsibilities include physician leadership, risk management, patient safety, quality reporting and process improvement. In this role, Dr. Franks leads and coaches multidisciplinary teams using various methods of process improvement (Lean/Six Sigma, Model of Improvement, TeamSTEPPS) to drive performance and enhance team work. Dr. Franks is an active mentor to junior faculty, residents, medical students and various graduate students completing training experiences at her hospital.

Joyce R. Drayton, MD is an infectious disease specialist in Atlanta, Georgia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. She completed specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of contagious diseases. Dr. Drayton identifies whether an infection is caused by bacteria, a virus, a fungus or a parasite often through blood tests and then determines what is the best course of treatment. She has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Drayton went to Howard University College of Medicine. She then completed residency training at Wayne State University at the Henry Ford Hospital. She then went on to complete her fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Miami in the Jackson Memorial Hospital. 

Kenyatta Stephens, PhD is a highly skilled, independent & published Infectious Disease
Epidemiologist with several years of advanced training and professional experience in diverse
public health fields including disease surveillance, bioterrorism preparedness, HIV/AIDS and epidemic/outbreak work and management. For several years, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist (Molecular Biologist/Geneticist) at Emory University School of Medicine where her research areas included neurodegenerative disorders, breast cancer, and cervical cancer as they relate to mitochondrial mutations. Her current research interests surround the resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases, future epidemiological trends and potential outbreak trends, and data science technologies. Dr. Stephens is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Health for graduate level programs in public health, epidemiology, and global health. Areas of expertise: Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases; Global Health; Biostatistics; Research
Methods & Evaluation; Community Based Participatory Research.

Dawn Beatrice Griffin, PhD is currently a program manager in the National Center for Health Marketing located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her primary research focuses on the health information seeking behavior of minorities. Dawn’s research has led to presentations at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and the National Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition, Dawn co-leads the management team for the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media. Dawn received her Bachelor in Science degree from Spelman College, her Master’s of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College and her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Health Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Veketa H. Smith, PA-C, MMSc, MPH, is a practicing Physician Assistant at Emory University Hospital – Department of Medicine on Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia.  Smith graduated from Howard University in 2005 with undergraduate degree in Biology.  In 2011 she graduated from Emory University with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant (MMSc-PA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual Degree. Smith specializes in Infectious Diseases at Emory University Hospital and has been practicing at Emory for nine years.

Karla Booker, MD is a practicing OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist) in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Booker graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1989 and has been in practice for 30 years. She completed a residency at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Booker also specializes in Family Medicine. She currently practices at Strickland Family Medical Center and is affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center. 

Carisa Hines Moore, MD is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine in 1995. She has more than 25 years of diverse experiences, especially in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Moore is a native of Norfolk, VA, and was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools system. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, she attended The University of Virginia, graduating with a BA degree in Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry. She then attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. After medical school, Dr. Moore completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Moore currently resides in Atlanta with her husband William and their daughter Spencer. She enjoys travel, and edits the blog, The Chronicles of Dr. Peaches & Miss Pickles, which focuses on travel with children. Additionally, she enjoys baking, crafting, and running, and has completed 9 half marathons.  

Candace Hawk, a Health Activist, and Entrepreneur, founded Spreading the Health in 2016. Hawk founded Spreading the Health with the intent to enlighten and educate people not only regarding health by juicing but that in knowing that everything is one. What you consume can very well affect every aspect of our life- mind, body, and soul. Spreading The Health has afforded Hawk many opportunities to have life changing health and wellness conversations with others. Hawk has worked diligently to maintain a balanced health and fitness lifestyle. When she is not juicing and educating others regarding the benefits of consuming health conscience foods, she is volunteering her time at countless schools and public speaking engagements. She also makes time to give back to the community via clothes and food giveaways. Candace Hawk is an all-around health and wellness activist.

Lula Joe Williams is the Vice President of SCLC's Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. She remains faithful to the cause of Freedom, Justice and Equality for All. Mrs. Williams grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and became active in the Civil Rights Movement at an early age. 

In the First Baptist Church in 1961 when the Freedom Riders came to Montgomery, she remembers how the policemen threw tear gas into the church, in an effort to get them to leave. She and church members stayed there until around 4:00 AM the next morning. They had to be escorted out by the federal troops. Montgomery had be put under martial law and the federal troops had been ordered to get them home safely. In 1964 the SCLC sent  Rev. James Bevel, Rev. James Orange, Anne and Erick Kindberg, Dan and Jaunita Harold and others, to the young people ready to fight for the civil rights movement. Mrs Williams and others were on fire for freedom. Their goal was to integrate the schools, sit-in at lunch counters, not be intimidate getting as many black people registered as possible. She knew that a change had to come to Montgomery and was ready to make the change.