Central Jersey Alumnae Hosts Its Annual Literary Cafe Featuring Delta Authors


Submitted by Tamu Lawhorne

The Arts and Letters Committee of the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted a virtual Literary Café on Oct. 31, 2020, featuring three Delta authors: Joi Fisher-Griffin, Anna Paige-DeSouza and Angelica Ford.  CJA Member Tonya Edmonds served as the moderator for the event. The authors captivated the 50 attendees as Edmonds facilitated an informal discussion with each about their books and the inspiration behind their writing.

Dr. Anna Paige-DeSouza, better known to CJA as Rosetta Wilson, spoke about her book titled “Reflections,” a journal and spiritual companion for people desiring a closer walk with God. She stressed the importance of taking notes and the need to process those notes. Her book is intended to be a tool to help people to think purposefully.  She gave tips on journaling and explained that the book is a series of weekly writings designed to help one retain thoughts and spoken words as well as process them to promote a closer relationship with God. She touched on how people often take notes in church and don’t process the words that are given during a sermon. Reflections gives church attendees the tools needed to help process those notes and use them in their daily living.

Angelica Ford, author of “My Travel Journey: The World Through My Eyes,” shared her motivation to write her book which was her extreme love for traveling. The book documents Ford’s many travels to various places throughout North, Central and South America. She has lived in seven countries including Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru and has visited 35 countries. The images in her book were captivating and allowed readers to live vicariously through her. She successfully captured the essence of each of the countries by photographing the people and the natural beauty of various locations. One attendee commented on how an image of a group of women looked like they could be her own family members. When asked about the cuisine of the many places she visited, she said that Peru has some amazing food. A cook in her own right, Ford said people have often asked her to publish a cookbook. She admitted that she does not use measurements when cooking, therefore making it hard to write a book. However, she enjoys doing it at her leisure. She also gave travel tips such as use the hop-on hop-off buses or Uber to do site-seeing. She suggested that travelers take pictures of their passports in case they get lost or stolen. Another suggestion was to buy small toiletries and undergarments to leave behind so travelers don’t have to travel with dirty clothes. Ford has visited almost all countries on the South American continent, but her travel bucket list includes seeing the seven wonders of the world.

Lastly, Joi Fisher-Griffith, a tri-chair of the Arts and Letters Committee, shared the inspiration behind writing her book “Finding Joi – A True Story of Faith, Family and Love,” a personal narrative about her journey to find her birth mother and family. Fisher-Griffith shared that at the age of four, she was told that she was adopted. She elaborated on how her book gives an insightful look into the process of the legislation of the Adoptee Birthright Act, which became a law in January of 2017 and allows anyone who was adopted in New Jersey after November 14, 1940 to have access to their original birth certificates without a court order.  She stressed the importance of family and knowing one’s family history.

The Literary Café was informative and the books of these Delta authors were very diverse. The CJA Deltas encourage you to purchase these books to reflect, to be entertained, and to be informed.


Submitted by Tamu Lawhorne The Arts and Letters Committee of the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted a virtual Literary Café on Oct. 31, 2020, featuring three Delta authors: Joi Fisher-Griffin, Anna Paige-DeSouza and Angelica Ford.  CJA Member Tonya Edmonds served as the moderator for the event. The authors captivated …

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