JOURNAL Spring 2016 s79 shall, also recognized youth pro-gram participants: Kala Price (Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy), Kay-si Brown (Delta GEMS) and Brian Lee (E.M.B.O.D.I.). The pure nature and spirit of the event caught the attention of the Na-tional Heritage and Archives Commit-tee as it recognized Houston Alumnae at the 52nd National Convention July 2015 for its celebration of women. The Houston Alumnae Chapter was chartered in 1927 as the first Black Greek-letter organization with a chapter in the Houston area. The current chapter president is Chris-tine Criner Smith. s The Honorable Garland E. Pierce, a member of the North Carolina Gen-eral Assembly District 48, recently sponsored a decade of service honor-ing Lumberton Alumnae Chapter as one of 20 nonprofit organizations from Robeson, Scotland, Hoke and Richmond counties for outstanding community service. The event was held at the Hylands in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Recognition was giv-en for some of the Sorority’s most notable community service projects which included the following: Time for Giving Thanksgiving Dinners; Red Wagon Toy Express; Basket of Books to local grade schools, churches, and low income families; Supporting the Troops; Darfur Project; Sisters Net-work/ Breast Cancer Awareness Ac-tivities, Financial Fortitude Work-shops; and March of Dimes. s A packed house gathered to hear dis-cussions on various issues affecting their communities in Madison Coun-ty, as well as the state of Mississip-pi, during a recent Policy Symposium hosted by the Madison County (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in partner-ship with the Epsilon Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraterni-ty. The event took place at Priestly Chapel M.B. Church in Canton. The attendees listened as the moderated panel discussion explored topics such as: better schools-better jobs, common core standards, third grade literacy gate (House Bill 955), voter education, and access to af-fordable healthcare. Local experts served as panelists and answered questions regarding the issues. The panelists included: Charles Taylor (Better Schools Better Jobs); Derrick Johnson (NAACP); Kevin Gilbert (Na-tional Educators Association); and Ken Myricks (Affordable Insurance Solutions). Also in attendance was U.S. Rep-resentative Bennie Thompson (D-MS 2nd District). He reemphasized the comments of the panelists and how important it was for the public to be informed in order to make educated and wise decisions. s Sponsored by the Memphis Alum-nae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, the Collage of Black Spirits 2015, was held on February 27th at Hattiloo Theatre. The ultimate goal of the pro-gram is to boldly advance the contri-butions made by African Americans through Arts and Letters and to pub-licly spotlight great artists and ex-pose others to their work. Those planning the event were creative in their selection of a venue, aligned with the accomplishments of this year’s honoree, native Memphian, Katori Hall. Ms. Hall is an American playwright, journalist, and actress. Her plays have been produced in Memphis, Tennessee, New York City, the United Kingdom and Russia. The evening was full of excitement with a dynamic and inspiring opening by Dr. Cozette Garett creatively explored the significance of the arts to the world community. This was followed by a unique, interactive skit, created by Flo Roach, dramatizing the different mediums of the arts. Tributes were then made to Katori from the Hatti-loo Theatre cast of “Hoodoo Love,” a production that recently closed at Hattiloo after posting sold out perfor-mances. Katori was also serenaded by a trio from Central High School, per-forming the original song “I Dream,” which was written by Flo Roach. Hall seemed genuinely honored to receive the award as she shared personal stories about her profes-sional journey from a local school girl to an international playwright with productions featured in London and Moscow. In her acceptance remarks, she discussed the importance of fol-lowing your passion, aligning vision with action and staying focused on things that are most important. She was joined by her mother, father and brother, whom she thanked for their contributions to her success. North Carolina House of Representative District 48, Garland E. Pierce, presenting a plaque to Lumberton Alumnae Chapter Members for Outstanding Community Service.
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