Philadelphia Alumnae Hosts “Delta Knows Talent”
Submitted Kendra Thomas and Dawn Morgan Moore
It is impossible to fully capture the energy and excitement that was generated during the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter’s “Delta Knows Talent—A Benefit For Uplift and Peace.” The virtual event was held on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. Commissioned by Chapter President Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon, the showcase featured an ensemble of performers displaying the excellence and beauty of their artistry.
Chapter members Kendra Thomas and Dawn Morgan-Moore co-chaired a dynamic committee that curated an array of talented artists and developed the program. The Philadelphia Black Women’s Health Alliance (BWHA) was selected as the benefit organization.
Mistress of Ceremonies and sorority member Marcia Penn, shared that the goal of the event was to present an evening of uplift and peace in response to how our mental health has been impacted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and to bring a Legacy of Wellness—Mind, Body and Spirit.
Ms. Brenda Dunston, Executive Director of BWHA, shared that its mission is to improve health care outcomes and reduce health disparities for African American and other minority women through advocacy, education, research and support services.
Featured talent included a special poem by sorority member Trapeta Mayson, Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia. Award-winning actress and singer Joilet Harris shared a soliloquy titled “For My Sistahs,” which wonderfully affirmed the strength of Black women.
The other extraordinary talent included spoken word artists, singers, instrumentalists, a dancer and a comedian. The array of talent was amazing, and many attendees shared their enjoyment in the Zoom chat. The chapter’s award-winning tech team seamlessly guided the virtual event between performers and speakers.
Philadelphia’s own Kenny Gamble, award-winning songwriter, producer, and community revitalizer, encouraged support of BWHA to deal with mental health issues in our community. Local KYW Community Affairs Reporter, Cherri Gregg, encouraged donations to BWHA for its much-needed provision of services because “when Black women do well, we all do well.”
When the event concluded, more than $8,000 had been raised for BWHA. Additional donations are expected by mail. The event is also posted on Facebook to encourage more donations during subsequent views. More donations were received as of the conclusion of this article by BWHA to an amount totaling $10, 651.
Many of event’s performers shared that their art has enabled them to press through this pandemic. Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter is glad to have provided this evening of uplift and peace as a service to the community as we all seeking to maintain a Legacy of Wellness—Mind, Body and Spirit.
Submitted Kendra Thomas and Dawn Morgan Moore It is impossible to fully capture the energy and excitement that was generated during the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter’s “Delta Knows Talent—A Benefit For Uplift and Peace.” The virtual event was held on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. Commissioned by Chapter President Dr. Penny Sparks …