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The Sensational Winter 2017

South At l ant i c Jo u r nal


Fayetteville Alumnae sorors visits a Delta Dear on founders day. Union County Alumnae sorors assisted shoppers at the annual “Free Market” which provides free new and gently-used clothing to local residents.


Sisterhood and Service from Around the




The New Bern Alumnae inspirational team regularly visits Mrs. Sadie Bond, a resident in a local nursing home. Kinston Alumnae sorors collected Toys for Tots Toy Drive 2

Oxford Alumnae sorors are pictured at the local Rotary Club for the Stop Hunger event.


Sorors of Denbigh Alumnae sung Christmas carols at the Salvation Army bell ringing event. Dr. Monique White (Hampton Alumnae), administer a vaccine to a Chesapeake Virginia Beach Alumnae soror at the Healthy Living Fair “Body, Mind and Spirit with Diabetes and Mental Health Forum.”


President of Asheville Alumnae presents hygiene items to the Asheville Period Project.


Dr. Monique White, Hampton Alumnae, administer a vaccine to a Chesapeake Virginia Beach Alumnae soror at the Healthy Living Fair “Body, Mind and Spirit with Diabetes and Mental Health Forum.” Sorors of the Greenville (SC) Alumnae Chapter create a human table — a team building exercise at their annual Sisterhood Retreat.


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Juanita B. Massenburg Regional Director Sierra Cunningham Regional Representative Deloris B. Hargrow Regional Secretary Patricia Harleston Regional Chaplain Bridgette Wilson Regional Journalist Selena Edwards Jacobs Assistant Regional Journalist Frances McIver Regional Parliamentarian Kaye Webb Assistant Regional Parliamentarian BERMUDA LEADERSHIP Rosette Simmons Coordinator NC LEADERSHIP Selene H. Brent State Coordinator Melissa Hayban State Facilitator Alfreda Bryant State Secretary SC LEADERSHIP

Con te n ts 5 Calendar of Events

6 Message from the Regional Director and Representative 10 Meet Our Regional Coordinators and Facilitators 14 South Atlantic Region Leadership Team 18 South Atlantic Region Learship Meeting Recap

Monica Owens State Coordinator

22 Stop Hazing Summit

Jordan Barnes State Facilitator

23 Soror Frankie Muse Freeman Celebrates 100

Joni Williams State Secretary

24 Around the Region

VA LEADERSHIP Michelle Lewis State Coordinator Julia-Ivy Chavis State Facilitator Fanchon Glover State Secretary Cassandra Murphy Regional Photographer

44 Sensational Sorors and Milestones 50 On Campus and in the Community 54 Chaplain’s Corner 55 Memoriam 3

This winter we’ve been Serving with


The first leadership meeting was extremely productive and included training and planning sessions for regional leadership and chapter officers.

Serving with


GreetingsSorors! What an amazing start to our administration! You have welcomed Sierra and I into your chapters throughout the region with open arms. We hit the ground running with a leadership meeting that equipped regional committees and chapter officers to efficiently and enthusiastically conduct the busiess of the sorority. This winter, many chapters are in preparation to bring more talented women into the folds. We look forward to working with the chapters of the region as they embark on that journey. This inaugural Winter Journal of our administration will be focused on the amazing leaders that have decided to go on this journey with us. Learn more about them and what their goals are for this biennium. They are a hardworking, steadfast team of women that we are honored to call soror and friend. We hope you enjoy the journal and as always‌Serve with Purpose and Dedication, while keeping it Sensational.

Juanita & Sierra

Project HERS set the tone for the collegiate agenda. This amazing retreat was empowering and filled with sisterhood and service.

Keeping it


Founders Day observations throughout the region were resplendent and honored the 22 trailblazers that established our illustrious sorority 104 years ago.

Regional Director Regional Representative



South Atlantic Region




MARCH 24-25





Prince William County Alumnae Chapter

Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter

Durham Alumnae Chapter

MAY 5-6

53rd National Convention AUGUST 3-9 I 2017

Las Vegas

The call to convention informational booklet is now available on the national website.


juanita’s W R I T T E N B Y M IC H E L L E L EW I S

A Delta Woman who loves the Lord and that all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose.

Juanita B. Massenburg

South Atlantic regional director “ k e e p i t s e n sat i o n a l ”

Outside the sun is just peaking above the horizon, and only a few people are moving around the quiet halls of the convention center. The quiet solitude is quite a contrast for what is to come in the next hours, when the venue will fill with eager attendees. Soror Juanita Massenburg is among those preparing for the convention

goers. She meticulously walks around the meeting room checking the table set-up, the handouts, the lighting and the audio-visual equipment. Ensuring that others are taken care of has been a driving motivator through-out Juanita’s life. At an early age growing up in rural Henderson, North Carolina, Juanita’s parents instilled in her the importance of dedicating herself to assisting others and living a life of service and purpose. They believed in community, they believed and taught her “you don’t sit still – life is more than about one’s self. When there is a need, you do what you can to help out.” That belief had Juanita and her siblings following their mother and father


around collecting money for families who lost their homes and possessions in a fire, collecting food for the families that didn’t have any, and advocating for the less fortunate. Those values would become an essential part of Juanita’s character and the basis for her life of service. She was first introduced to Delta Sigma Theta while in grade school. When an older sister came home from college, asking their mother for money to join some woman’s organization, she was naturally curious. Her sister enthusiastically explained the sorority’s history and mission to the young girl. Many years passed, and Juanita continued to be active in her community and on the campus of North Carolina Central University where she received her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Business Administration. She was intrigued by organizations because of their programs and not because of the status of their members. She observed Delta chapters and the work they were doing. In 1985, she was initiated into the Durham Alumnae Chapter along with 14 other women. Soror Juanita’s dedication to the sorority, her community and family

