May 16, 2014
Earlier this year, the Clinton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented its Arts & Letters Program at Butler Avenue Elementary School. This was a program to highlight talent from Sampson County as well as surrounding counties.
Each year, the Clinton Alumnae Chapter presents a program designed to bring various types of talent to Sampson. This is always free to the residents and most of the artists donate their time as well as their talents, organizers said.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a public service organization started on Howard University in 1913 by 22 undergraduate female students who wanted to improve the lives of the people in their community. This young organization was built on Christian principles and revolved around five fundamental thrust: education, physical and mental health, international awareness, political awareness and economic awareness. These 22 women on one campus developed into 300,000 members in over 1,000 chapters world wide. The group just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The Clinton chapter, through the Arts & Letters program, continues to bring quality talent to the community, such as Robert Hall, a renowned artist who demonstrated some of his pencil sketches and spoke of his inspirations for his work; Camille Monroe, a senior at the Sampson Early College, who sang “like a songbird”; Blessed by God, a family of youth, ages 12-17, who sang and testified about the goodness of the Lord; William Rich, who through the use of various drums and the spoken word gave the audience a history less; Alexander Armwood, a 4-year-old praise danger; and Twirlers for Christ from Baldwin Branch Church in Elizabethtown who praised God in dance and flag twirling.
A different type of program? Maybe. But organizers said the applause and standing ovations signaled that it was perceived as educational, thought-provoking and entertaining. The Clinton Alumane Chapter of DST will strive, organizers said, to continue to bring these type programs to and for Sampson County.