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Center YWCA, later named for Soror Hemmings. Soror Hemmings’ ties to this fa-cility pre-dates it being named in her honor as it served as one of the pro-duction sites for her three major na-tionally recognized films: “Go Down Death: The Story of Jesus and the Devil,” “Marching On,” and “The Girl In Room 20.” All three films have been featured in Turner Classic Movies be-cause of their impact on early Afri-can- American filmology that helped usher in more current theatrical achievements of African-Americans in film. The Heritage and Archives Committee spearheaded the project to secure this Historic Recognition in honor of our Founder. s The Tri-County Maryland Alum-nae Chapter launched its Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. Chartered in 2011, the Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chapter, which serves Cal-vert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Southern Maryland, launched its academy in January 2012. The pro-gram highlights included a field trip to the Walter Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC where the girls attended the USA Science & En-gineering Festival on April 28, 2012. The mission of the three-day festival was to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States. The girls viewed and participated in exhibits presented by Johns Hopkins University that focused on nuclear astrophysics. Participants were able to experience exciting performances of professional cheerleaders from various sports teams from across the country who also have a passion for science. Many of the cheerleaders were doctors, dentists, and science majors. The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Acad-emy participants continued to cel-ebrate s80 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. their community on Nov. 17, 2012 with a service project titled “The Joy of Serving Oth-ers.” The 12 partici-pants were joined by eight Delta women of TCMDAC and their guidance counselor at Morn-ingside House of St. Charles, located in Waldorf, MD. The participants helped with differ-ent activities, such as reading to the elderly using chapter and picture books. They also helped serve cof-fee and pastries for breakfast. The residents of the nursing home were very appreciative of the participants spending time with them. s The Tyler Alumnae celebrated Del-ta Sigma Theta’s centennial by featur-ing “Through the Lens of Curtis Hum-phrey: A Pictorial History” and the presentation of the Distinguish Artist Award. The chapter presented a com-memorative photo collage to the city as part of its Arts and Letters Annual Celebration. The permanently placed collage was unveiled at the W.L. Glass Recreation Center. “Curtis Humphrey was without question the most important photog-rapher for Blacks living in the East Texas area from the 1950’s to the early 1990’s. His raw and inimitable working style emerged as the most reliable photographer to call on to capture the precious memories that are now pictorial treasures,” said So-ror Pamela Erwin, committee chair-person. Humphrey produced thousands of photos in his small framed studio “near the railroad tracks” in North Tyler, a predominantly African-Amer-ican area. He has been recognized throughout the state and nation, in-cluding an article in Texas Monthly, for his work. Prior to integration, Humphrey was the main photogra-pher for so many public and private institutions, community organiza-tions, churches, businesses and pri-vate individuals. Also recognized, was long-time art-ist and educator, Soror Ollie Craw-ford, who received the chapter’s Dis-tinguished Art-ist Award for her career in art and education. Craw-ford mentored nu-merous students, including artist James Camp, who created and pre- Members of San Antonio Alumnae Chapter and Soror Mae Francis Rowlett, Southwest regional director, (PICTURED 3RD FROM LEFT) at the historical marker for Founder Myra Davis Hemmings. Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chapter members with initial participants of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Presidential Academy during the USA Science and Engineering Festival.


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