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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Mourns Celebrated Sculptor and Printmaker, Soror Elizabeth Catlett BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS Dof social activist, sculptor pursued a Master of Fine Arts ating after graduating cum laudefrom Howard in 1935. She laterelta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. mourns the loss and printmaker, Soror Elizabeth the University of Iowa, with a fo- Catlett. Soror Catlett used ab- cus on stone carvings. stract sculptures to give voice to Soror Catlett’s intent to use the African-American experience her art to foster social change was and shed light on social injustices considered unconventional for the in America. Considered one of the 1930s and 1940s. The subject mat- most infl ter for her sculptures focused on uential African-American artists of the 20th century, Soror American South and African-Amer- Catlett died of natural causes on ican history—including lynchings April 2 in her home in Cuernavaca, and beatings— and was the antith- Mexico. She was 96. esis of Eurocentric preferences in “The members of Delta Sigma art circles. Theta are deeply saddened by the Soror Catlett is best known for loss of our dear soror, Elizabeth Elizabeth Catlett her works depicting the history Catlett,” said Cynthia M. A. But- and strength of black women. One ler-McIntyre, National President of Soror Catlett was born on April of her early sculptures, “Mother Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 15, 1915, in Washington, D.C. She and Child” (1939), won fi rst prize “Soror Catlett’s array of mas- was the youngest of three children in sculpture at the American Ne- terpieces expressed the resilience born to Mary Carson, a truant offi gro Exposition in Chicago. The - of a people plagued by segrega- cer, and John, a teacher, who died sculpture, “Legacy,” was a limited tion, racism and a never-ending before she was born. edition piece, commissioned by struggle for human and civil rights. Soror Catlett was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta during the ad- Her life’s work has been and will Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on ministration of Dr. Bertha M. Rod- continue to be a much needed cat- May 15, 1933 through the Alpha dey, 20th National President, to alyst for social consciousness and Chapter at Howard University in honor women in government, pol- advocacy.” Washington, D.C. She began teach- CONTINUED ON PAGE 108 Alumnae Chapter, Soror Wilson was ministrator and mentor she was com- Education director. an active and dedicated member who mitted to helping students develop In the Quitman community, Soror served three terms as chapter presi- their maximum potential. Wilson was involved in Brooks Coun- dent and chaired many committees. Soror Wilson was a faithful and ty Family Connection; Arts Ink, Inc.; She attended Tuskegee Institute dedicated member of Bethel AME Brooks County Retired Educators As- and received a bachelor’s degree in Church. Through the years her sociation as president and secretary; health and physical education. At church activities included steward and the Boys and Girls Club board of Springfi eld, trustee, Christian education direc- directors. eld College in Springfi Mass., she received a master’s degree tor, assistant church secretary, class Soror Wilson had a special love in health and physical education and leader, Gospel Choir president, Sara for her family, church, community later completed a specialist degree Allen Women Missionary Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. in administration from Valdosta State Senior Choir, Finance Committee, Those who were fortunate to know University in Valdosta, Ga. Bethel Inspiration Praise/Worship and love her will cherish her legacy Her 42-year teaching career be- organizer, Bethel Community Devel- of loving memories. ▲ gan in the Brooks County School opment Center director and Thom- System. As an excellent teacher, ad- asville-Bainbridge District Christian 107 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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