Mid-Southerners Remember Tina Birchett

Mid-Southerners Remember Tina Birchett

Mid-Southerners are remembering Tina Birchett, the trailblazing pioneer who died this weekend after a long battle with breast cancer.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Mid-Southerners are remembering Tina Birchett, the trailblazing pioneer who died this weekend after a long battle with breast cancer.

Birchett founded "Sisterhood Showcase". She also owned "Grace" magazine.

Just this past June, Tina Birchett's Sisterhood Showcase celebrated 18 years. The annual event, held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, not only gives women a chance to network, it provides them with an opportunity to empower themselves.

Kim Heathcott, president of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Owned Businesses, said with Tina Birchett's death, the city lost a great one.

"It's a true loss for women and the business community," Heathcott said.

Birchett was not only the founder of the highly successful sisterhood showcase and the publisher of Grace Magazine, she also helped start the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Owned Businesses.

"She could have taken her success and did her own thing but she chose to sit with other women of all races and say what can we do to build this community," Heathcott said.

The Sisterhood Showcase and Grace Magazine are both geared toward African-American women. But Heathcott said Ms. Birchett was concerned with the well-being of all people.

"She was very inclusive and I think that's an inspiration for business owners in the community," Heathcott said.
"She was instrumental in mentoring and coming alongside others and blazing a trail especially in the African-American community," Heathcott said.

Fred Jones, founder of the Southern Heritage Classic, said Birchett was a woman of action. And the success of her endeavors reflected that.
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