The Pierians Incorporated

           Founded in 1958 . National Office Established in 1982

Pierians In The News

On the Go..... Making News.....

Semaj Brown (Flint, MI) 
Pierian Semaj Brown was chosen to serve as Flint’s poet laureate because of “her unique history in the literary arts as a poet and author as well as (her) history in community health programming,” A creative and talented individual, Semaj Brown will work in conjunction with the city’s public health department, recognizing literature and literacy to be an integral component of a healthy vibrant society. Want to know more? Read about Semaj Brown in MLive News.

Pierian K.Joy Ballard Peters (Atlanta, Georgia) 

Honorary Member, K.Joy Ballard Peters of Atlanta, Georgia is an artist and educator who recently debuted her gallery exhibit.  The exhibit, "Celebrating Decades of Joy", Applique Artwork of K.Joy Ballard Peters, is on display at the Southwest Arts Center Performance Gallery from February 13 - March 13, 2015.  To kick off the exhibit, The Society, Incorporated -East Cobb/Cherokee Rose Metropolis Chapter, hosted a wine and cheese reception.  The reception was complete witha gallery talk by the artist.



Pierian Vernell Lillie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 

Honorary Member, Dr. Vernell Lillie has devoted the past four decades to running the oldest and largest African-American performing Arts Center in Pittsburgh.  Sadly, the Kuntu repertory Theatre is closing its doors, a casualty of the slowing economy. The repertory theatre had as its mission, to look at Black life from a historical and sociopolitical angle and to educate and entertain and move actors and audience to social action. Read more about it in The New Pittsburgh Courier  or the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pierians Promoting the Arts  (Flint, Michigan) 

Look behind the curtain of the local arts scene and you'll find a group of bustling women holding a few of the strings. The Flint Chapter of The Pierians, Incorporated is actively involved in promoting the study and enjoyment of art within the community.  The chapter is composed of two types of members:  artists, such as V. Valorie Horton shown here, and those who love arts.  Read more in The Flint Journal .....



Pierian Frances Faithful (Flint, Michigan) 

Newly elected National President of The Pierians, Incorporated, Frances Faithful is a proud member of the Flint, Michigan chapter.  She has spent a lifetime devoted to a love of the arts. She worked with her chapter in Flint to promote culture and the arts among underserved and minority children since the chapter  was formed in 1990.


Frances Faithful taught various classes and subjects in the Flint School District for 34 years before retiring in 1990. As a teacher, she helped Flint students become more aware of fine arts and has been a source of inspiration and motivation for young people in the Flint area.


She is the daughter of Myrtle Tyler Faithful and niece of Viola Tyler Goings, two of the founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and spoke recently at the group's Founders Day activity.

"I'm really very honored to represent Flint," she said. "I enjoy watching young people get interested in the arts and the symphony and a cultural environment."

Read more about it in The Flint News .......


Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. recently inducted Frances Faithful into the Hall of Living Legends.  Started in 2004, the Hall of Living Legends is dedicated to honoring the achievements of legendary women in Flint, Michigan, who have gone beyond the call of duty to make a lasting impact within the Flint community.  Frances Faithful was one of two women inducted in 2009.  The induction took place on February 7, 2008 at the Flint Public Library.


Pierian Delores Ann Washington (Prince George's County) 

Delores Ann Washington of the Prince George's County, Maryland chapter announces the publication of her book, Go Home and Love Your Family -- the ABC's of Developing Stronger Families.  This heartwarming and inspiring book helps to build strong families as it encourages us to remember our blessings.  Delores Washington grew up in a very encouraging family that gave her the precepts and practices of loving God, honoring family and respecting her community. 


This book provides a road map for building strong families.  The scriptures used and the format will allow you to use this work as a devotional guide that will bless your life for days to come.

Read more about it....  Go Home and Love Your Family



Pierian  Chassie West (Columbia, Maryland) 

Chassie West of the Columbia, Maryland chapter is a talented author of books from a variety of genres. She has written hard-hitting mysteries and 'who done it' novels, under her own name, and has written several of the popular children's novels in the Nancy Drew series under the name of Carolyn Keene. As a mystery writer, Chassie uses strong African-American protagonists in her very popular  contemporary fiction. Her reviews are always glowing -- "Edgar nominee Chassie West delivers a mesmerizing mystery..."  Chassie's latest book No Reason for Goodbyes strongly suggests that we rethink everything we believe about the finality of death. It confirms that those who have departed from our physical world can and do 'reach out and touch', in some cases, quite literally, and that love is indeed eternal. If there was ever a time for a paradigm shift about the way we view death, that time is now. Chassie's books are available through