Members of the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Incorporated recently uniquely marked a return to in-person meetings with the unveiling of the newly created Virtual Jacksonville Black History Tour. The virtual tour leveraged the creative creative processes that had sprung up as a result of the pandemic and gave curators an opportunity to rethink and re-imagine how they can bring valuable information to the Jacksonville community. Since 1979, the Chapter has conducted 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, led by Dr. Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins was dedicated to the original fraternity tour developers, the late Professor Bettye Sessions and Camilla Perkins Thompson.
The virtual tour followed a similar path to the tour developed in 1979, with updated information and added locations to capture developments over the past four decades. In addition to Dr. Simmons-Hutchins, the travel narrators included former chapters of Basilei, committee members, and family members who had some affinity for the place being described. The tour’s executive director, Professor Benjamin C. Simmons, III, combined voice, music and images into a 60-minute production.
Alpha Kappa alpha 25rg Supreme Basileau’s 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 at www.groaka.com.