BY JAMES HARPER
Dr. Claudette McFadden will be the guest speaker at the “Fruit of the Spirit” Women’s Conference June 29-30 at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.
On Saturday, the conference begins at 9 a.m. continues Sunday during the regular worship service, which starts at 10:45 a.m.
“The conference is bringing together women from across the community of different faiths, different backgrounds to fellowship together and strategize on how to make our community better.,” said Dr. Evelyn Bethune a co-chair of the event along with Janice Wilson.
First ladies on program
Also participating in the conference on Saturday are Maureen Durham, first lady of Greater Friendship Baptist Church; Maria Long, first lady of Tubman-King Community Church; Constance Poitier; and Patricia Heard of Shiloh Baptist Church.
The Praise team of Allen Chapel AME and the women of New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church also will participate.
On Sunday, the service will feature gospel recording artist Julia Postell-Grant from Mt. Airy, N.C.
McFadden was born in Baltimore, Md. She graduated from Morgan State College where she also worked for the first 13 years of her professional career.
B-CU policy adviser
She would eventually relocate to Daytona Beach and work at Bethune-Cookman, becoming the chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre in 1990. She is currently senior policy adviser for B-CU President Edison Jackson.
McFadden is the owner of two businesses – Sincerely Yours, formed many years ago in Baltimore and, more recently, Shade Trees, a business that celebrates women and men who have served as parents and caregivers of children that are not biologically their own.
She is a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
The women’s conference is free and open to the public. Bethune said a goodwill offering will be taken, and lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling 386-253-5697.