Sharian Denise Brown Battle Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree From West Coast Bible College & Seminary

Fort Worth, Texas – Tuesday, June 4, 2024 – Sharian Denise Brown Battle, visionary leader, and creator of April as International Black Women’s History Month and March as International Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Month, will be conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from West Coast Bible College & Seminary (WCBCS). This distinguished accolade will be formally bestowed upon her at a ceremonial event scheduled for December 2024, accommodating both in-person and online attendees.

Dr. Phillip S. Porter, President of WCBCS, expressed his enthusiasm: “Sha is truly a visionary with a passion and desire to acknowledge and elevate the awareness of the accomplishments of others, which will inspire and motivate future generations. It’s our privilege to welcome her into the esteemed West Coast family.”

Celebrating Black Women’s Contributions

In April 2016, Sha Battle founded the International Black Women’s History Month, recognizing the outstanding contributions of Black women to world history. She believed that Black History Month alone was insufficient to celebrate these remarkable achievements. Many contributions had gone unrecognized, and she was determined to change that.

Recognizing that March was Women’s History Month, Sha decided to create April as Black Women’s History Month. During this month, the contributions of Black women—from domestic engineering to medicine, politics, inventions, and entrepreneurship—are celebrated. Sha’s mission was to embrace achievements, build understanding, and raise awareness of the rich history of Black women and Minority Women who are the Descendants of Africa. Black Women’s History Month unifies communities by promoting visibility, education, empowerment, contribution, and achievement, positively impacting people across the globe.

Honoring Black Women in the Arts

Sha wanted something legendary for Black Women in the arts.  She had an interest in creating something historic that would uplift Black Women. That’s when Sha founded and created March as Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Month.  This year, 2024 will be the 10th award show for Black Women In Jazz & The Arts. 

Sha’s passion extended to uplifting Black women in the arts. She founded March as Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Month, which has become an annual celebration. In 2024, the 10th award show for Black Women In Jazz & The Arts will take place, honoring the creativity and talent of Black women artists. By establishing this special event, Sha has truly created something legendary and historic that will live for generations to come.

Sharian received a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council that Black Women’s History Month will be recognized by The City of Atlanta.

Sha Battle, a native Georgian who grew up in the Metro Atlanta Area, has had a distinguished career as an Information Technology Consultant specializing in JD Edwards. Over 30 years, she has worked with companies such as GE Computer Service, Raytheon Corporation, CH2M Hill, Coca Cola USA, Exxon, CTG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Corning, and many more.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sharian Denise Brown Battle on the well-deserved honor of receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

About West Coast Bible College and Seminary

West Coast Bible College and Seminary was founded with the mission to provide affordable Christian education. The institution offers programs such as the Diploma of General Ministries, Associate of Ministry, Bachelor of Ministry, and the Certification in Family Success. In partnership with Success Training Institute, West Coast also offers students the opportunity to earn soft skills certifications, gain access to virtual internship programs, earn additional funds for college, and more. As a leading provider of soft skills training, West Coast equips its students with valuable skills such as leadership, time management, focus, conflict resolution, and more. To learn more visit,