Sorority honors its achievers

LUMBERTON — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. recently honored 10 people for their contributions to the community, county and state.

On May 19 at the African American Cultural Center in downtown Lumberton, the Lumberton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. devoted the day to women who attended a historic black college or university and continue to promote progress in their community.

A special presentation was made to the guest of honor, Shanita Wooten, in recognition of her leadership as the first African American and first female superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Also honored during the program were Frances M. Cummings, Livingston College, retired educator and former N.C House of Representatives member; Loistine DeFreece, Livingston College, educator and PSRC board member; Mary T. Hill, Livingston College, educator and entrepreneur; Gwendolyn “Ghee” Johnson, Benedict College, social worker and town commissioner; A. Louise Lassiter, Elizabeth City State University, musician and youth advocate; Tiffany P. Powers, Hampton University, attorney and rights advocate; Shirley H. Stockton, A&T State University, educator and Robeson Community College board member; T. Diane P. Surgeon, Johnson C. Smith University, attorney and elder law care advocate; and Lucille M. Watson,Winston-Salem State University, an educator/VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary advocate.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was founded Jan. 13, 1913, on the campus of Howard University, Washington, D.C., a Greek letter sorority of college educated women dedicated to public service with great emphasis on education.

Staff report