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Women who live the dream are set to be celebrated 9 a.m. March 26, when Christene Yant’s Inaugural Virtual Women’s History Month Celebration will be presented by the Black Educators Caucus Inc. of Hernando County, Florida.

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The Dream Keepers set to be honored at this online event are banking professional Virginia Harris Cox, retired college-professor emeritus Dr. Lois Henton, PhD, Gwendolyn Lawson, retired telecommunications professional, licensed cosmetologist, hair stylist, nail technician, esthetician, and salon owner Crystal Harris-Dixon, and retired educator Bonatha Inmon.

“This celebration has been a long time coming,” said spokesman Imani D. Asukile. “We’ve been hosting this celebration in Dade City for 20 years, and we wanted to do the same for the women of Brooksville.”

All of those honored certainly qualify as women of distinction. Cox is a retired SunTrust Truist Bank professional, and was nominated by daughters Mashell and Emily Cox. Henton taught at Pasco-Hernando State College, and was nominated nephew Bryan Haygood. Lawson worked for Southern Bell (AT&T), and was nominated by Brittany Lawson, Candace and Marshall Harden. Harris-Dixon is the owner of Headquarters Styling Salon, and Little Wings of Prayer Early Learning Center and Christian Academy. She is nominated by James and Christene Yant. Inmon taught for the Hernando County School District and was nominated by IWIVES.

Asukile also honors Yant, who he calls a Brooksville dynamo; an area guidance counselor and BEC chairperson who he sees as a paragon of leadership.

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“This is a diversity of women, who exemplify service, leadership and character,” said Asukile. “The purpose of this event is to hear their stories and messages–to see how they overcame against all odds to succeed. In the face of sexism and racism, they did not give up.”

Inmon is humbled by her Dream Keepers honor.

“I just do what I do,” she said. “I do what I can to help people.”

This veteran educator hopes to inspire even more young people through her conference appearance.

“I want them to see that if you love yourself and others,” she said, “Life can be good.”

To attend Christene Yant’s Inaugural Virtual Women’s History Month Celebration, call 352-444-5414 for more information.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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