CHIPLEY — The Les Jolie Dames Civic Club will sponsor a Gospel/Spiritual Workshop at 5:30 p.m. March 29 and at 9:15 a.m. on March 30 with a continental breakfast at Grant Tabernacle A.M.E. Church. The workshop will culminate with a concert on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The workshop and concert will be conducted by Constance Harris Poitier of Daytona Beach, formerly of Chipley.
Connie, as she is affectionately known is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Mable Parker. She is the niece of Mrs. Martha Boston and the Goddaughter of Mrs. Sallie Johnson.
Everyone is invited to participate and learn while having a grand time.
The church is located at 419 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Chipley.
Constance is a proud graduate of Chipley High School Class of 1973, she attended Bethune Cookman College (now university) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 1977. Her Master’s Degree in Music Education was awarded from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 1983. Constance received a Specialist Degree from Nova South Eastern University and her National Board Certification in Music Education within two weeks of each other.
Noted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Constance is proud to be deemed a hometown hero of Daytona Beach. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, to name a few. Currently, she is the director of the Ormond Beach Middle School Chorus, Bethune-Cookman University Community Choir, Crossroads Gospel Choir, Greater New Zion Primitive Baptist Church Men’s Choir, organizer of Gospel/Spiritual Music Workshops throughout the state, a frequent soloist and member of the Crossroads Baptist Church. She is also an associate trustee at Bethune-Cookman University and will graduate from Crossroads Bible Institute this spring.
On February 19, 2012, Constance was invited to be the premier soloist for the Jackie Hairston’s debut of her “Joie de Vevre” at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. The joy of her life is her family. She is the wife of Mr. James Poitier, Associate Director of Banda and Arranger for the Bethune-Cookman University Marching Band. A family of artists is her first contribution of America. Her daughter, Carla Du Pont Huger is a songwriter, author and part owner of Sugar Rush Bath Co. and mother of pride and joy grandson, Chase Alexander Huger. Connie’s son, Carl Franklin Du Pont, Jr., is an accomplished singer, artist, director and composer of music.