inspires her to live her purpose daily. Her parent’s legacy and commitment to service has been instilled in her daughter and will be taught to her granddaughter as well, as she grows up. Even now as Regional Director, she remains fiercly dedicated. Since installation, there has not been an idle moment. After the appointment of her leadership team, Soror Juanita was busy attending national meetings with the Executive Board as well as attending the pivotal Hazing Summit. Right after the holidays, the annual Founders Day observations began. Not only was Soror Juanita in attendance at each of regional Founders Day events, she even served as the keynote speaker for the South Carolina Statewide Founders Day. In addition to working with chapters on compliance requirements, she made sure that she attended Project HERS, led by Regional Representative Cunningham. The work of the region continues as many of the chapters of the region are involved with membership intake (MIT) activities. It’s extremely important to Soror Massenburg that women going through MIT have a positive experience. Although this year has only begun, Soror Massenburg is working tirelessly to realize her vision for the region and to support the goals of the alumnae and collegiate chapters. From Chapter President to State Coordinator to National S&S Member and now Regional Director, Soror Juanita’s legacy of leadership is one in which she nurtures other members. As the journey continues, she envisions more thriving chapters, more flourishing programs and more energetic members who serve with dedication and purpose in the Sensational South Atlantic region.

vision for the

together we will... through ST RAT E G I C PLA NNI NG, develop, implement and evaluate over a 5-year period the goals and objectives of the region.

together we will... ensure O PE N D I A LO G U E A ND E FFE CT I VE CO M M U N I CAT I O N to reach all sorors, especially our collegiate and Delta Dear population to foster great relationships, great leadership.

together we will... through TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES for all sorors, with focus on our collegiates, ensure growth and sustainability by holding regional conversations, scheduling focus groups, regional forums and symposiums.

together we will... through enhanced SOCIAL ACTION, HEALTH AND PUBLIC SERVICE efforts encourage sorors to join the movement, the political conversation surrounding the critical issues in our communities, addressing racial injustice.

together we will... E NG AG E A ND R E CLA I M our sisters who are not affiliated with a chapter by hosting sisterhood events and activities throughout the region.


S ierra

Cunning ham “Anything is possible with prayer and the power of God.”

The Regional Representative is an honored role in our sorority. Those remarkable young women that have graciously served in the role are the epitome of sisterhood, scholarship and service. Soror Sierra Cunningham is no exception. She has embraced the tremendous responsibility of the Regional Representative and she is making a difference. In February, Soror Cunningham will lead the upcoming collegiate retreat, Project HERS. Born a December baby, Soror Cunningham is the eldest of three children. She was raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina by her parents John and Brenda Cunningham. Currently, she attends Johnson C. Smith University where she is a senior and an honors student. She always had a passion for the wellness of others, which is why she chose to major in Community Health. Given the current trends and the efforts being made to have a healthier America, Soror Cunningham is very excited about her future career and up to the challenge to make a positive difference living healthier lifestyles. Soror Cunningham knows the importance of campus involvement. As a result, she is a member of the executive board of the Health and Human Performance Education at Johnson C. Smith University. She is also the President of the Preconception Peer Education Organization on campus. Soror Cunningham also serves as a student ambassador and a proud supporter of the “Black Excellence of Historically Black College & Universities.” Even as a new initiate, Soror Cunningham has already made an amazing contribution to both her chapter, Gamma Lambda but also the South Atlantic Region. Although she has served her chapter in many capacities, she is most proud and humbled to have been selected to serve as Regional Representative for the Sensational South Atlantic Region. 8

Soror Dorothy Height Forever Stamp Now Available

The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Soror Dorothy Height (1912-2010), 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. Soror Height, was appointed by President Carter to the Presidential Commission on a National Agenda for the 1980s. She also served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for more than 40 years. Stamps are available at www.usps.com

“The Dorothy Height Forever stamp will serve as a lasting tribute to her life and legacy of seeking equality and justice for all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, gender or race.” — The United States Postal Service



Meet Bermuda’s State Coordinator ROSETTE SIMMONS BERMUDA STATE COORDINATOR Bermuda Alumnae Chapter • Hamilton, Bermuda bdacoordinator@gmail.com

VACATION RETREAT OCT 11-16, 2017 Sorors from the South Atlantic Region are welcome to invite family and friends, as well as Soror friends from other Regions if you wish. PLEASE NOTE: ALL attendees must be registered in order to participate in activities and events, including non-Delta guests.

For more details on package prices, check out



and be eligible to WIN A WEEKEND FOR TWO (3 nights) at Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda Resort


osette Simmons is a native of Bermuda, but

attended college at Morris Brown in Atlanta, GA. and while a student, Soror Simmons’s was mentored by a member of Delta Sigma Theta. Soror Simmons remarked, “What I most admired and what stood out to me about the Deltas on campus was their individual personalities strong influence on campus... Deltas were honor students and active in making things happen on campus.” Soror Simmons has always held positions of leadership in other organizations and wanted to contribute in a leadership capacity in her local chapter, so upon joining the Bermuda Alumnae Chapter in 2006, she served as Financial Secretary and Treasurer over an eight year period and closely watched the chapter presidents serving during those terms to make herself ready to take on that role as well. She feels it is important to play an active role in your local chapter as well as regional and national when the opportunity arises. She offered this advice to sorors considering stepping into leadership, “If a soror has never held a leadership position then a great start is to serve on or co-chair a committee in their local chapter. This gives them the opportunity to direct others while gaining experience in meeting and event planning. It is also important for them to find a mentor within the chapter who has held a leadership position and can give valuable insight.”

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well and to always give 100%.” 10

Meet North Carolina’s State

Coordinator and Facilitator SELENÉ HUDSON BRENT NORTH CAROLINA STATE COORDINATOR Raleigh Alumnae Chapter • Raleigh, NC nccoordinatorbrent@gmail.com


oror Selené Brent, the new South Atlantic Region

NC State Coordinator, was destined to serve and lead. From an early age, Brent observed her mother flawlessly navigate between several leadership roles. Little did Brent know, this foundation would mold her in multiple ways. “My mom was always doing something. Teacher, Sunday school, church Secretary, 4-H; she always had something going on. This is where I inherited my work ethic to make the community better,” says Brent an only child.

