Central Jersey Deltas host viewing of 'Just Mercy'

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Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta SigmaTheta Sorority, Inc.
Urban News Staff Reports

The Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta SigmaTheta Sorority, Inc. (“CJA Deltas”) recently presented a sold out, red carpet private screening of the movie Just Mercy at the Reading Cinemas Manville.

Hosted by its Arts & Letters Committee, over 200 guests were in attendance. Viewers treated to a personal, on-screen welcome from cast member Karan Kendrick to CJA members and guests. Kendrick portrays Millie McMillian, the wife of Jamie Foxx’s character, death row inmate Walter McMillian.

At the conclusion, a post-movie discussion was facilitated by Arts & Letters tri-chairs Denice Ware, Nicholl Rogers, and Sheyreese Sayers. Guest panelists included attorneys Douglas Mitchell and Cathleen Price. Mitchell, a social justice advocate who specializes in criminal defense and bankruptcy law in his private practice is also Conflict Counsel for the State of New Jersey, Office of the Public Defender, where he represents both juveniles who are criminally charged and adult defendants.

Price was sent to the screening by Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson to represent the grassroots organization he started in 1989, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). She has worked for EJI for 27 years and knew many of the characters represented in the movie.

Chair Denice Ware thanked Mitchell and Price for their participation and assured them that the CJA Deltas are heavily involved in social action. She affirmed that the chapter tries to ensure a social action component to most activities in which it engages such as this Arts & Letters Red Carpet event. Ware and President Karen Wade Culp gifted Mitchell and Price with a signed copy of "She Came to Slay: The Life and Time of Harriet Tubman" by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need. It is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. The Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter was chartered in 1975 and serves Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties. 

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