Sorority Unveils National Arts Initiative and Rolls Out The “Delta Red Carpet” for Bishop T. D. Jakes’ New Film

Morris Chestnut
Morris Chestnut

WASHINGTON – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the single largest African- American women’s organization in the country, unveils Project ART: Actively Redefining Together with the announcement of its recent support of the film “Not Easily Broken,” based on the novel written by Bishop T. D. Jakes.

The film, directed by the critically acclaimed Bill Duke and starring the very talented Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson, was released on January 9, 2009 and as a component of Project ART, will be the Sorority’s first “Delta Red Carpet” feature film project.

A major initiative of the organization, Project ART has a primary focus of working internally and collaboratively with the Sorority’s membership and potential stakeholders in redefining images of the African-American community in all forms of artistic media. The project promotes a collective effort of the Sorority’s membership to support positive forms of entertainment—music, film, radio, television, visual and literary arts—while expressing concern for those art forms that promote harmful messages and negative stereotype.

Akin to and reigniting the fervor of the Harlem Renaissance, the Sorority, lead by newly elected National President, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, views the mission of Project ART as a re-awakening, rediscovery, restoration, and reclamation of positive black images. Through this initiative, the vision of Butler-McIntyre is to proactively redefine, together with industry affiliates employing and promoting African-Americans, an acceptable representation of black culture in film, music, television, and various other performance and literary outlets.

The stance of the Sorority is clearly conveyed through Project ART’s three thrusts: • Together promoting positive images • Together supporting works that uplift our world • Together challenging today’s standards

Delta Sigma Theta will begin internal programming and immediate mobilization of its membership, comprised of over 200,000 predominately African- American women in the United States and abroad, in support of these positive and acceptable images as redefined by the Sorority. Other “Delta Red Carpet” feature film project announcements will be forthcoming.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.

Today Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has over 200,000 members and over 900 chapters worldwide. The Sorority uses its Five- Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs.

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