MELISSA HAYBAN NORTH CAROLINA STATE FACILITATOR Upsilon Mu • Davidson College ncfacilitatorhayban@gmail.com


n July 2016, Soror Melissa Hayban was appointed

North Carolina State Facilitator by Regional Representative Sierra Cunningham and Regional Director Juanita Massenburg. Soror Hayban became a member of our illustrious organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated through the Upsilon Mu chapter at Davidson Colllege in April, 2016. Not only does Soror Hayban serve as North Carolina Facilitator, she also serves as President of the Upsilon Mu chapter. Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Soror Hayban found herself in North 11



Those morals followed Soror Brent to college at North Carolina State University where she joined our sisterhood 28 years ago as an initiate into the Mu Omicron chapter. As a collegiate, Brent admired the Delta presence on the predominately white campus, their strong bond and passion for service. It was also in college that Brent honed conflict resolution skills with sorors – talents she frequently taps into as a new regional leadership role; even when it means long days. Although her professional and Delta schedules are often grueling, Brent has settled into this position and is ready to meet every challenge. Despite a full agenda, she finds joy in meeting Sorors and working to find solutions.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Carolina as the first one in her family to attend college. She is currently in her fourth and final year at Davidson College and will be graduating with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities on the Pre-Medicine track. Upon graduation Soror Hayban will be applying to medical school while working in a biomedical fellowship. She wishes to pursue a Medical Degree to become a primary care physician, with a long term goal of having her own clinic for women of color.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m Possible’!”

South Carolina’s State Meet Aeo Coordinator and Facilitator


MONICA OWENS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE COORDINATOR Richland County Alumnae Chapter • Columbia, SC sccoordinatorowens@gmail.com


oror Monica R. Owens was initiated into Delta

Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1988 through the Florence Alumnae Chapter. In 1994, she was among the forty-four sorors to charter the Richland County Alumnae Chapter in Columbia, South Carolina. Since the Chapter’s inception, she has held several leadership positions including President (twice), Vice President (twice), Parliamentarian, along with having chaired numerous committees.

As a certified Membership Intake Trainer (MIT), Monica has been a Delta Internal Development Trainer (DID) since 2006. Regionally, she again served in a leadership position, twice. Soror Owens has served as the South Carolina State Secretary during the administration of two Regional Directors, Soror Yvette G. Robinson and Soror Linda R. Wilson. Under the leadership of Soror Andria M. Jefferies, 16th South Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Owens served for five years as the chair for the Investigative Task Force to probe all violations to Delta’s Code of Conduct.

“For I know the plans the I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11


SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FACILITATOR Gamma Chi Chapter • Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC • scfacilitatorbarnes@gmail.com


ppointed as the South Carolina State Facilitator in July 2016 by Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg, Soror Jordan Barnes became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in April of 2016 initiated through the Gamma Chi Chapter at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. This sorority year she has had the opportunity to serve as her chapter’s Corresponding Secretary. Soror Barnes is a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry. She will receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Claflin University in May 2017. Her plans after graduation are to become a dentist. My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness. 12


Meet Virginia’s

serve in elected and appointed positions in the Newport News Alumnae and Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapters and as a charter member of the Denbigh Alumnae Chapter. Soror Lewis is looking forward to her new leadership role as the Virginia State Coordinator. First and foremost, she wants to urge and support Virginia State Chapters to set and accomplish goals set forth by our Regional Director, Soror Massenburg. Soror Lewis plans to increase participation among Virginia sorors in statewide and regional events and encourage chapters to increase their visibility in the communities they serve. She wants chapters to know she is a resource and that she’s available to help them reach their goals. Soror Lewis can be reached by email at vacoordinatorlewis@gmail.com.

State Coordinator and Facilitator WRITTEN BY PAIGE HAIRSTON

A. MICHELLE LEWIS VIRGINIA STATE COORDINATOR Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter • Alexandria, VA vacoordinatorlewis@gmail.com


ppointed by Regional Director, Soror Juanita

Massenburg in July 2016, Soror A. Michelle Lewis is Virginia’s newest State Coordinator. Soror Lewis was initiated into the Newport News Alumnae Chapter in March 1992. Over the past 25 years, Soror Lewis served in various leadership roles which facilitated her ability to build great relationships with chapters within the region. She’s had the opportunity to

JULIA IVY CHAVIS VIRGINIA STATE FACILITATOR Gamma Iota Chapter Hampton, University, Hampton, VA vafacilitatorchavis@gmail.com “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” — Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV) 5

ppointed the Virginia State Facilitator in July 2016, Soror Julia Ivy

Chavis became a member of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in February of 2016 at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. In addition to her role as State Facilitator, Soror Chavis serves as the chair of the Internal Audit committee, as well as a member of the Program Planning and Development Committee in her chapter. Soror Chavis is a fourth year student from Raleigh, NC. She is in a five year MBA program with a minor in leadership studies on the Pre-Law Track. Upon graduating with her MBA she will be starting a career in consulting, and later pursue a law degree to become a corporate attorney. Her goals for the region is to soothe the transition between collegiate life and alumnae life. Soror Chavis also wants to create a region-wide service initiative that all chapters in the region can participate in. 13

Regional Officers

Deloris Baker hargrow REGIONAL SECRETARY

Rev. Trish harleston REGIONAL SECRETARY

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.

Ps. 118:24

1 Cor. 15:10

Typically most women don’t leave home without a few essentials: lipstick, wallet, purse and cellphone. For Soror Deloris Hargrow, she never leaves home without technology. “My dearest and best friend has now become the computer, I never leave home without it.”

