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

tour guide for the Underground Railroad Festival in Vandalia the last four years and a hostess for the first “Christmas at the Bonine House,” a Victorian Quaker home and Underground Railroad station in Southwest Michigan purchased three years ago by the URSCC for a community building and education center.
    A Quaker historian, she has researched the history of her Quaker church, Penn Friends, of the Quakers in the area such as James E. Bonine, and her own Quaker ancestors, the Walkers of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Beadenkopf is additionally a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends through Concord Friends Meeting, where she grew up near Philadelphia.

    Brenda serves on the board of the Minority Coalition of Cass County, formed to improve race relations in the county.
    Mother of nine children with 16 grandchildren, she lives in Niles, Michigan with her husband, William.