Ascension Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta honors Black History Month

Rochelle Darville

The Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S of the Ascension Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta hosted a viewing of Ava Duervay‘s documentary13th Amendment in honor of Black History Month.

Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S are a part of Delta Sigma Theta Youth Programs. The event was a partnership with the River Road African American Museum, in which the museum’s director Kathe Hambrick-Jackson facilitated as moderator in the discussion of the film.

The youth expressed their feelings about the progress that African Americans have made in America since the writing of the amendment. The film inspired a discussion on how the law that was meant to free people of color from slavery, in actuality, helped to foster a different type of slavery in the form of the prison system.

"I believe that the movie showcases important events in our country's history," saidAAC Delta GEM member Destini Graves. "Our ancestors have been through it all to let us be here and enjoy the freedoms that we have. We have to carry on their legacy. We all are powerful, we all are strong and we all are equal."

Local attorney Gail C. Holland shared some legal implications of the law and expressed how the amendment sets the foundation for the present prison system.

Everyone in America should see the film, the 13th Amendment because it lays out how the 13th Amendment lays the foundation of the present prison system," Holland said.

Brianna Golden from the Louisiana Democratic Headquarters advised the youth to stay vigilant and get involved in the social issues that affect our country.