As Regional Chaplain, Soror Trish Harleston’s day may involve outreach, or handling administrative tasks, among other things. Even though her days are busy, Harleston says the chance to support Sorors in this role is humbling. “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve my sorority in this ministerial capacity.”

Hargrow, our new South Atlantic Regional Secretary has consistently served Delta in a number of capacities since joining our sisterhood in 1994. Those roles include: Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and two terms as Chapter President.

As Chaplain, Harleston oversees the SA Chaplain Council. The group of 15 collegiate and alumnae members, is charged with reaching all Sorors whom desire prayer, in addition to conducting monthly manna.

Hargrow has indeed moved up and is currently settling into new responsibilities. Hence, she works meticulously with our South Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Juanita Massenburg to disseminate important Delta information throughout the region. However it’s receiving a stamp of approval from Soror Massenburg that Hargrow is most thankful for. “I am honored to help her carry out the vision she has for the South Atlantic and I am honored she has the confidence in me to do the job as Regional Secretary.”

These projects, says Harleston, are what she will remember when her term concludes as a member of the SA Leadership Team. “I was part of the team under our SA Regional Director Massenburg who succeeded at keeping the South Atlantic Region sensational.”


Regional Officers

bridgette Wilson REGIONAL journalist

Frances McIver REGIONAL parliamentarian

Either you can pray or you can worry. You can’t do both.

Unto whom much is given, much is required. Soror Frances Hairston McIver was appointed as the Regional Parliamentarian by Regional Director Juanita Massenburg. Soror McIver was initiated into the Alpha Lambda Chapter of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) 50 years ago. She is a member of the Durham Alumnae Chapter and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Durham Alumnae Delta House, Inc. She was past president of the Durham chapter and has served on numerous local, regional and national committees. She and her husband, Willie Jerome recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary. Soror McIver is the proud mother of two sons and five grandchildren.

As a mother of five children, Soror Bridgette Wilson is always busy and always multitasking. She is very similar to Regional Secretary Hargrow, in that she stays very close to her laptop, tablet and cell phone. As the current Chapter Journalist for Raleigh Alumnae, she never knows when she will get a call from a soror needing technical support or looking for a committee file. So, when she was asked to serve as the Regional Journalist by Soror Massenburg she was honored and she knew that she was prepared for the challenge. Soror Wilson was initiated into Gamma Lambda at Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 1993. After graduation, she was active with Charlotte Alumnae for a short while before relocating to Raleigh NC. She joined Raleigh Alumnae Chapter (RAC) in 2000 and has been going strong ever since. She has served in several leadership capacities within RAC and believes fervently that it takes all of us to move the dial of change.

Soror McIver graduated from NCCU in 1969 with a BS in mathematics. She retired with thirty years of service from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she managed a team of programmers and analysts much like Dorothy Vaughan in the hit movie “Hidden Figures.”


Regional Officers

selena jacobs Asst. journalist

kaye webb asst. parliamentarian

State SecretAries


alfreda bryant NC state SECRETARY


joni williams SC State SECRETARY

fanchon glover VA state SECRETARY 16

Regional Committees Advisor’s Circle Wanda Page, Chair

Leadership Fellows Princess McEvelry, Chair

Arts and Letters Cynthia Alston Bell, Chair

Membership Intake Joni Hicks, Chair

Chaplain’s Council Rev. Trish Harleston, Chair

Membership Services Miranda Moore, Chair

Collegiate Transition Task Force ShaVon Johnson Summers, Chair

Nominating Committee Patricia Johnson, Chair

Communications Committee Kimberly Bracy, Chair

Program Planning and Development Lisa Downey Hood, Chair

Delta Dears Carolyn Henderson, Chair

Protocol and Tradition Pamela M. Lewis, Chair

DID Committee Sharon Parish, Chair

Reclamation Suzette Morgan, Chair

Economic Development Tabitha Turman, Chair

Regional Choir Shellena Atlas, Chair

Education Awareness Linda Meeks Holton, Chair

Rehabilitation Glenell S. Smoot, Chair

Emergency Response Task Force Vicki Morgan, Chair

Risk Management Azzie Conley, Chair

Health Awareness Dr. Joan Packenham, Chair

Ritual and Ceremonies Jean Patterson, Chair

Heritage and Archives Charnette Singleton, Chair

Social Action Dena King, Chair

International Awareness Dr. Robin Davis, Chair

STEM Sharon Beard, Chair

Investigative Task Force Natasha Palmer, Chair

Strategic Planning Demetrics Davis, Chair Technology Rhonda Long, Chair 17



o t r a in or th e loomin g threat of Hurri cane Matt hew st opped S o ro rs from g ath er in g Oct ober 7- 8 i n Ral ei gh, N.C . f or t he 20 16 L e a d er sh ip M eetin g of t he sensati onal Sout h Atl anti c Regi on. Th e m e e t ing in clu ded n a tional st af f , Chapt er Presi d ent s, Pri m ary A d v iso r s, M I T a n d DI D Tr a in er s, f or m er Regi onal Di rectors and the S A L e a d e r s h ip Tea m an d commi tt ee m em bers. L e d b y t h e dy n a mic team of Regi onal Di rector, Soror Juani t a B . M a sse n b u r g an d R eg ion al R epresentati ve, Soror Si erra Cunni ngham , t h e b u sin e ss of D elta was jam packed i nto tw o d ays. The Friday night itinerary included break-out Sessions for committee chairs, a collegiate conversation and chapter president meeting. Soror Taylor McCain, National Second Vice President warmly greeted the sorors in attendance.


