Delta Sigma Theta Chapter Iota Mu is first Black sorority on Northwestern campus
By Gisele Proby Bryant
A Simply Golden Celebration was May 21-22 marking the 50th anniversary of the Iota Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Northwestern State in 1972, the first Greek Black sorority chartered on the predominately white campus. Chapter members and alumnae traveled from across the nation for the grand celebration representing five decades (1972-2022) of sisterhood, scholarship, service and social action.
The historic celebration began on the Northwestern State campus in the President’s Room with a meet and greet networking luncheon focusing on the mission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, while strategically positioning the chapter for the work which lies ahead.
Current chapter president for the 50th year celebration, ArNijah Bradley, shared in the sisterly fellowship.
Following the luncheon, members of the NSU Alumni Association provided a tour of the campus showcasing the progressive changes and state-of-the-art construction that has taken place over the 50-year span.
The setting chosen for the chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration was Merci Beaucoup Restaurant located near Cane River. The Delta sisters were recognized by their colors, dressed in flaming red with a touch of gold, for an evening that reflected on their rich 50-year legacy. The members and invited guests enjoyed French/Cajun cuisine, live music and a list of speakers that included the chapter chartering advisor Edwina M. Lewis, and City of Natchitoches Mayor The Honorable Ronnie Williams Jr. There was a reading of an official statement from Gov. John Bel Edwards, recognizing May 21 in honor of Mrs. Lewis.
Remarks were given by Bradley, 50-year member Regina Emanuel Martin, NSU Alumni Association member Dr. Nikki Ceaser-Small and chapter council advisor Judith Hayes Walter.
Climaxing the evening chapter, members and alumnae were thrilled to announce the Edwina Mudrick Lewis Distinguished Service Award has been established beaing the name of our founding advisor for 25 years of service. The check presentation honoring Mrs. Lewis’ tutelage will be made to NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones during homecoming Oct. 22.
Also, Bradley was gifted with a personalized life-size sorority crest to be displayed at official chapter celebrations and noted occasions. Sorority sisters in attendance received customized DST gifts.
The weekend culminated with a May Week Worship Service at the First Baptist Church North Street where members of the chapter gathered for service 50 years ago and several sorority members are active in the congregation today. A community service donation of $500 was made to the church in support of their Christian Education Ministry honoring Mrs. Lewis dedication and devotion to education.
The 50th Celebration Committee members were ArNijah Bradley, Cynthia Harmon, Brenda Fowler Milner, Sonya Snowden Turner and Gisele Proby-Bryant.