Festival celebrates accomplishments of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Children were given the opportunity to learn about the legacy of Dr. Bethune while having fun during a “Learn and Grow” art workshop.

Children were given the opportunity to learn about the legacy of Dr. Bethune while having fun during a “Learn and Grow” art workshop.

The inaugural Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival was held April 6-13. The seven-day celebration of educational and cultural events featured national and local speakers, educators, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople.

140417_dt_front03bThe purpose of the festival was to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University and the National Council of Negro Women.

The event was organized by Bethune’s granddaughter, Dr. Evelyn Bethune, who said she wants to see it grow into one of the largest festivals in the southeast region.
During the celebration, an awards gala was held to present the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival Bridge Builders Award. Recipients were Donna Gray-Banks, Arts & Culture; Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Civic Engagement; Mayor Derrick Henry, Economic Development; Dr. Edison O. Jackson, Education; Dr. John P. Johnson, Education; Dr. Charlie Salter, Philanthropy; and Dr. Michelle Carter-Scott, Faith.

Above: Past presidents of Bethune-Cookman University serve as the backdrop for the awards gala held Saturday.Bottom: The Bahamas Junkano Shakers based in Miami provided entertainment during the festival.(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Above: Past presidents of Bethune-Cookman University serve as the backdrop for the awards gala held Saturday.
Bottom: The Bahamas Junkano Shakers based in Miami provided entertainment during the festival.
(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

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