Gwendolyn Dailey, founder of Dome of Hope, was the keynote speaker and one of the honorees at the Stockton Women’s Collaborative’s seventh annual Black History Month Program and Luncheon honoring African-American women making a difference in the community at the Hilton Stockton.
Dailey spoke about the challenges of dropping out of high school, being raped at age 19 and becoming a single mother, giving up a job with the county to care for her mother for 11 years, then returning to school and earning a degree at age 50.
Dailey went to San Joaquin Delta College and University of the Pacific, where she earned an undergraduate and master’s degree.
The mission of Dome of Hope is to help people through Education, Technology, Trade and Arts, or ETTA, a tribute to her mother, Etta Mae Ford.
Also honored at Saturday’s event were Shani Richards, Linda Patrick and LeCresia Hawkins.