Dr. Diane White-Clayton to Discuss: Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause


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Dr. Diane White-Clayton

Dr. Diane White-Clayton will speak about “Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause,” on Thursday, Sep. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Berea College Accent of Christian Faith Lecture in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

This lecture, sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will discuss the common depiction of Jesus as frail and tender-hearted, as well as the uncommon depiction of Jesus as a rebellious, defiant trouble-maker who never allowed rules to dictate his path. Berea College, whose rebellious beginnings directly defied societal norms of the time, challenges new rebels who, through faith and determination, will change the world.

White-Clayton, a native of Washington, D.C., holds master and doctoral degrees in music composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with emphases in composition, voice and piano. White-Clayton began performing at age of 4 in the Baptist church where her father pastored. She began conducting choirs by age 9. She travels as a vocalist, pianist, composer, conductor, workshop clinician and speaker throughout the United States and abroad.

White-Clayton has held positions at universities and churches across the country, including as artistic director for the Washington Performing Arts Society gospel choral program; artist-in-residence with the School of Music and assistant director of African-American Student Development at Appalachian State University; choral conductor and pianist at the New Christ Memorial Church under the legendary Pastor Andraé Crouch;  and currently asdDirector of choral music at Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles, Calif., where she founded the acclaimed Sacred Praise Chorale.

White-Clayton, affectionately known as “Dr. Dee” is an inspirational speaker and author, who combines genuineness, eloquence and faith. She has produced recordings, published compositions and released a self-published book, Journey to the Altar. White-Clayton is founder and CEO of BYTHAX, a publishing and production company with a resident ensemble of uniquely talented performers. She teaches as a vocal clinician for Disney Performing Arts in Anaheim, Calif., and resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband and best friend, accomplished R&B percussionist, Joe Clayton.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.