Sorors rested and began Delta business again on Saturday with workshops, group meetings, and regional committee reports. Two of the day’s highlights were the State of The Region address and the keynote speaker. Soror Massenburg and Soror Cunningham shared information about the region regarding membership, chapters and region initiatives. The keynote speaker was Soror Beverly E. Smith, National First Vice President. Smith shared information on sorority challenges as it relates to membership intake as well as our triumphs with social action initiatives. Soror Katrina Young, member of the Regional Member Services Committee drove from Charlotte. She says the weekend was worth the trip, despite threats of inclement weather. “There was a great deal of information shared.” In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sorors contributed to InterAct of Wake County and also participated in an elephant exchange sisterhood activity. (l-r) Regional Representative Sierra Cunningham, National Vice President Beverly E. Smith, and SA Regional Director Juanita B. Massenburg

(l-r seated) Sorors Melissa Hayban, Selene Brent, Juanita Massenburg, Sierra Cunningham, Michelle Lewis, Julia Ivy Chavis. (l-r standing) Sorors Alfreda Bryant, Trish Harleston, Jordan Barnes, Monica Owens, Joni Williams, Deloris Baker Hargrow, Fanchon Glover. 19


Oct. 8-9, 2016 • Raleigh, NC



Oct. 8-9, 2016 • Raleigh, NC


Written by Kasonya Blevins

The Summit 7 “Hazing Prevention Transparency in Sisterhood: Be all you are meant to be” was held in Orlando Florida, October 20-22. This summit like previous summits was designated to address issues of time to help us gain a greater understanding of our role in not only identifying problems but also foster dialogue around developing solution. This summit opened with a wonderful address from our very own National President, Paulette Walker and other past National Presidents. As explained by National President Walker addressing the question “Why a hazing summit?”… Simply put we must STOP Hazing. Throughout the entire weekend we participated in 5 Summit Sessions. These sessions included training, discussions and reflection on topics such as School Haze: The history and evolution of Hazing, Pledging and Intake, Global and Personal Impact of Hazing and the Invisible Side of Hazing. Hazing is not only physical abuse it can impact individuals mentally and emotionally. Additionally we had the fortunate opportunity to witness and participate in a Mock Trial of a litigated trial. The liability of hazing is not the sole responsibility of our National officers it is all of us and we will all be held accountable to our actions. There were many great takeaways from this summit. Most important if you see something you must say something. It is simply up to you, every last one of us to individually and collectively stop hazing. The stakes are high and we have much too lose if we do not stand with courage and speak out, speak up and speak against Hazing. The future of our sisterhood and our great organization is too valuable to allow Hazing to jeopardize our existence. It is up to all of us to redefine leadership and tradition by reclaiming the true purpose of Greek Letter Organizations. 22

SOROR FRANKIE MUSE FREEMAN TURNS 100 W R ITTE N BY SONDR A H INES Reaching a Centennial is a big deal. Therefore on Saturday, November 12, 2016, an event appropriate for a queen was held in St. Louis, Missouri for 14th National President Soror Frankie Muse Freeman. Sorors were encouraged to forward birthday wishes for a presentation during the event. Freeman’s event was celebrated in grand style, including Delta’s National President, Executive Board members, Past National Presidents and other Sorors. A history-making attorney and civil rights reformer, Freeman, born November 24, 1916 in Danville, Virginia, served as National President from 1967 to 1971. In 1933, at age sixteen, Muse enrolled at Hampton Institute. In 1944, she was admitted to Howard University Law School and received a law degree in 1947. During her tenure as National President, she remained vocal about the rights of all. For example, in the 1960’s, Freeman traveled the country collecting shocking first-hand accounts of racial discrimination. Therefore it was no surprise that she was the first woman named to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Freeman served 16 years, through four presidential administrations–Lyndon B. Johnson, (who nominated her), and Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, who subsequently reappointed her. She has an illustrious career in law, beginning her career in St. Louis in 1949, as legal counsel to the NAACP. A befitting tribute; the St. Louis City NAACP held a birthday gala for Freeman and unveiled a rendering for a life size bronze sculpture. Soror Freeman has a myriad of accomplishments, to include: member of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, and National Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. She also published her memoirs in a book, A Song of Faith and Hope. Freeman is the sister of Soror Allie Muse Peebles, who was a beloved educator, journalist and social activist in the Raleigh Community for 70 years. 23

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AHOSKIE ALUMNAE LEADS COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE DIVINE NINE After attending “Delta Days at the State Capitol” in Raleigh, NC, several members of the Ahoskie Alumnae Chapter were motivated to return home to develop a voting strategic plan for the Roanoke-Chowan area citizens that would educate and prepare them for the 2016 General Election. Led by the Deltas, members representing all Greek organizations of “The Divine Nine,” met and developed a plan that is committed and dedicated to public service and includes Voter Registration, educational forums on voting, transporting citizens to the polls, and phone contacts. Participants were also trained to serve as poll watchers on Election Day. Mrs. Estella Simons, Ahoskie Alumnae Chapter, age 99, reported to the polls at 6:00 a.m. on early voting days and on Election Day. Her dedication to public service and to Delta Sigma Theta is remarkable and noteworthy.

AIKEN ALUMNAE EMBRACES PROJECT 13 Aiken Alumnae Chapter is one of the sensational chapters in the South Atlantic Region. They have 57 financial sorors that work towards Delta’s mission, purpose, and Five-Point Programmatic Thrust initiatives. One of their successful and ongoing service activities for this year is Project 13. This year, they adopted a single mother along with her five young children. They have met with the mother and connected her with several resources in the community to help her identify and set up goals to accomplish such as: GED program, parental counseling, budgeting/financial counseling, spiritual growth, and experience cultural/social events. Aiken Alumnae is happy to reach out to their community and help those who are in need. 24

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ANDERSON ALUMNAE TAKES A STAND ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING FORUMS Domestic violence and human trafficking continue to be a threat to our relationships, families and communities. The Anderson Alumnae chapter, collaborating with the Kappa Gamma Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., hosted its 2nd annual Domestic Violence forum which brought together law enforcement, counselors, community leaders and survivors for a night of sharing, healing and hope. In South Carolina alone, there were 2,796 adults and children who sought emergency shelter this past year and the state consistently ranks in the top-10 in the nation in the rate of women killed by men (SCAADVASA.org, 2016). Human trafficking disproportionately impacts the upstate because of exploitation across the I-85 corridor. Sorors worked tirelessly to bring awareness to hidden crimes like Domestic Violence and Human trafficking in collaboration with community partners like Switch Upstate. Together, the social action initiatives have brought hundreds together to fight for and bring awareness to these social injustices.

