Stand With Bennett
January 13, 2019
To whom it may concern,
I am Brooke Ashley Kane, a graduating senior, Political Science major, hailing from Upper Marlboro, Maryland and I serve as the 39th Miss Bennett College for the 2018-2019 academic school year.
On December 11, 2018, Bennett College received the news that during the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that Bennett College will be removed from its SACSCOC membership. Our 18th President, Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, announced that we needed $5 million for an appeal. We are in need of the $5 million dollars because we may lose our accreditation, and the thought that the Land of Black Girl Magic – a safe haven for many girls who attend the institution – may close, puts great fear in our hearts and minds. As a result, Bennett began a social media campaign called “Stand with Bennett” to raise the necessary funds and promote awareness on a global scale to conserve our Oasis.
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In 1873, Bennett College was started in the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church, presently known as St. Matthews United Methodist Church, by seventy young men and women whose focus was on Elementary and Secondary level studies. By 1878, a group of emancipated slaves purchased the present site of the institution and in 1926, the Women’s Home Missionary Society as well as the Board of Education of the Church, decided to make Bennett College of Greensboro, North Carolina, a college formally for Women. For over 150 years, Bennett Belles have made a consistent impact within their community and the world. Even today, Bennett College is preparing young girls to be educated, productive, well informed citizens and most essentially, to become phenomenal women in their own right and on their own terms.
The bell is our beloved icon, the formal representation of our prestigious institution. Belles are compelling, and their profound ringing has brought communities together. As Bennett Belles, we hold ourselves to a higher standard, a code of morals and ethics and we ensure that our ringing voices are heard, not only for the sisterhood at Bennett but in the world that we expect to make a valuable difference in. Our Belle Creed teaches every Belle that strength, wisdom, and compassion are our gifts.
A Bennett Belle is a phenomenal woman and she is a leader shaped for the future.
We ask that Ebony Magazine and the Ebony HBCU Campus Queens Competition supports Bennett College and myself, and allow us to claim a place in the magazine while standing with Bennett. This grand opportunity could possibly grant donations to Bennett, generate more publicity and most importantly, bring the chance to sprinkle a little more magic for current and future Belles to come.
Always Historically Ringing,
Brooke A. Kane
The 39th Miss Bennett College