The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will present 27 of Pine Bluff’s outstanding and distinguished young men during its 26th annual Red and White Delta Distinguished Gentlemen’s Banquet. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
The theme for this year’s banquet is “Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence.”
Monte Coleman, head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will be the keynote speaker. Coleman became the 19th head coach in UAPB history on Nov. 19, 2007, and immediately began to return the Golden Lion football program to the upper echelon of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Over the past several months, the young men participating in this year’s event have been involved in various activities that were strategically planned and held in preparation for their debut. All activities are designed to strengthen the gentlemen’s moral, cultural and spiritual value and to nurture their desire to continue to strive for academic excellence. Activities have included the EMBODI Workshop, participating in Salvation Army bell ringing, attending Handel’s “Messiah”, church fellowship with Full Counsel, dinner with escorts, parents and members of Delta Sigma Theta and informational sessions presented by members of Alpha Phi Alpha Graduate Chapter.
The young gentleman raising the highest amount of money is recognized as the “Gentleman of the Year.” During the presentation, each gentleman receives a plaque and awards are given for first runner-up, second runner-up, highest grade point average, Academic Excellence Achievers and “Mr. Together.”
The chairs for this year’s event are Dora Sanders and Linda Richardson.
Charlene Kelley is the president of the Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.