NAUW celebrates heart and soul during recent program


“A Celebration of Heart and Soul” was the theme for the Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women’s International/Black History Day and Health Initiative Program.

The program was held recently in the Adair-Greenhouse Auditorium — Home Economics Building at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Margaret Boyd-Owens was the mistress of ceremonies. The ladies of the Pine Bluff branch traded in their emerald attire for red in support of healthy heart awareness. The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Gentleman’s auxiliary, Males in Education, and the NAUW scholarship recipients were the host and hostesses of the event. Entertainment was provided by Legoria Payton (vocalist) and Edwin Lawson (saxophonist) of Little Rock, with Pine Bluff’s own Zachariah Butler rendering songs of inspiration.

The speaker for this occasion was Shirley Woodus, a 10-year survivor from congenital heart disease. Woodus talked about the factors that led to her serious medical condition, which resulted in her having a triple bypass heart surgery. She stated that being overweight, the lack of exercise, and stress contributed to her heart condition. Relaxation, healthy eating, exercising, drinking plenty of water and meditation has restored her heart health. Woodus, an accountant for the Food Services Department at UAPB, said lifestyle change is the key to good health. Certainly Woodus is an inspiration and an example for others to follow, a spokesman said.

Jeanette Wheat is the chairperson for the International/Black History Committee, with Dr. Christy Walker and Tonia Ailsworth serving as the chair and co-chairperson of the Health Initiative Committee. Other committee members are Juanita Anthony, Birlee Lever, Margaret Boyd-Owens, Dovie Burl, Joyce Vaughan, Florine McDonald and Trudy Redus.

Originally founded as the College Alumnae Club in 1910 by Mary Church Terrell, Sara Brown, Nancy Fairfax Brown, and Mary Cromwell in Washington, D.C., the National Association of University Women was established and incorporated in 1924. The Pine Bluff Branch of NAUW was founded in 1945 by Katie B. Pierre.

The purpose for the National Association of University Women is to promote a closer union fellowship among college and university women for constructive educational work; to raise educational standards in women; and to stimulate within college women a consciousness of their responsibility in aiding in the solution of pertinent local, state, and national problems.

Jewell Walker is president of the Pine Bluff Branch, Linda P. Armstrong is the South Central Section director and Dolores Y. Owens is the organization’s national president.