The Black Door Society hosted a “Community of Excellence Awards” luncheon on June 17 to honor and recognize women and their accomplishments. Photos: Jeff Suggs Photography

First Lady of Maryland, Dawn Moore, was honored with a “History Maker” award at a “Community of Excellence Awards” luncheon held in mid-June at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. The event was coordinated by Sharrarne Morton, the founder of the Black Door Society.

The luncheon was also a celebration for women who have pushed the “glass ceiling” in their respective careers. Ms. Moore, the wife of Governor Wes Moore, calls herself an “advocate for women and children.”  She has held positions in the highest levels of state government while remaining a community advocate and supporting local, Black and women-owned businesses.

Sherrarne Morton, founder of the Black Door Society

Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad, an author, Student National Fundraising Director of the Nation of Islam, and longtime aide to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, attended the event. She told The Final Call that it was empowering to see Black women come together for the June 17 luncheon honoring Ms. Moore.

“Seeing all that made me feel very proud,” Sis. Claudette said. She also said she was proud of Mrs. Moore. “She is such a distinguished Black woman, being the first lady of the state of Maryland. I extended the greetings on behalf of the sisterhood of Mosque No. 4 and the Nation of Islam, and we were all as Black women very proud of her,” she continued.


Sharrarne Morton founded the Black Door Society in 2021 as an opportunity for Black women to “share opportunities, increase their wealth, and create a trusted professional and social network.”

“I started Black Door Society in 2021, and we are all about sharing high-net-worth opportunities to Black women,” Ms. Morton told The Final Call. “We wanted to honor her (Mrs. Moore) and extended an invitation. We were so grateful that she agreed, her and six other leaders in the community.”

Ms. Morton said that she was very pleased with the turnout of the luncheon. “I was just overwhelmed with joy,” she continued.

“We sold tickets and we sold out! We had great food, great networking. And we’re looking forward to doing it again next year.” For more information on the Black Door Society, visit