Paterson Alumnae Sponsors African American Market Place and Brunch


Submitted by Lecia Williamson and Jean Medley

On Feb. 29, 2020, the Paterson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held its annual fundraiser to raise money to award college scholarships to African-American students. In recognition of Black History Month, the theme for the brunch was, “Honoring Women of Color Who Have Made a Difference in History.” Each table was dedicated to a woman of color, which included a short biography and picture that served as the centerpieces. Some of the women who were celebrated included Mae Jemison, Deltas Dorothy I. Height and Lena Horne.

The highlights of the event included honoring five individuals or organizations from the community who demonstrated leadership, commitment, and dedication to improving the environment; health and wellness; and education in the city of Paterson. The Daisy P. Bates Youth Award was presented to Sidney Glisson, a senior at Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne, New Jersey. She excels in her academics while participating in sports and various community service projects. She also serves as a mentor at various summer sports camps.

The Florence Letcher Toms Community Service Award was presented to Youth Self Development, Incorporated for providing 20 years of educational support to high school students. The Ethel Cuff Black Excellence in Education Award was presented to Dr. Brenda Belmont for her dedication to teaching and learning. Dr. Belmont currently serves as the Executive Director of the Gilmore Memorial Pre-School, Paterson, New Jersey.

The Florence Letcher Toms Community Service Award (for Individual) was presented to Talena Lachelle Queen. She was instrumental in creating the first Poetry Festival for Paterson. She was named the first Poet Laureate for the city of Paterson and participates on the Paterson Grassroots Cultural Arts Commission. The last presentation was the Myra Davis Hemmings Delta Woman of the Year Award. This award was received by Soror Shiricka Brown who serves as the current chapter treasurer, but also goes above and beyond the call of duty in exercising her commitment to Delta. She provides service to he community by improving the health and well-being of those in need as a case manager in her current position at a local hospital.

The celebration of Black History Month included the musical talents of African Drummer, Brother Jerome Hunter, and a dance presentation by Briyanah Joye-Brown. Brother Hunter also led the audience in an interactive demonstration and a short oral history of African dance. The day ended with a marketplace which consisted of raffling more than 50 gift baskets or gift cards with the proceeds going toward the chapter scholarship fund. The 2020 African American Heritage and Marketplace Brunch was a success and the chapter is grateful to have the opportunity to continue to provide academic scholarships to deserving students.


Submitted by Lecia Williamson and Jean Medley On Feb. 29, 2020, the Paterson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held its annual fundraiser to raise money to award college scholarships to African-American students. In recognition of Black History Month, the theme for the brunch was, “Honoring Women of Color Who Have Made a …

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