Celebrating the life of Dorothy Jefferson - Recording Secretary.

Sterling Tucker

It is with great sadness that The Young Women’s League, Inc. (YWL),  announces the passing of Dorothy Jefferson, Recording Secretary, on July 15, 2020.  Dorothy was a member of the League for 48 years and recently celebrated her 96th birthday. She joined the League in June 1972 sponsored by Rose L. Walker, now deceased. During her tenure in the League, Dorothy served in several elected offices in the role of President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary. Her appointed offices included Program Chair, Historian, and Committee Chair of various activities and Archivist. 

As Recording Secretary, Dorothy captured ALL meeting notes in shorthand (a lost art), recording every word, verbatim, of the meeting participants.  Dorothy held great prominence within the League, and was therefore sought out to provide guidance and the voice of reason and intention regarding YWL traditions, and past practices that outlined our mission and by-laws. Dorothy had a steadfast commitment to the YWL for almost 50-years. She was exceedingly proud of the organization, its community-based contributions and her personal commitment to always represent the League with integrity, grace, and a spiritual presence. Her willingness to serve was evident throughout her tenure.  Her interest in the development of our young people was always evident in her recommendations to the League regarding its monetary contributions.

Dorothy was honored with a Lifetime Service Award in 2016, for her many contributions to the Young Women’s League, Inc.  She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. In Lieu of flowers, Dorothy's family has requested that donations be made to The Young Women's League, Inc. in her memory.  A PayPal button has been placed below to facilitate their request.


The Young Women's League Celebrates the Life of Advisor Emeritus The Honorable Sterling Tucker.

Sterling Tucker

The Honorable Sterling Tucker, Advisor Emeritus to the Young Women's League, Inc. (YWL), which is a non-profit, served our organization for over 50 years as our advisor, mentor, and friend until his retirement in 2013. At that time, we appointed him Advisor Emeritus and continued to consult with him for his invaluable sense of wisdom and guidance.  We are profoundly saddened by his passing on July 14, 2019.

Sterling moved to the DC area in 1956 and spent his entire life in service to the Metropolitan DC community. It was his constant engagement in addressing the needs of this city and surrounding areas that aligned his purpose with ours and made the union of Tucker and the YWL a successful match for so many years. 

As our advisor Sterling served the League with The Honorable W. Henry Greene, Attorney Jessie Dedman, The Honorable Fred Durrah, The Honorable Judge John D. Fauntleroy, Kathryn Moses, The Honorable William S. Thompson, Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, and the Rev. I. Benni Singleton.

He, along with his peers, lead us in numerous community engagements such as the furnishing of a recreation room at Ft. Meade, facilitating holiday events for service members, providing equipment and furnishings to St. Ann’s Infant Home, the Howard University Hospital, the Children’s National Medical Center, the Whitman Walker Clinic, and Martha’s Table, to name a few of our various project over the years. He encouraged us to apply for membership to the NAACP, the National Urban League, to provide support to various relief funds to assist those in critical need due to natural disasters, and the implementation of our annual Young Women’s League scholarship fund, which awards monetary scholarships to graduating High School seniors in the Metropolitan DC area, in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

Sterling touched us, and he cared for us individually and collectively. He loved the League and instilled in us a purpose and drive to always care for others that will forever be his legacy entwined in ours. We love him and are so grateful that he gave so much of himself to the YWL.

In Remembrance of Advisor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Israel Benni Singleton

Rev. Dr. Israel Benni Singleton On March 11, 2018, one of our dearest Advisors, the Rev. Dr. Israel Benni Singleton, transitioned into the next chapter of an amazing life. A life well-lived and shared by so many, Benni, as he was called by the League, family and friends, served as an advisor from January 2007 until June 2015, when his resignation was reluctantly accepted. He rarely missed a meeting or event and during his tenure with us, provided guidance, wisdom, humor and a realistic lens through which to assess our commitment and service to the Metropolitan DC community. Benni always used sound judgment in providing guidance and possessed a wealth of experience which he willingly shared with each one of us. He was honored by the League at our 75th Anniversary Ball, held in November 2016, held at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland for his years of commitment and service to our organization. He always had a way to keep us on track and to provide a sense of clarity and vision, which was grounded by his own faith and service that was a life-long commitment.

Benni joins a legacy of past advisors who are a valued part of the Young Women’s League’s legacy. He served us well, with integrity and honor. Benni will be missed and we are grateful for his contributions and service.

We Remember Lucille Fleming Preston

Lucile Preston On March 26, our oldest Member, Lucile Preston, passed away after a brief illness. Lucille had been a member of the Young Women's League, Inc., for 63 years. She served as League President from 1972-1975, 1977-1979 and 2006- 2010, Treasurer from 2010 – 2015, and Vice President and Committee Chair of various activities throughout her tenure.

Lucille was inducted into The Young Women’s League, Inc, through the sponsorship of Helen Bell, now deceased, in 1954. As a steadfast supporter of the League’s scholarship efforts, Lucille actively engaged the League in this philanthropic activity which provides college funds to selected Washington, DC high school seniors. Additionally, she spearheaded community service projects, such as the dedication of a completely furnished patient room to Children’s Hospital in 1978, lead the pledge and execution of countless donations to area community resources such as the United Negro College Fund, a donation to the Howard University Cancer Research Center, participation in volunteer services at U.S.O. dinners, contributions to St. Ann’s Infant Home, the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Stoddard Baptist House Rehabilitation Center in Northwest DC and the donation of bulletproof vests to the Metropolitan Police Department in 2007, just to name a few noteworthy accomplishments. In November of 2016, Lucille was honored at the League’s 75th Anniversary celebration in recognition of and appreciation for her remarkable 60+ years of League service. At the time of her death, Lucille held the honorable distinctions of longevity and service within the Young Women’s League.

Lucille’s wisdom, guidance and historical knowledge of the Young Women’s League, Inc., were invaluable assets not only to the current President but to all officers and members. We are deeply saddened by Lucille’s passing and share this loss with her family and friends. Although we will sorely miss her in many ways, Lucille’s legacy will continue to be the voice of this historic organization for many years to come.

Current Members


Jennine Jackson

Paulette Bethel
Vice President

Keisha White
Recording Secretary / Historian

Cordelia Coleman
Corresponding Secretary

Deborah C. Bassard
Treasurer/Financial Secretary


*LaVerne Grant

Linda Gray

Joyce Greenfield

Cheryl Jordan

Marva Smith

Margaret Strother

Krysten Thomas

Keisha White



Allen Burriss

Joyce Pascal-Kilgore

Stanley Williams




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Founding Members

Founder, Doris Carter Mundy
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