Recipients of the: Legacy Award in Music Education
Some use their gifts to bless, Benita uses her gift to build! For more than 20 years she has been igniting an infectious passion for the act of worship and its leadership among pastors, worship leaders, church musicians and congregations.
Edwards attended Alabama State University from 1986 to 1990, where, before graduating, she founded a campus choir called "The Voices of Praise. The group, born out of an invitation by dormitory director Ms. Queen Green to assemble a small ensemble for an Abercrombie Hall Black History Program, immediately flourished as a source of support, fellowship and accountability for students. The group averaged approximately seventy-five students a semester and raised nearly $10,000 annually to support choir tours. For many students, the choir was their first introduction to leadership roles that cultivated not only their musical ability, but organizational skills, integrity, accountability, and self-respect. During the past twenty years, Benita has combined her creative energy, passion for writing, management skills and networking abilities, with her music background as a pianist and choral music instructor, to create platforms for music development in churches, community organizations, and with clients. Benita has provided immeasurable opportunities for both children and adults to nurture their gifts, expand their appreciation for music, and explore new opportunities for vocal and instrumental development.
She uses her humor, transparency, openness, and passion around developing worshipers to strike a fire of energy and expectancy wherever she is. Her heart is for serving as a "connector" to people is evidenced by her ability to cross racial, denominational and generational barriers.
Today, Benita uses her experience to fuel her business BE Inspired. The company offers personal and professional team building sessions, strategic plans for branding and innovative approaches to increase exposure, as well as the development of values and support systems. Benita helps organizations and individuals expand their creativity, clarify their uniqueness and courageously live by their values. From topics that impact worship to the workplace – she will challenge you, provoke you, encourage and inspire you.
Upcoming and Recent Programs
The Annual Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series
In 1955, Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy helped organize the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and worked with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a key leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Named in memory of the noted ASU graduate and civil rights leader, this annual lecture series honors the legacy of well-known and little-known activists who contributed to the success of the modern civil rights movement. Sponsored in partnership with the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA).
Lift Every Voice:
A newsletter from The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University. Fall 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 1.
A Visual Interpretation of African-Americans’ Struggle for Recognition as Human Beings and First-Class Citizens
Commissioned by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University
- National Center Honors Alumnus for Outstanding Years of Service
- Remembering civil rights activist Medgar Evers
- New president brings sense of urgency to Morehouse
- Jeannie Graetz Literacy Program
- Inscription On Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To Be Removed
- King's Forgotten Manifesto
- Harlem churches see gospel tourist boom on Sundays
- A Plot of Land, a Path to Freedom
- Tourism tax, like all taxes, should have a sunset