She is the consummate First Lady. A creative ministry leader, a gifted teacher, an accomplished association executive, a dedicated mother, a devoted grandmother, an exquisite hostess, and an approachable and attentive listener - each of these is our own Elizabeth Harrison Hicks.
"Lady Liz" was born in Selma, Alabama to the Reverend and Mrs. Roosevelt Harrison and received her early education in parochial and public schools in that city.
Following her honors graduation from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she married H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., and began her career as a teacher in the state of New York. Prior to coming to the nation's capital, she held teaching positions with the Houston Independent School District, the Caledonia-Mumford Central School District in New York, and Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Upon her arrival in Washington, DC she began to etch her own place in our hearts and make an indelible mark in this community. She has served as a Counselor with the OIC Washington Institute for Employment Training and a teacher in the Prince Georges County Public Schools. Active in both civic and church affairs, she has been Acting Director and President of the District of Columbia Lung Association and is a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Additionally, she has served as a community volunteer with the American Heart Association, held a leadership position with the National Council of Negro Women, and was Executive Director of the Metropolitan Delta Adult Literacy Council.
The Metropolitan Baptist Church Women's Ministry
Within the church she is an invaluable member of the Council of Elders, chairperson of the Leadership Team of the Women's Ministry, member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Day School and founder of F.A.M.E. (Fine Arts in Metropolitan and its Environment). Under her leadership, the Women's Day observances and the Annual Women's Summit have become major contributing forces within the church ministries.