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Fayetteville Woman's Club Accepts Candidate Rejected in January

Posted March 26, 2007
Updated March 27, 2007

— The Fayetteville Woman's Club announced Monday that it had accepted the membership application of its first black member -- a woman who was rejected in January.

Cassandra McMillion, a former history teacher, had been voted down.

Several members resigned to protest the vote, and some donors threatened to withhold their financial support.

Mary Anne Peeples, the president of the Woman's Club, said at the time that the decision had nothing to do with McMillion's skin color.

"I really think that some of the members were voting against the way she was brought into the club because of this power struggle," Peeples said.

The power struggle was fueled by the woman who sponsored McMillion, club officials said.

Local women determined to protect Fayetteville's Market House formed the Woman's Club a century ago, but the civic group never had a black member.

Peeples said the Woman's Club does have minority members, including Hispanics and a woman from India.


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  • Greekgirl Apr 3, 2007

    BUGS GIRL...don't worry so much what other people say and do.I can tell you have no individuality from your name..."bugs" yeh we get it.can't you be your own person?...no..My kids are grown and I run a business sitting right here,How's that for the liking.OH...Maid bring me another sweet tea plz.

  • mslisac363 Mar 30, 2007

    My daddy has been a member of the Masonic lodge for fifty years and is a black man and his brothers of the lodge are black and white memebers. There wives have nothing the do with their meetings. The women have their on group, but both do decline people no matter what your race is or what you think your status is. These people consider themselves to be brothers and sisters and only want people that meet their standards.

  • superman Mar 29, 2007

    I hope she will be happy in a group that does not want her. She will really enjoy being there -- She will be the silent minority. No one will want to have anything to do with her. Sounds like a real trouble maker to me. I surely would not enjoy being at a place where I was not wanted.

  • North Carolina Native Mar 28, 2007

    oh i guess i shoulda commented on the story too... kudos

  • North Carolina Native Mar 28, 2007

    what woman in their right mind would want to join a masonic lodge where all the men sit around celebrating the fact that their wives finally let them out of the house! lol

  • Its Just What I Do Mar 27, 2007

    greekgirl- by the way, it is obvious "what you do" by your intelligent comments.:)

  • Its Just What I Do Mar 27, 2007

    yeah, i AM posting too, only difference is I know what's going on with the story in order to comment on it. like i said, you should have read the entire article from the start, so that you would know as well what actually occurred.

  • nowon_yuno Mar 27, 2007

    Squeaky wheel gets the grease!

  • Just Once Mar 27, 2007

    Greekgirl, The local Masonic will be happy to let you in. It is called The Order of the Eastern Star. Just ask!

  • Greekgirl Mar 27, 2007

    BUGS GIRL..What's it to you what I do,aren't you posting also?