The event gave young African American girls an opportunity to practice social etiquette and learn about some of the nation’s outstanding African American women.
“We need to prepare them and expose them to certain things so that they can continue to carry the torch.”
Doncella Milton, who organized the tea, is the public relations officer of the Dallas, Texas branch of Continental Societies. She said Continental Societies, Inc. is an international public service organization dedicated to the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of underprivileged children and youth. It was founded in June 1956 and incorporated nationally in 1972.
She added that Continental women strive to “adhere to the humanitarian precept of sharing with those in need. Nationally, regionally and locally, Continentals have created innovative activities while they volunteer their time through outreach programs in youth centers, schools, pediatric wards, homes for the displaced, disadvantaged and challenged youth.
Milton’s interest in youth, led her to become a mentor with the Safe Schools/Healthy Students STARS Mentoring Program. She and STARS Mentoring Program coordinator Johnnice Ulmer thought the tea would be a great learning experience for those participating in the mentoring program.