FROM STAFF REPORTS
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.
The 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.