Delta fliers promote black history awareness

In 1923, a Mississippi senator wanted to build a statue “in memory of the faithful, colored mammies of the South” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, black outrage killed that idea, according to the National Public Radio Website.


The Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority offered such little-known black history facts in fliers distributed in Kearny Hall during Black History Month.


Shaunessy Carr, the chapter’s first vice president, said the sorority wanted to encourage students to continue celebrating Black History Month. Carr said students are used to celebrating Black History Month in earlier school years but seem less interested during college years.


She said black history is American history, but it is important for students to be knowledgeable about their history as well.


Deltas placed the fliers on Kearny dining tables on some days and distributed them in downstairs Kearny on others.


Three people received Delta spotlights during the month: W.E.B. Dubois, one of the founders of the NAACP and an accomplished author; Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress; and Carter G. Woodson, known as the father of Black History Month (which actually started out as “Negro History Week”).


A short biography detailing some of their most important contributions and accomplishments was also posted in Kearny, as well as other buildings on campus.


The Delta flier and its facts were unavailable.