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Bennett College Choir sings


Los Angeles, CA — Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Dr., will host the Bennett College Choir in its Spring Concert Tour on Sunday, March 1.  The concert will begin at 4 p.m., and refreshments will be served during intermission. Valerie Johnson is the director.

In 1873, Bennett began in the basement of the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church, now St. Matthew’s Methodist Church, with 70 young men and women in elementary and secondary level studies.  The Freedmen’s Aid Society took over the school in 1874, and remained under its auspices for 50 years.

Within five years of it’s beginning, a group of emancipated slaves purchased the present site for the school. College level courses and permanent facilities were added.  In 1926, the Women’s Home Missionary Society joined with the Board of Education of the church to make Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., formerly co-educational, a college for women.

For more than 128 years, women have found the college to be the ideal place to foster the constant rhythm of ideas. In the midst of a very active renaissance, Bennett is preparing contemporary women to be well-educated, productive professionals, informed, participating citizens and enlightened parents.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president, notes, “The goals of Bennett continue to focus on the intellectual, spiritual and cultural growth of young women who must be prepared for lifelong learning and leadership.  Since 1930, more than 5,000 women have graduated from Bennett, known as ‘Bennett Belles,’ they continue to be among contributing women of achievement in all walks of life.”

Dr. Hilly G. Hicks, Sr., pastor, invites the public to attend. Pre-sale tickets are $25; $30 at the door; and $15 for high school students with ID.  For information, call (323) 292-0141. All proceeds will benefit its Building Fund.