This year’s Journal Women of Achievement are women whose lives are living testimony to the strength and survival skills of African American people. They are examples who have made a science out of making a way out of no way. They are the pioneers on whose shoulders we all stand. They are pioneers whose lives are inspirational examples of succeeding, often against the odds. The 2012 WOA honorees are from the generation that, in some cases, can trace their roots back to slavery. Some were born in cities with all of the apparent trappings of comfort, but the remnants of slavery and discrimination were ever present. Some were born in the rural south where the remnants of slavery were clearly visible and ever present. Their parents were share croppers, tenant farmers, teachers preachers and survivors, all who passed their survival skills on to their beautiful and talented daughters of the struggle over 80 years ago. They are all alike in many ways but each is unique in her own way. They were featured at a breakfast held in their honor. They included Mrs. Mack (Delano) Robinson, Dr. Allie Louise Almore-Randle, Ms. Versie Mae Richardson, Ms. Juanita DeVaughn, Dr. Mae Cowan, Ms. Regenia Moses, Ms. Mildred Hawkins and Ms. Mildred Lewis. Also pictured are Dr. Pamela Short-Powell, WOA Breakfast Program Mistress of Ceremonies, and WOA Program sponsor, Journal Publisher Ruthie Hopkins.