The Tennessee Beautician's Association



Now, with chapters across the State, the Tennessee Beautician's Association, Inc. has made great strides since its founding in 1942. Conventions are held annually with emphasis on continuing education, professional development, and business growth.   

Activities during the year:

   Semi-Annual Board Meetings

   Spring Regional Educational Meeting



In October 1942, near the beginning of World War II, the Tennessee Negro Beauticians Association was formed at the Wiley Memorial Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This organization grew out of the colored Tennessee Cosmetologist, Incorporated, and organized October 10, 1940 by Mrs. Jerry Shepherd in Memphis, Tennessee. When the now extinct organization notified the Chattanooga Local (entertaining chapter for 1942), the meeting had been canceled for invalid reasons, the Chattanooga chapter unanimously sanctioned the idea of going ahead with the convention. The industry needed an organization in both peace and war.

Mrs. Lillian Robinson, the president of the Chattanooga Local, extended and invitation to Mme. Marjorie Stewart Joyner, national supervisor of Madame C.J. Walker Colleges, Chicago, ill. (The president of national /Beauty Culturist League of America), to come to Chattanooga to organize the group, which she accepted. Beauticians throughout the entire state were invited to this meeting. Mrs. Libbie D. Strong was elected president; Mrs. L. May White became corresponding secretary, and Mrs. Lillian became treasure.  On October 8, 1943 Mrs. Libbie Strange, along with Mrs. Eva Bowman, Mrs. Glady Norris, Miss Helen Bridgeforth, Mrs. L. May White, Mrs. Elease Peaks and Mrs. Alura G. Stamms secured a charter of incorporation from the State of Tennessee Beauticians Association, Inc. Succeeding the first president, was Mrs. Gladys Norris, under whose administration the charter from the National Beauty Culture League of America was secured.

Under the administration the first clinical workshop was set up with Mrs. Ruby Rowell as general chairman. The teachers were Mrs. Lillian Robinson, Mrs. Lillian Wright, Mrs. Libbie Strange, Mrs. Ruby Rowell, Mrs. G.M. Young and Mrs. Mattie Taylor. Additional chapters were organized and Regional Directors were appointed. Following the second president was Mrs. Alura Stamms, under whose administration new departments were instituted. Mrs. Lillian Robinson was appointed dean of the clinic. The Miss Tennessee State Beautician Contest was Mrs. Stammís brain child. The Artist Bureau and a Final Committee was set up. The school ownersí division was set up. Each member was pledged to become a qualified voter.

The first winner of the Miss Tennessee State Beautician Contest was Miss Jessie Johnson and the first winner of the Artist Bureau Contest was Mrs. Mattie Brantly. Diplomas were awarded to each member who attended two sessions of the clinic. The presidentís Board was organized and Mrs. Parthenia Bell was elected the first president. Two new chapters were organized. Mrs. Lillian D. Robinson was elected fourth president of the organization. Under her administration, three regional sessions have been organized and held. The first regional director to hold a meeting Mrs. Parthenia Bell in Ripley, TN.  Other regional directors Mrs. Ruth Griffin and Mrs. T.B. Boyd, held sessions. A state budget has been set up. Mrs. Robinson initiated the movement which terminated in a workshop of cosmetology at A. & I. State University on the college level. A Legal advisor was elected named, Attorney Z. A. Looby. $1,200 was raised for polio throughout the state. National Beauty Culture Week was celebrated with Mme. G.M. Young originator and chairman of the state. A gift booth had been set up at the convention for many ways and means by Mrs. Parthenia Bell. The ten point program for the Presidentís Board was instituted.

Mrs. Robinson introduced the plan for an annual Hairstyle Revue, the proceeds from which made up a scholarship fund for some deserving beautician from Tennessee to further her studies; the Jobberís Beauty Fair; allowed the jobbers a chance to make contact with all persons interested in their wares. Other persons who have served as demonstrators and clinic instructors have been Mrs. Lillian Robinson, Mrs. Mary Ella Patterson, Little Rock; Mrs. Lydia Adams, Chicago, ILL; Mrs. Hattie Childress, Nashville; and Mrs. Eleanor Shelton, Chattanooga.


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