THE FULFUILLING WORK OF BEING SATURDAY SERVANTS Although public service is a year round initiative, each Saturday in October sorors of the Anderson Alumnae chapter dedicate their time to preparing, packing and delivering packed lunches of sandwiches, fruits, and healthy snacks to low-income communities in the Anderson area. Food and supplies are laid out across an empty gym as chapter members gather early on Saturday morning to prepare brown bags of nourishment. These bags are shared in areas where families live at or below the poverty line, that are known food deserts, and where older adults and the disabled reside have little access to groceries. Local college students often help prepare food as a part of service-learning opportunities while learning about the vision of Delta and the work of Anderson Alumnae. The work of is rewarded by the afternoons of prayer, smiles, and full-tummies had by the men, women, and children that are most in need. 25

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BEAUFORT (SC) ALUMNAE THIRD ANNUAL BIKE GIVEWAY For the past three years, during the month of December, the Beaufort Alumnae Chapter members have donated bicycles to 22 girls and boys at the eleven elementary schools in our service area. This also honors the 22 founders of our illustrious Sorority. The bicycles are donated by sorors of Beaufort Alumnae as well as members of the community. The event is held the third Saturday in December at Plaza Theaters. The children and their parents see a movie and after the movie, presented with their bicycles.

CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO AREA ALUMNAE HEEDS THE CALL TO VOTE EARLY AND TAKE A FRIEND Members of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter, voted together on the first day of early voting in Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough and Pittsboro. The First Day Voting Initiative was organized by the chapter ’s Social Action Committee, chaired by Soror Sybil Henderson and co-chair Soror Mary Phillips. On the first day, 45 chapter members participated in early voting. The activity was designed to set an example for the community and encourage others to vote early and vote together. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter has won four regional and national sorority awards for its Political Action programs in the last three years including two first place awards for its “Get-Out-The-Vote” and “Women Running for Public Office” programs. The chapter is comprised of 98 members and serves northern and southern Orange County, as well as Chatham County, North Carolina with programs and service projects. Soror Lorraine Coleman is Chapter President. 26

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CHESTERFIELD ALUMNAE TEACHES YOUTH ABOUT GIVING & HOSTS ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA TEACHING THE YOUTH THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING In November 2016, members of the Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter began preparing the youth initiative members with life lessons on giving. The chapter sponsored its annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive with help from our friends at Food Lion, Wal-Mart and those Sensational Chapter Members. The members of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS, and the EMBODI programs spent the morning assembling baskets with food items. Program leaders shared with the youth various tools and reasons for reaching out to and giving back to the community. They filled the baskets with a Ham, Turkey and other perishable and nonperishable food items. The baskets enabled 30 families to have a complete Thanksgiving meal. For the last six years, Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter has been preparing baskets to donate to families in need during the holiday season. Baskets were also given to families during the Christmas Holiday to combat hunger in the community.

BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK BREAKFAST WITH SANTA This event featured collaboration with various agencies in the community. The youth were given an opportunity to replenish school supplies for the remainder of the school year. Our pre-school aged children were presented with a Christmas gift and age appropriate books. Our other goal was to ensure that the students that reside in this community had an opportunity to be exposed to the same Christmas traditions as in other communities. Therefore, we brought programs and services to them, which included being served a healthy and fun filled breakfast. A story-telling section was open to the youth and their parents which focused on riveting stories about Christmas and Kwanzaa. The highlight of the morning was the arrival of Santa Claus. Each family received a free picture with Santa. To top the day each child had the opportunity to visit the “candy station� as well as have balloons made specifically for them. 27

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Concord and Salisbury Alumnae Chapters put their collective talents together to raise AIDS awareness and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in our communities. The result, was a World AIDS event, “Act Against AIDS.” The gathering featured free HIV/AIDS information and free HIV testing, provided by the Cabarrus Health Alliance. The event’s highlight was a keynote lecture by speaker DeVondia Roseborough, a local author and AIDS activist. Roseborough, diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and is now living with AIDS, shared her powerful story of triumph through adversity. Her moving testimony was followed by a robust Q&A session, facilitated by physician, Dr. Lester Brown. In summary, the event designed to educate and empower attendees, received positive feedback from those whom attended.


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DENBIGH ALUMNAE SHARE THEIR TIME AND TALENTS WITH OTHERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS COOKIES = SMILES The Denbigh Alumnae Chapter (Newport News, Virginia) was busy this holiday season sharing their blessings with others. In December, they spent an evening at The Menchville House, a 501 (c) 3 organization with a forty-six-bed emergency housing facility for homeless families. Sorors spent the evening putting smiles on the faces of the fifteen children who live there by facilitating a cookie decorating event. Sorors and the children had lots of fun seeing who could create the prettiest, funniest and most unique cookie of the evening! The most fun of the evening was eating the delicious cookies and the seeing the bright smiles on the faces of the children in attendance as they learned that others care about them and they are important and special to us!

RINGING THE BELLS FOR A GOOD CAUSE The Denbigh Alumnae Chapter answered the call of serive when they came out in numbers to ring the Salvation Army bell at Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, VA. They joined forces with other Greek letter organizations through the Peninsula Pan-Hellenic Council. Each organization took a time slot to spread holiday cheer with smiles, caroling, and friendly greetings to encourage others to look into their hearts and wallets to share a monetary donation to remember the real reason for the season. It is a time that Denbigh Alumnae sorors bring their children and grandchildren to allow them to experience the joy of giving back to the community. It was very rewarding to sing Christmas carols, greet shoppers with a smile and warm hello, and thank donors for their kindness towards others during the holiday season!


