“She is known worldwide, and we really wanted to pay homage to her. We hope people will come and feel the spirit of Aretha Franklin right here in Stockton,” said James Forte, president of Delta’s African American Employees Association, which is hosting the event along with Delta’s Cultural Awareness Program.
The University of the Pacific is also collaborating with Delta on the tribute and other Black History Month activities.
The Aretha Franklin event includes a performance by R&B artists The Hamiltones. The Delta jazz band will play some of Franklin’s popular tunes, Delta dancers will perform and the fashion program will present a video montage. Speakers will also share thoughts on Franklin’s legacy.
Other scheduled events at Delta College during Black History Month include:
• Delta’s annual Chicken and Waffle Fundraiser will take place Feb. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Upper Danner Hall. Money raised will help pay for student scholarships.
• A presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Science and Math Building, Room 273. The children and grandchildren of the Tuskegee Airmen will be the presenters, and will elaborate on the heritage and the struggles that the airmen had to endure fighting for equal rights in the military.
See flyer below for a comprehensive list of events hosted by Delta and Pacific. Note that the Tuskegee Airmen presentation has since been moved to the Science and Math Building, Room 273.