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Metro Chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council Holds Annual Teen Summit

Special to the Metro

ALBANY, GA - The Metro Chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council held its Annual Teen Summit Feb. 21, 2015 at Albany Technical College.

Sis Stephanie Wilkerson (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority), again this year, planned an outstanding program worthy of a Saturday morning attendance.  After Registration, Shirley Brown (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) set the tone of the summit by engaging attendees in Physical Activity (Your Health is Your Wealth). Afterwards, Bro. Ivey L. Hines (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity) offered Invocation.  The attendees were next treated to Breakfast.

President Pat Brown (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) began the actual program by extending greetings to all in attendance.  Bro. Jeffrey Boges (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity) involved the youths in Black History Trivia – an activity much needed and thoroughly enjoyable to the participants.  This activity allows the youths to display their quick wit when questioned on their history.

Another great highlight of the program was the guest speaker, Mrs. Angie Gibson, a member of the Freedom Singers. Focusing on “Negro Culture 101,” Mrs. Gibson expounded on the significance of the American Negro from slavery up to the present.  She expertly recounted history noting that we are familiar with many African-Americans, yet there are many others that should be examined.  Closer to home are those schools (Monroe High, Dougherty High, etc) that nurtured us.  Mrs. Gibson challenged the youths to seek out the seasoned African-Americans so that they may be able to absolve some of their knowledge.  She further encouraged attendees to “Have in your home Negro Culture 101.”  And asked that they remember those who were pioneers in the fight for justice:  Claudette, Viola, the three Civil Rights Workers, the three little girls, along with persons in their families who took a chance.  Beginning and ending her presentation by singing old Negro Spirituals was truly an effective tool to a most inspirational performance by Mrs. Angie Gibson.  All attendees were most attentive as they found themselves riveted to  speaker’s presentation.

Chef Austin of Albany Technical College was the next engaging presenter.  He chose to offer a cooking demonstration for those in attendance.  This proved to be a unique performance as it added a new flavor to the Teen Summit.

The Teen Summit culminated with the various youth groups expounding on the Theme: “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.”  Each was fully prepared for this task – one that is most informative to our youth.  It gave them an added opportunity to further research and absolve their history.

Composed of the nine Greek letter organizations, The Albany Metro Chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council meets each first Monday.  Its goals are aligned with those of the National Pan Hellenic Council:  that of promoting interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.