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DURHAM ALUMNAE HIGHLIGHTS YEAR OF SERVICE The Durham Alumnae Chapter (DAC) kicked off the year with support and congratulation to our very own chapter member Juanita Massenburg for being elected the 17th South Atlantic Regional Director at the 2016 SAR Conference. Membership Services Committee welcomed sorors back from the summer break with the Delta Roundup event full of fun, food, fellowship and 12 sorors were reclaimed during that time. International Awareness Committee partnered with Delta Gems and Delta Academy to collect household essentials for the Addis Jemari Safe House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in an effort to break the cycle of poverty. DAC joined other local organizations in raising money for the St. Jude Walk Run to fight an end to childhood cancer through research on a beautiful sunny fall day. To conclude an amazing year of community service and giving, sorors gathered at J.J. Henderson Housing Center to deliver cleaning supplies, a seasonal spiritual message, food and fellowship to the elderly living in the senior community center.

FAIRFAX ALUMNAE CELEBRATES OPENING OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE The Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter ’s Arts & Letters Committee put out the call to fellowship during the weekend-long Freedom Sounds Festival for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Sorors met on the morning of September 24 with the nervous anticipation of large crowds and mass transit delays. Through road closures and long stretches of fencedin areas, sorors managed to locate other chapter sorors. This was history in the making. There was a special feeling in the air; the feeling of a renewed sense of pride and awareness. This feeling was amplified at the end of the opening ceremony by the ringing of the “Freedom Bell” from a church in Williamsburg VA founded in 1776; the same year the colonies declared independence from England. The mood continued to resonate, as there was still plenty to see and do afterwards. Some even braved the long lines in the middle of opening day with timed passes to enter the museum. After a three hour wait with plenty of in-line entertainment, we entered what seemed like hallowed grounds. We left refreshed, inspired, and recharged with a new sense of purpose and the desire to do better. 30

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FAYETTEVILLE ALUMNAE MAKES A DIFFERENCE WITH OPERATION INASMUCH On the fifth Friday of every month, for the past several years, members of the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter have volunteered at Operation Inasmuch. Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit organization that employs proven models to motivate, train, and equip churches and other organizations to move into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities. We are breakfast service volunteers and serve hot-plated breakfast, table-side to the homeless and less fortunate (including family members). The monthly average of individual meals served is 2,452. The breakdown includes: 1,459 men, 593 women, 56 children, and 344 veterans. Operation Inasmuch has impacted Fayetteville and Cumberland County, North Carolina through their selfless commitment in helping less fortunate families. As a sisterhood of service we look forward to volunteering at Operation Inasmuch and other community agencies.


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FREDERICKSBURG AREA ALUMNAE HONORS VETERANS & PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL 5K HONORING THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLIDER Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter participated in the formal ceremony of the laying of a wreath on October 29th, 2016 at Arlington Cemetery. This ceremony location was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, attended by ceremonial units from the uniformed services. FAAC members donated a wreath to pay formal respects to the sacrifice of America’s veterans in foreign wars by placing a wreath before the Tomb. This ritual is understood in every culture. The floral arrangements bespoke both the beauty and the brevity of life and evoked memories of the past.

THE RUN AGAINST TEEN VIOLENCE Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter participates annually in the Baron P. Braswell Run Against Teen Violence. In September 2016, the FAAC provided volunteers to assist with parking and their Delta GEMS and Delta Academy girls supported the event by volunteering to hand out water to the runners as they completed the race and they managed the fruit and snack table. FAAC provided an informational table with voter registration and had voter applications available for the community. The chapter members were wonderful in cheering for the runners throughout the route and the chapter had many members who ran the 5k event. The proceeds from the event go toward a memorial scholarship fund that benefits college-bound seniors graduating from public schools in the serve area of FAAC which include the city of Fredericksburg and counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline.


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HILTON HEAD ISLAND-BLUFFTON ALUMNAE ON THE MOVE FOR 2016 ELECTION & RAISE THE WALLS FOR A LOCAL FAMILY HHIBAC MAKES AN IMPACT ON ELECTION 2016 In September, a presentation for voter registration was developed and provided all chapter members for use at their individual churches for voter registration efforts. The presentation was shown at two local churches. Ten citizens were registered so that they could vote in local, state, and national elections in November. Voter registration was also conducted at the Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Bluffton, SC. Our chapter president, Soror Pamela Redmon distributed flyers about the voter registration to the sixtytwo houses in Brendan Woods and another twelve houses in New Hope Village. The chapter also had sorors who served as poll workers. Soror Patricia Felton-Montgomery, chair of the Political Awareness and Involvement Committee of the chapter, ran for the competitive District 6 seat on the Beaufort County Board of Education and won on November 8, 2016 with 61% of the vote. HHIBAC made tremendous strides to be politically active in their local community.

INSIPRING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY & HOPE HHIBAC sorors certainly made an impact, and according to Pat Wirth, President and CEO of the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, ”they made a statement” at the Hilton Head Island Glen Habitat for Humanity Community Women Build event on December 15, 2016. Sorors wore red and white, hammered nails and raised the walls for the Harris Family Habitat for Humanity (H4H) Home. There were approximately 70 volunteers to help raise the outside walls of a “Women Build House.” Women in Philanthropy (WIP), primary sponsor of the “Women Build House,” provided a $50,000 grant. Their 2016 grant theme, Provide Safe Shelter for our Citizens – Crisis, Temporary, and Permanent. The collaborative efforts of WIP, H4H, and HHIBAC will impact and uplift residents in our service area.


