More than 70 years ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., recognized the need to provide a medium through which high school young ladies could be exposed to a variety of cultural activities that would help them enter womanhood with a variety of social skills as they transitioned into adulthood.
In 1968, Delta Omega Omega Chapter responded to that need and researched the idea and decided to sponsor a Debutante Cotillion that would entail a process through which young ladies in this community, their parents and escorts would be treated to such cultural activities as a formal dinner; attendance at Handel’s “Messiah”, sponsored annually by the Vesper Choir at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; college preparatory workshops; and appropriate dress seminars. These events culminate in the Debutante Cotillion where the ladies are formally introduced to society.
The tradition continues, and this year the 45th annual Debutante Cotillion, with the theme, “Reflections of Beauty” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. At this event 25 outstanding young women of Pine Bluff and other cities will be formally introduced to society. They will be presented, with their personal accomplishments and aspirations noted, and they will perform a formal Cotillion dance.
The presentation will continue as debutantes waltz with their fathers or presenters. The daughter-father waltz will transition into a debutante-escort waltz which is the culminations of the formal presentation. The tri-chairs who are responsible for planning and implementing this year’s Cotillion are Damiccah Robertson, Shara Williams and Willette Totten.
Cynthia Bennett is the president of Delta Omega Omega Chapter.