Belafonte Biesemeyer to be keynote speaker at state women’s Democratic event

CHARLESTON (WVDN) — Women Democrats, elected officials and guests will celebrate the 58th annual meeting of the West Virginia Federation of Women Democrats Inc. Sept. 30-October 30. 2 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston.

Among the highlights of the three-day, in-person event will be the presence of Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer, the eldest child of singer, actor, political and social activist Harry Belafonte and educator and early childhood development advocate childhood Frances Marguerite Byrd-Belafonte-Mazique .

“Mrs. Belafonte Biesemeyer graciously accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at our banquet and additionally to attend the entire event,” said Anna Gillespie, President of the National Federation. honored to have his presence and I know that our members will be delighted with his support of our organization.”

Belafonte Biesemeyer has resided in West Virginia since the mid-1960s. She is a retired licensed professional counselor and former president of the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Counseling.

She also designed and directed the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Center for International Medicine and Cultural Concerns, which focused on medical students undergoing medical training in developing countries around the world.

Since retiring, Belafonte Biesemeyer has rediscovered one of her many talents in designing and selling unique art clothing while focusing on the Anir Foundation, which she and her daughter Rachael Blue founded in 1997.

The Anir Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating North Americans about non-European cultures.

Belafonte Biesemeyer will address members and guests at the annual banquet at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

To register for this event, contact a local county club president. Follow this event for any changes at

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