Written by Debra Haynes
The Alpha Phi Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., of Pensacola, FL, held two recent annual events in this city. It was their desire to promote education with emphasis on Black History in America to create awareness of our rich heritage, and better readers.
During Black History, Alpha Phi presented its annual Project Read with the Greater Union Baptist Church Education Ministry’s Tutorial program where the Rev. Dr. Michael Thompson is the pastor. On February 14, 2017, the chairperson, Ms. Debra Haynes, lead a program with a series of grade level Reading lessons on President Barack Obama as a tribute to his legacy. She taught the middle and high school students while other members, Mrs. Francine Parker and Mrs. Esther Gregory taught the elementary students. The Basileus and photographer, Mrs. Ethel Coleman, along with the director of the ministry, Mrs. Caroline King, and other participants were amazed over the performance of the students during a game of Obama Trivia Pursuit. The game was created by Ms. Haynes as a culminating activity, as well as a form of review, to promote long term memory in a fun manner. “My philosophy as an educator is to make learning fun”, says Ms. Haynes. Prizes and were awarded and certificates were presented to the children. Refreshments were served.
On March 18, 2017, Alpha Phi held yet another ritual, their annual Black History Luncheon, at the Englewood Baptist Church banquet room. Rev. Larry Watson, Jr., was the presiding speaker for this affair. The theme this year was, “Do Not Be Silent About Things That Matter!” We have a rich heritage as African Americans. Our contributions are worthy to be acclaimed.
A special recognition was made to Basileus Ethel Coleman for having been the seller of the most tickets for the luncheon since 1972, 45 years ago, whenever she joined the sorority. All proceeds from the luncheon go towards a scholarship each year to a high school graduate enrolled in an accredited college pursuing a degree in the field of education. This occasion was well attended and received by the community.