‘A Divine Evening’ celebrates diversity

Multicultural Greek Council showcases campus and community talent

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Clare Wilkinson

Evans Dining hall isn’t used only for freshman pre-orientation welcomes or midnight breakfasts.  On Saturday evening, the Multicultural Greek Council laid out the red carpet to welcome performers and guests to enjoy “A Divine Evening.”

The W&L Multicultural Greek Council is made up of four Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations that each fall under the larger umbrella of the Divine Nine. The nine sororities and fraternities of the Divine Nine are dedicated to history of their founders, sisterhood, brotherhood, academics and service.

W&L’s campus is home to two Historically Black Greek Sororities and two Historically Black Greek Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Phi Beta Sigma.

And the red carpet wasn’t just extended to Washington and Lee students. The Tau Omega chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is a joint chapter among W&L, Hollins University and Roanoke College.  Two women from Roanoke College attended the event and even performed with their W&L Delta Sigma Theta sisters. With balloons, glitter, music, food and fun, the W&L Multicultural Greek Council also welcomed guests from the Virginia Military Institute.

Multicultural Greek Council Secretary Candace Maynard ‘15 hoped that the event would increase awareness of the Multicultural Greek Council across the W&L campus.

“The MGC is not just black [but] truly multicultural and inclusive,” she said.

The evening kicked off with four songs from W&L’s co-ed acapella group General Admission. Next to the stage was a K-pop dance performance, followed by a step performance.

The members of the Multicultural Greek Council then performed their own skits, with the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority singing a song, the women of Delta Sigma Theta sang and danced and then all of the women joined together for a larger performance.  They filled the room with their performances, strolling by tables and engaging everyone as they walked by.

Araha Wubah ‘17 said she thinks it is really special that the Multicultural Greek Council attracts a diverse group of people from the W&L campus as well as from other campuses.

This was the debut of “A Divine Evening,” but Maynard said she hopes the event will be held annually.

“We want people to know the MGC has a presence on campus,” Maynard said.

The Culture and Diversity programs will host a few other events this semester. The next event is the Equality Gala on March 21, which is open to W&L students, community members and students of other Virginia colleges.