A Black Greek Letter Organization celebrates 50 years

WOMEN WHO PAVED THE WAY DECADES AGO. KATANI? THE NATIONAL SORORITY–DELTA SIGMA THETA–WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 1913 BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL 1974 THAT A CHAPTER WAS CREATED HERE AT THE U OF A áánat popáá “Oo-oop” 50 YEARS AGO–15 WOMEN CREATED A SPACE FOR OTHER BLACK WOMEN IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY TELL ME THIS WASN’T AN EASY FEAT Renee Johnson Spring 1985 Member “I can’t even imagine them being here at that time and having to deal with some of the issues and challenges of what it was like to be black at the University of Arkansas.” Dr. Harriett Richard Charter Advisor “we decided to start the first chapter of the Divine Nine Delta Sigma Theta here on the campus.” <> Wilhelmenia Christine Hinton-Lee Charter Member “No other fraternities or sororities we were first.” THE LAMBDA THETA CHAPTER OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INC WAS CHARTED ON MARCH 23RD 1974. Ojiugo Otuechere Current Chapter Member “being the first one on this campaign for the sorority, it just really means a lot.” MEMBERS PAST áánat popáá “Spring 85” “1974” AND PRESENT áánat popáá “Spring 23” “I’m spring 23” GATHERED TODAY FOR THE 50TH CELEBRATION “some of us who were on in here in 1974 are seeing each other for the first time in 50 years. Now that that’s a blessing.” <> “almost brings you to tears to see what you, you know, you were starting the chapter, but you didn’t realize how it would grow and the impact it would have on the institution.” CURRENT MEMBERS SAY THIS MOMENT IS SOMETHING THEY’VE BEEN WAITING FOR “meeting them, I got a little starstruck, honestly, because it’s like they were the first people here to actually pave the way” Ryan Gibson Current Member ” It’s actually so inspiring. And again, it’s such an honor to meet the women, you know, who really started this history. And without them, there would be no 50th. And without them, we really wouldn’t be any me.” 50 YEARS OF SERVICE “we do service around the campus for the black community.” SCHOLARSHIP “you have to find young ladies who would qualify in terms of GPA and that kind of thing.” AND SISTERHOOD HERE AT U OF A áánat biteáá Jasmine Block Spring 2014 Member “Lambda Theta is Home” “Lamda Theta Nothing greater” THE CHAPTER IS CONTINUING THEIR CELEBRATION THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND WITH A BANQUET THIS EVENING

Black Greek Letter Organization celebrates 50 years

The Lambda Theta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was the first Divine Nine organization chartered on the University of Arkansas campus. The Lambda Theta chapter was charted on March 23, 1974. Fifteen women created a space for other Black women in their community and they say this wasn’t an easy feat.“No other fraternities or sororities we were first,” said Wilhelmenia Christine Hinton-Lee, one of the members who helped charter this chapter. “I can’t even imagine them being here at that time and having to deal with some of the issues and challenges of what it was like to be black at the University of Arkansas,” said Renee Johnson, a member from 1985.Generations of members traveled from all over to get back to where it all started. “Some of us who were on in here in 1974 are seeing each other for the first time in 50 years. Now that that’s a blessing,” Hinton-Lee said.“Almost brings you to tears to see what you, you know, you were starting the chapter, but you didn’t realize how it would grow and the impact it would have on the institution,” said Dr. Harriett Richard, one of the chartering advisors.Fifty years of service, scholarship, sisterhood, and social action. Current members say this is something they’ve been waiting for.“ It’s actually so inspiring, and again, it’s such an honor to meet the women, you know, who really started this history, and without them, there would be no 50th. And without them, we really wouldn’t be any me,” said Ryan Gibson, a current chapter member.

The Lambda Theta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was the first Divine Nine organization chartered on the University of Arkansas campus. The Lambda Theta chapter was charted on March 23, 1974. Fifteen women created a space for other Black women in their community and they say this wasn’t an easy feat.

“No other fraternities or sororities we were first,” said Wilhelmenia Christine Hinton-Lee, one of the members who helped charter this chapter.

“I can’t even imagine them being here at that time and having to deal with some of the issues and challenges of what it was like to be black at the University of Arkansas,” said Renee Johnson, a member from 1985.

Generations of members traveled from all over to get back to where it all started.

“Some of us who were on in here in 1974 are seeing each other for the first time in 50 years. Now that that’s a blessing,” Hinton-Lee said.

“Almost brings you to tears to see what you, you know, you were starting the chapter, but you didn’t realize how it would grow and the impact it would have on the institution,” said Dr. Harriett Richard, one of the chartering advisors.

Fifty years of service, scholarship, sisterhood, and social action. Current members say this is something they’ve been waiting for.

“ It’s actually so inspiring, and again, it’s such an honor to meet the women, you know, who really started this history, and without them, there would be no 50th. And without them, we really wouldn’t be any me,” said Ryan Gibson, a current chapter member.

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