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Black History Month Programming 2010
Black History Month 2010 (39:41) Amanda Shauger
Black History Month Programming 2010
Community Radio 91.3 KXCI Tucson is pleased to partner with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to celebrate the achievements, culture, contributions and history of local African Americans. From February 1 through February 25, KXCI will be broadcasting Black History Month Features daily at 6:30 am, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Over 15 members of Delta Sigma Theta and Kappa Alpha Psi came down to the KXCI studios to record segments about local African American people and events and their significance to Southern Arizona.

Tune 91.3 KXCI Tucson- or listen on line at at 6:30 am, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 7:30pm to hear more about our community. Thanks to local Grammy Nominated Amo Chip Dabney for backing up all of the tracks with "Free Yo Sax" from "Escape From Newark."

Additional contact information about Delta Sigma Theta is available below:
Chyrl Hill Lander
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated

Here is a list of speakers and their topics:

Tr.# Speaker- Topic
1. Alethea Greene- Tucson NAACP
2. Alexis Williams- Chuck Ford
3. Alonzo Williams- Kappa Alpha Psi
4. A'Shawn Hines- Elgie Mike Batteau
5. Cheryl Simms- Alpha Kappa Alpha
6. Cheryl Simms- Cress Lander
7. Cheryl Simms- Edward Turk Thomas
8. Cheryl Simms- Juneteenth
9. Cheryl Simms- Morgan Maxwell Jr.
10. Cheryl Simms- Tucson Civil Rights
11. Christopher Coneway- Buffalo Soldier 1
12. Christopher Coneway- Buffalo Soldier 2
13. Chrisilia Bristow- African American Churches
14. Chryl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 9
15. Chyrl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 1
16. Chryl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 2
17. Chyrl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 3
18. Chryl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 4
19. Chryl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 5
20. Chyrl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 6
21. Chryl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 7
22. Chryl Hill Lander- Dunbar School 8
23. Eron Tunstall- Frederick Snowden
24. Garrick Gaines- Cleveland Indians
25. Jerecia Patterson- Eureka Club
26. Ricky D. Moreland, Jr.- Beau Brummel Club
27. Robin Elaiho- Estavnico
28. Roseanne R. Neal- Delta Sigma Theta History
29. Tina Johnson- African American Publications
30. Yvonne Height- Tucson Urban League

Background: Historical Facts of Tucson's African American Community

Facts about Southern Arizona's African American history were taken from a mural titled "1539 to 2004: African Americans in Southern Arizona" for a community collaboration among Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and KXCI-91.3 FM Community Radio.

The mural was commissioned by the city of Tucson for the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). City officials wanted the TCC to represent of all ethnic groups that contributed to the rich history of this area. The African American community elected to develop a mural showing important dates in Tucson's African American history. The mural project was led by native Tucsonan Anna Jolivet. The mural was designed by local artist Alex Powell.

The mural was displayed at the Tucson Convention Center until 2009 when it was removed to allow for the remodeling of the west entrance to the convention center. The mural is now at The Dunbar Pavilion at 325 W. Second St.

Members of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, in partnership with KXCI-91.3 FM Community Radio, pre-recorded facts from the mural for African American History Month. KXCI, at 220 S. Fourth Ave., is airing four facts daily on Tucson's African American history during February. KXCI is at 220 S. Fourth Ave., near Downtown Tucson.

Native Tucsonan Chyrl Hill Lander compiled the facts from the mural in January. "I was able to add information and current facts to give a more complete portrait of the history of Tucson's African American community," said Lander, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Cheryl Sims, also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, coordinated the effort with KXCI.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated:

The Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a public-service sorority, has been serving the Tucson community for approximately 43 years. The chapter's commitment to community service has been demonstrated through support of organizations such as The Dunbar Project; the YWCA's Your Sister's Closet program; Tucson Community Food Bank; the Tucson Urban League; the Tucson Branch of the NAACP; the United Negro College Fund; Casa de los Ninos; the Educational Enrichment Foundation; Arizona Daily Star's Send-A-Kid-To-Camp program; the Tucson Unified School District Clothing Bank; Habitat for Humanity Tucson; Tucson Blast Soccer Club; and others.

The chapter's commitment to public service is demonstrated through its annual Betty Brown Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors, through which approximately $100,000 has been awarded; and Delta Academy and Delta GEMS, mentor programs for girls between the ages of 11 and 18 years that are designed to instill in students the importance of education and academic excellence. Through Delta Academy, chapter members work with girls ages 11-14 during the school year to involve them in service learning and community service opportunities. Delta GEMS: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, for young ladies between the ages of 14 and 18, is designed to help them develop into strong, confident and respectful individuals while preparing them to take active roles in their communities. Tucson Alumnae started its Delta GEMS program in October 2006.

In 1977 the chapter began sponsoring the Ebony Fashion Fair as its annual fundraiser. Directed by Eunice Johnson and produced by Johnson Publishing Co., the traveling fashion show featured haute couture clothing from world reknowned designers. Unfortunately, Johnson Publishing Co. has suspended the spring 2010 Ebony Fashion Fair tour because of the untimely death of Johnson on Jan. 3.

In response, the chapter is launching the Women of Spirit Awards, which will be presented to women nominated by their houses of worship for their contributions to their churches and communities. The first Women of Spirit Awards Luncheon will be Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

Since it was chartered in 1967, Tucson Alumnae Chapter has contributed approximately $250,000 to Tucson's nonprofit organizations, community programs, and individuals in need. Rosanne R. Neal, Ed.D., is the chapter president.