Deltas to present a century of sisterhood


The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter and Delta Eta Undergraduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will present the scholarship program for the arts entitled, “Delta Presents: The Last 100 Years”, at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church, 900 N. University Drive.

Dramatic recitations, poetry, singing, dancing, and many more forms of interpretive expressions, will take attendees on a ride through a century of sisterhood to present day.

The cost of admission is free and the public is invited.

Founded at a time when black women were assaulted by both sexism and racism, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., became a beacon of hope, promoting academic excellence, public service and sisterhood. In Pine Bluff, many know the Deltas as organizers of programs that encourage education, mentorship, health and wellness, and the arts. The mission of the Arts and Letters Committee of Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter and Delta Eta Undergraduate Chapter is directly aligned with that of the National Commission on Arts and Letters.

Established in 1973 by National President Lillian Benbow, the ultimate goal of the National Commission on Arts and Letters has been to “boldly advance the Black experience through Arts & Letters and to ferret out the contributions of African Americans of the past and lift them to public attention.”

The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter will also host its annual Mother/Daughter Tea from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 912 E. Harding.

There will be a $5 donation accepted. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Playground Dreams in an African Village. The Tea will be hosted by the Delta Academy Delta GEMS program.

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is designed to prepare young women for life as successful African women. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century. A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy, Delta GEMS was created to catch the dreams of African American adolescent girls aged 14-18. A primary goal of the Delta GEMS is to provide tools to assist girls with goal-setting and planning for their futures now and beyond.