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Mothers & Daughters: Crowns of Love, Joy and Power at WIT Brunch

Updated: Apr 28

Photos by Nystasha Kelly of Complexion Photography


The Third Annual WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch was a smashing success! On March 2, 2024, more than 500 women and girls excitedly filled the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in downtown Montgomery to celebrate the special bond between grandmothers, mothers and daughters; sisters; sorority sisters; spiritual sisters; mentors and mentees; and friends. All to raise funds to support the Women in Training, Inc.'s mission to end period poverty.

Graduating WIT Monarchs Gabrielle Johns, on the left, and Amiyah-Sarea Goshton, express surprise and happiness upon receiving roundtrip airline tickets from MGM Airport.

Under the leadership of WIT Chairwoman Alabama State Representative Rolanda M. Hollis, the Mother-Daughter Brunch featured an exciting lineup that included theatrical performances, a mother-daughter crowning ceremony, presentations of WIT Women of Excllence awards and presentations of the WIT Lifetime Achievement awards.

WIT Chairwoman Alabama State Representative Rolanda M. Hollis speaking at the Third Annual WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch in March 2024.

This video by Jaylin Robinson of Jayro Productions recaps the morning's festivities to celebrate Women's History Month!


One of the afternoon's highlights was the announcement of the 2024 WIT Woman of Excellence Aafifah Fola Muhebi. Joining Ms. Muhebi on stage to receive the honor were a number of dignitaries: Alabama State Representative Juandalynn Givan, Alabama State Representative Tashina Morris, Alabama State Representative and President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Laura Hall, Alabama State Representative Rolanda M. Hollis, CBS Saturday Morning Co-Host Michelle Miller, WIT Board Medical Director Dr. Celeste Reese-Willis, Probate Judge of Montgomery County J.C. Love, and WIT President and CEO Adeyela Bennett.

2024 WIT Woman of Excellence Aafifah Fola Muhebi, with the flowers, is surrounded on stage by dignitaries.

Enjoy this video about Ms. Muhebi:


Other Mother-Daughter Brunch highlights are on the programme below:


Welcome and Introductions by WIT Monarchs:


Announcement of the WIT Lifetime Achievement Awards to Ms. Helena Duncan, President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, and Ms. Martha Hawkins, Proprietor, Martha's Place restaurant

From left to right: Alabama State Representative Rolanda Hollis, WIT Lifetime Achievement Award winners Ms. Martha Hawkins and Ms. Helena Duncan, and WIT President and CEO Adeyela Bennett.

Presentation of WIT Women of Excellence Honorees. The Women of Excellence concept is the brainchild of Ariel Dixon, 2023 Miss Huntingdon College.

The Women of Excellence concept is the brainchild of Ariel Dixon, the 2023 Miss Huntingdon College.
The 2024 Honorees for the WIT Women of Excellence Award with State Rep. Rolanda Hollis.

The Passing of the Crown Ceremony, choreographed by Civil Rights icon Ms. Sheyann Webb-Christburg, between WIT Monarchs and Moms, and between mothers, mother figures and daughters in the audience. There was also a somber moment, written by Mother-Daughter Brunch Co-Chairwomen Aigner Kolom, Esq. and Doshie Holston Rankins, MSN, RN, for women and girls to pay tribute to women in their lives who are in the ancestral realm.

Ms. Sheyann Webb-Christburg choreographed a touching Crowning Ceremony for the WIT Monarchs and Moms.
Monarchs Celebriti & Kamdi Akwuba and Mom Dr. Miriam Diamond Akwuba.
Monarch Kaylana Bazile and Sister Ms. Veronica Brown.
Monarchs Breanna & Brooke Bennett and Mom Ms. Adeyela Bennett.
Monarchs Kacie & Ryleigh Caldwell with Mom Ms. Kimberly Caldwell.
Monarch Jada Walker with Mom Temetris Crosby.
Monarch Amiyah Sarea-Goshton and Mom Sylvia Goshton.
Monarch Emerie Hedgepeth and Mom Leah Hedgepeth.
Monarch Chassidy Hogan and Mom Danielle Hogan.
Monarch Gabrielle Johns and Mom Tania Johns.
Monarch Finn McKenny and Mom Courtney McKenny.
Monarch Jordyn Spooney and Mom Patricia Ray, EdD.
Monarch Savannah Williams and Grandmother Ms. Marjorie Bowden.

The WIT Monarchs, Moms and Mother Figures with our sweet Crown Bearer in front!

This year was the first time there was a full theatrical showcase of songs, dances, spoken word and visual art by the WIT Monarchs, thanks in huge measure to Monarch Mom Kimberly Caldwell, who literally worked countless hours behind the scenes to support the choreographer, select appropriate costumes, corrall Monarchs to attend hours and hours of rehearsal, purchase art supplies, and liaison between the Monarchs, the event committee and the WIT Board of Directors.

Ms. Kimbery Caldwell, with the tiara, is the Monarch Mom who managed the fabulous Monarch and Friends theatrical showcase at the WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch.

WIT Monarchs, who are middle and high school girls in the WIT Leadership Development Academy, sang, danced and performed spoken word poetry to the delight of the audience! The performances were choreographed by Alabama State University student Michaela "Mikki"McKenzie.


"Mother Passing the Crown to Daughter" by Jade Price.
"Flying Regency" by Finn McKenny.

Keynote addresses by CBS Saturday Morning Co-Host Michelle Miller and WIT Board Member and Medical Director Dr. Celeste Reese-Willis.

Dr. Celeste Reese-Willis
Ms. Michelle Miller

Breanna and Brooke Bennett, WIT Co-Founders spoke about their vision to end period poverty and help develop girls into compassionate global leaders who care about themselves and the world around them.

Brooke and Breanna Bennett

Breanna and Brooke also recognized Graduating Seniors Gabrielle Johns and Amiyah-Sarea Goshton, who have been in the WIT Leadership Development Academy since the twins created the group in 2021.


As a special surprise, Ms. Brittney Jones-Dabney of MGM Airport presented the graduating Monarchs with gift vouchers for travel anywhere in the United States.

Ms. Brittney Jones-Dabney of MGM Airport with Monarch Gabrielle Johns and Amiyah-Sarea Goshton.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who help us End Poverty. PERIOD!


Sponsor WSFA-12 News provided ample pre-and post-event coverage of the WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch:


State Rep. Rolanda Hollis thanked the keynote speakers and event chairwomen for their tremendous service.


State Rep. Rolanda Hollis, flanked by Breanna and Brooke, thank Ms. Aigner Kolom, Esq. and Ms. Doshie Holston Rankins, MSN, RN, for serving again as Chairwomen of the WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch.


Ms. Chantel Hartman accepted the award for serving as Co-Chairwoman of the WIT Women of Excellence Award. Miss Huntingdon 2023 Ariel Dixon was the other Co-Chairwoman.


Thank you to the entire WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch Steering Committee:


Some of the WIT Board of Directors with Michelle Miller:


Emcee Ms. Clarissa Kenty, and WIT Woman of Excellence announcer Valorie Lawson of WSFA-12 News:


Special thanks to Women of W.I.L.L. for their volunteer support as event hostesses.


Enjoy more event photos!

Dr. Nandini Ramroop, Chairwoman of the WIT International Day of the Girl, with her daughter.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the Third Annual WIT Mother-Daughter Brunch at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa.