• MillerCoors
  • BNSF
  • cash
  • Southside Bank
  • Pier 1
  • Bell
  • Chase
  • FW
  • Coca Cola
  • DFW
  • Tarrant County College
  • Oncor
  • LM
  • Harris
  • Wells Fargo
  • XTO

In Memory of Founding Member: Erma C. Johnson Hadley

Erma C. Johnson Hadley was one of the founding members of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, which was formed in 1979. Economic empowerment was one of the imperatives throughout her relationship and support of the Chamber. She offered the talents of Tarrant County College by supplying us with our first employee, Norma Roby; Jimmy Madison, former President of the Chamber; Ernest Thomas, former Chairman and two present Board members Jamal Williams and Andre McEwing. Mrs. Hadley strongly supported our Women's Division, often telling Gwen Barbee, "Go get the ladies and let's make it happen." She championed the Chamber's Film Institute and our young leadership program, Paths Forward, by placing several Tarrant County employees in all of the classes for the last seven years. Also, the classes are held on the TCCD campus due to Mrs. Hadley's influence. While serving on the Boards of organizations such as the North Texas Commission, DFW Airport and JPS Network, she was a champion for economic inclusion. She made sure that African Americans and other minorities got a piece of the economic pie. She showed her business acumen as a small business owner in our community and on a larger scale with business interests at the Texas Motor Speedway and concessions at DFW Airport. We mourn her passing and celebrate her life. To honor her legacy, a scholarship with the TCCD Foundation has been established in her name - The Erma C. Johnson Hadley Scholarship Fund. Giving to the scholarship keeps with her family's wishes to receive donations to this fund in lieu of flowers