About Bennett College
In 1873, Bennett College began in the basement of the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as St. Matthew’s Methodist Church). In 1874 the Freedmen’s Aid Society took over the school which remained under its auspices for 50 years.
Within five years of 1873, 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 Bennett to be the ideal place to foster the constant rhythm of ideas. Each student’s individual need for self-expression and desire for achievement is constantly nurtured. The College fosters a strong respect for every student. Today, 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. The College offers twenty-four areas of study in Education, the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and in Natural and Behavioral Sciences and Mathematics. Numerous opportunities to study at other higher education institutions at home and abroad are available to continue the educational enrichment of Bennett’s students.
The goals of the College 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 College. Known as Bennett Belles, they continue to be among contributing women of achievement in all walks of life.
Mission and Goal
Established in 1945, the Metropolitan Washington, DC Chapter of the Bennett College National Alumnae Association’s mission is to support its alma mater, Bennett College, by providing a vehicle for alumnae to engage in lifetime service through financial gifts, student recruitment and scholarships, fellowship events, and community volunteerism to the college and the local community. Additionally, the chapter initiates and supports programs which provide progressive development of opportunities to expand and enhance education for African-Americans, particularly women, and to improve participation in decision making for improved social policy.
Every year, the chapter sets a goal to raise over $100,000 by hosting events such as the White Breakfast, Jazz Brunch and Annual Fund Drive and, not only does it often exceed this goal, it is one of the top three chapters that lead alumnae giving. These funds are often used to assist in the financing and construction of new buildings on campus, to increase programs for students and, most important, the creation of student scholarships.
The Metropolitan Washington, DC Chapter seeks participation from all former students and graduates of Bennett College in the fulfillment of its mission and goals.
Executive Board 2011-2013
President - Brandy Osimokun ’00
Vice President - Terri Dove ’97
Recording Secretary - Teresa Lynn ’73
Corresponding Secretary - Kenya Gray ’99
Treasurer - Karen Wingfield ’73
Parliamentarian - Natalie Renee Stewart ‘01
Financial Secretary - Connie Clark’74
Past President - Asha Pinkney Weithers ‘97