Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s Conference set for March 27-28

The eighth annual Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s Conference is slated for March 27 and 28 on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University.

The theme this year is “Her Legacy…Our Calling,” said Dr. Claudette McFadden, chairperson for the 2017 conference.

The conference will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27 with a free showing of the film “Hidden Figures” in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 698 W. International Speedway Boulevard.

Besides the film, there will be a panel discussion. Among the panelists will be members of the University’s Board of Trustees, including Dr. Lucille O’Neal, Dr. La-Doris McClaney, Dr. Michelle Carter-Scott, and trustee Joyce Odongo.

McFadden said organizers hope to attract upward of 1,000 women for the night.  She said guests are asked to wear white.

Jones to speak
The conference continues Tuesday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Michael and Libby Johnson Center for Civic Engagement with a series of sessions.

Topics will include “Social Justice: Fired Up. Ready to Go,” and “It’s All About Us: Research by Women. Research About Women.”  Attendees are asked to dress in black.

One of the highlights of the Tuesday program will be a special luncheon.  Educator and author Davina Jones is the invited keynote speaker for “Women & the Power of Now Luncheon.”

Jones, who holds a doctoral degree in communication studies from Bowling Green State University, is director of Adler University’s Media and Communications master’s degree program and pastor of Mountain Top International (MTI) Empowerment in Tampa.
She also is a 1994 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University.

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