The 15th annual Bethel Baptist International Church (BBIC) Keenager’s Ministry Pretty Hat Tea luncheon was held over the weekend giving homage to haberdashery and sisterhood. The celebrated marriage between black women and their hats is one historic in nature and still garners major attention.
The event showcases the sassiness of seniors modeling different hats, whether handmade or store bought. Members are treated to a catered luncheon and a parade of hats.
The Keenager’s Ministry is open to women over the age of 53. As an ongoing ministry of the church, they hold monthly meetings with featured speakers. The group also engages in monthly luncheons, cultural trips and other events throughout the year.
“The name ‘Keenagers’ is because we as elders have an enhanced keen sense of sight, mind, body and soul. When you mix ‘keen’ and ‘agers’ then you have elders who still act like teenagers, yet have more wisdom and knowledge to bestow to the future generation,” said member Flora Parker. ” We have fun and are excited to be seniors.”
Shown seated l-r are Keenager’s Ministry members Juanita James, Dot Kelly, Velma Rounsville, Gerre Walker, Debbie Steffins, Laura Dunwoody, Jeanette Bentley, Connie Neal, Jackie Cruse, Tamar Britton, Mary Mitchell, Jeanette Lowe, Frances Baker and Karen Woodson. Seated (L-R) is Vivian Hill, Gladys Sampson, Dorothy M. Sweet, Flora Parker, Juanita Wyatt, Margaret Dyson and Wilma Lahae.