Bayou Lafourche Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Celebrates “May Week” at RRAAM

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Donaldsonville Chief

Donaldsonville - In 1921, “May Week” was started by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to observe the importance of higher education and professional achievement. Since that time, celebrations have expanded to include events open to the community.

Bayou Lafourche Area Alumnae Chapter’s May Week celebration began this week. The sorority will host “Family Night at the Movies” at the River Road African American Museum at 406 Charles St, Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The outdoor movie theatre will start at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) and will feature the movie “Night John”. The movie is about a  12-year-old slave girl named Sarny who seems to have a relatively hopeless life. Her chief duties at the plantation are serving at table and spitting tobacco juice on roses to prevent bugs. Then Nightjohn arrives. A former runaway slave who bears telltale scars on his back, he takes Sarny under his wing and, in exchange for a pinch of tobacco, secretly begins to teach her to read and write, a crime punishable by death. "Words," he says, "are freedom. Slavery is made of words: laws, deeds and passes." This story is intriguing for today’s youth. It is a lesson for the audience about the relevance and  importance of “freedom” and “education”.

Bring your lawn chairs and children. This event is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.