REFORM Inc. will host the Sister Friend Empowerment Expo April 6-7 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The featured guest will be national gospel recording artist Jekalyn Carr.


REFORM (Resiliency. Empowerment. Faith. OveRcoMer), a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is presenting the session for females 14 years old and up.


The event opens at noon Friday, April 6. A meet and greet with Jekalyn Carr will be from 5-7 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 7, the program begins at 9 a.m. The expo will also include health screenings.


Melrita M. Johnson, a licensed social worker, is founder and president of REFORM and lead organizer of the Sister Friend Empowerment Expo.


“(The expo) is intended to encourage, inspire, educate, promote health, and provide tools to young adults/women/parents/sisters to aid them in overcoming obstacles, continue to have faith in themselves, and reform into the young adults/women they have been created to be,” according to Johnson.


The keynote speaker will be Carr of Atlanta, Georgia. Carr is an independent artist and a Grammy nominated American urban contemporary gospel artist and musician, evangelist, and entrepreneur, according to a spokesman.


During the expo Saturday, April 7, the guests will include national motivational speaker Shun Strickland of Fayetteville; Faithful Chic Boutique owner Crystal Perkins of Atlanta; and Cleo Cooper of Conway.


Breakout sessions will feature Joyce Murry of Pine Bluff; Marshunda Thomas of Little Rock; Brenda Jacobs of Dumas; Kimberly Key-Bell of Little Rock; Angela AJ Braggs of Little Rock; April Wilder and Chief William Wilder of Dallas, Texas.


Until March 1, ticket prices are youth (ages 14-17 with ID) $15; adults single day pass $30; 2-day pass (with conference bag) $50; 2-day pass (reserved seating with conference bag) $75. VIP packages, including pre-show meet and greet with Jekalyn Carr, are $100.


Tickets are available via Event Brite and other locations. Corporate sponsorships are available until March 1. Details: Melrita Johnson, 870-872-3676, reformarkansas@yahoo.com or www.reformincarkansas.org.