Minority Coalition Awards

Brenda & Bill at Black History Breakfast

On February 20th, The Minority Coalition of Cass County honored fifty women as leaders in Cass County at their annual Black History Breakfast. Brenda serves on the board of the Minority Coalition, which planned and put on the event. As a local author, Brenda was recognized at the breakfast for leadership, along with many other inspiring women in Cass County. Brenda's husband, Bill, provided the music for the event on the trombone, accompanying the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing", often called the "Black National Anthem."


Brenda Introduces Black History Month Speaker

Black History Breakfast

Brenda introduced the featured speaker at the recent Black History Month Breakfast, held February 19 at the Cass County Council on Aging in Cassopolis, Michigan.


Reviews and Recommendations

"I ... came away from this workshop with a renewed, greater, deeper, and more tactile understanding of the struggle for justice."

Bob Dockhorn

Friends General Conference Workshop, Iowa, July 2011

  "At a time, in the 1950s and 1960s, when moral truth was on the side of the racial justice but governments were equivocating, the techniques of nonviolent resistance were powerful means for bringing forth change and redressing injustice. Charles Walker, Brenda Beadenkopf’s father, was a skillful practitioner and teacher of these methods in the 1960s and for decades afterwards."


About Brenda

BIO — Brenda Walker Beadenkopf 

    Writer, speaker, author: A Quaker Behind the Dream— a biography of her father, a pacifist Quaker and expert in nonviolence, who worked in the Civil Rights Movement  helping with nonviolence training and writing training materials.
    Former editor of the Berrien County Record located in Buchanan, Michigan, Beadenkopf is published in national magazines: Friends Journal,10/1/2010, Friends Journal 6/1/2003, Guideposts 7/2012, Highground magazine.
    A board member of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County, she has been