The members of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Incorporated uniquely marked the return to in-person meetings recently with the unveiling of the newly created Virtual Jacksonville Black History Tour. Taking advantage of the creative creative processes generated as an outcome of the pandemic, the virtual tour gave the curators and opportunity to re-think and re-imagine how to get valuable information to the Jacksonville community. Since 1979, the Chapter had been conducting step-on tours for all ages for groups and individuals interested in the rich history of African Americans on the First Coast. The Virtual Tour, developed under the leadership of Dr. Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, was dedicated to the sorority’s original tour developers, the late Professor Bettye Sessions and Camilla Perkins Thompson.
The Virtual Tour followed a similar track as the tour developed in 1979 with updated information and added sites to capture developments over the last four decades. In addition to Dr. Simmons-Hutchins, the tour narrators included former Chapter Basilei, Committee members and family members who held a certain affinity to the site described. The Tour’s Executive Director, Professor Benjamin C. Simmons, III combined voices, music and pictures to make sixty-minute production.
Alpha Kappa alpha 25rg Supreme Basileaus Dr. Norma Solomon-White attended the socially distanced Covid ready event and was amazed at the interpretation. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.
The Virtual Jacksonville Black History Tour can be requested by visiting www.groaka.com.