It is with the deepest sadness that we share the loss of our beloved sister, friend, and co-worker, Deborah Thomas. Deborah passed away on October 6th after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Through it all, she continued to bring unwavering light, love, and encouragement to all of us at SRBWI and to everyone she touched. Samantha Gomez writes, "Mrs. Deborah is definitely already being missed. She was the center jewel of the Young Women's Leadership Institute...She always has been. I wish I could have hugged her just one more time." Her warmth, integrity, and dedication to the many social justice causes and organizations she gave her all - will forever live among us as a source of inspiration, strength, and love. We extend our deepest sympathies to her sons and extended family. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time of remembrance and celebration of Deborah's beautiful life.

The Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Social and Economic Justice (SRBWI) promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers experienced by southern rural black women.