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KNIGHTDALE-WAKE FOREST ALUMNAE CELEBRATES BACK TO SCHOOL & CARES FOR THE ELDERLY KWFAC HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL EAST WAKE COMMUNITY DAY In August 2016, the Knightdale-Wake Forest Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated hosted its 2nd Annual East Wake Community Day. This phenomenal event was held at the Zebulon Boys and Girls Club and had well over 200 attendees. East Wake Community Day was a full day of programming and activities for both the parents and children. Parent workshops were presented by Wake County Public Schools (Parent Engagement and Literacy Departments), Suntrust Bank, Global Life Insurance and Interact. The children in attendance enjoyed step shows, dancing contests, line dancing, games and Zebulon Fire Truck tours. This fun-filled day concluded with the youth enjoying a hotdog lunch and receiving backpacks and school supplies.

WHITE STOCKING PROJECT For the 2016 Holiday Season, Delta Academy and EMBODI continued a legacy that was started by the Knightdale-Wake Forest Chapter Founders. In order to support elderly community members who live in adult care homes in the chapter ’s service area, the committee chairs reached out to facilities in Zebulon and Wendell to determine which facility had the greatest need. The Knightdale-Wake Forest Chapter members and community volunteers collected enough items to serve over 30 members of the Zebulon Rehabilitation Care Home. Each resident received 3 pairs of socks and a pack of tissue. In addition to their individual gift bags, many residents will receive body wash and lotion.


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LOUDOUN COUNTY ALUMNAE ASSISTS IN HISTORIC CLEAN-UP Members of Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter pooled their efforts to clean up a historic school when it was maliciously defaced with vulgar images and racial slurs. The old Ashburn Colored School building, which dates to 1892, was the only source of education for local African Americans until 1959. For years the facility sat unnoticed, until recently when the Loudoun School for the Gifted, began raising funds to restore the building. The increased public awareness led to vandals defacing the historic landmark with graffiti that covered three sides of the structure with the Nazi swastika, as well as racist slogans. Chapter members spent the day assisting with painting, sweeping and wall washing. Within hours the Ashburn Colored School House was transformed from a symbol of hate to one of love. A former student of the school put it best, “the school was a place of love for all of the African American students in the area and it has once again been made a place of love for the Loudoun community.”

RALEIGH ALUMNAE PARTICIPATES IN DAY OF SERVICE Martin Luther King Day is not just a day off, the means to a 3-day weekend and a chance to sleep in. For many, it is a day to acknowledge the contributions of the man who changed the trajectory of the black community. The bible says “write the vision and make it plain…” God gave him the vision and a little more than 50 years ago he became a change agent whose legacy still lives. Following the example of our Founders and Dr. King, members of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter volunteered around the community to make a difference. Sorors volunteered with the United Way’s Martin Luther King Day of Service where they created soup mixes for area food pantries; others volunteered at Watts Chapel Church’s “Stop Hunger Now” where over 40,000 meals were packed to be shipped all over the world. We may have our choice of eating anything we want, but there are those not sure where they’ll get their next meal. Deltas always try to make a difference and the sorors of Raleigh Alumnae Chapter are committed to doing just that.


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RICHLAND COUNTY ALUMNAE SERVES SICKLE CELL PATIENTS The Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Columbia, South Carolina participated in the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation’s Annual Giving Tree Party for children with sickle cell disease and their siblings. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells that commonly affects minorities, especially African Americans. The chapter members served over 30 youth and donated $500 in gifts and gift cards to the impacted families. Sorors collected monetary donations, gift cards, and items for teens such as earbuds, selfie sticks, remote controlled toys, and bath lotions to distribute to the children. Sorors also assisted the Sickle Cell Foundation in several capacities including organizing the toys, event setup, and serving refreshments. The event was a huge success and each child left happy with a bag full of toys making their holiday merry and bright.


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ROANOKE ALUMNAE INTRODUCES PILLOW PROJECT & SUMMER READING PROGRAM INITIATIVE PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter held its kick-off for the Precious Pearls Program with nine young girls at Lincoln Terrace Elementary. Soror Diane Jones introduced the girls to the Pillowcase Project, developed by the American Red Cross and sponsored by Disney. The Pillowcase Project teaches students in grades 3-5 about emergency preparedness and coping skills. After learning about items to pack in the pillowcases, the girls colored and decorated their own pillowcases. The girls discussed what to do in the case of a fire and during other emergencies. They were asked to share their knowledge with parents and family.

BLACK BOYS READ TOO The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter held its second EMBODI summer reading initiative “BLACK BOYS READ, TOO,” in August 2016. Twentyfour boys in grades kindergarten through 5th grade accepted the challenge to read 15 books over 30 days in July. Each participant received $15.00 and a bag of school supplies. They were chosen from Virginia Allstars AAU basketball team, the Renaissance Academy and individuals from the community. This program originated in an attempt to follow President Obama’s initiative in “My Brother ’s keeper.” The goal was to capture and address the issues that have related to African American boys and to improve their educational achievement. It was stated that from grades first to third, children learn to read and from 4th grade on, children read to learn.


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ROCKY MOUNT ALUMNAE HAVE A TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE The Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter gathered for their annual prayer breakfast “Just A Little Talk,” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness, in December 2016. The event was to highlight domestic violence awareness and provide a resource for those in the community, as well as Sorors. The program’s goal was to entice victims to talk to someone and continue to dialogue with a counselor, friend, or seek spiritual healing should a need arise. Highlights of the event included praise dancing, prayers led by area ministers and chapter member Pastor Audrey McCarter-Hedgepeth and a solo from Soror Kandi Phillips. Soror Katrina Fordham of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter was the keynote speaker. Soror Fordham chronicled her domestic violence triumphs including abandonment, attempted suicide and abuse in her book Protected for Purpose.

SUFFOLK ALUMNAE PRESS AIDS AWARENESS The Suffolk Alumnae Chapter hosted an illumination service for World AIDS Day. Those that attended, honored the lives that have been lost to AIDS and those who are currently battling the disease. The ceremony was a part of the chapter ’s annual theme, Act Against AIDS: From A to Z (AIDS DEATHS to ZERO) which is intended to increase awareness and to minimize disease rates in the area. The chapter also had pamphlets and contact information for local organizations specializing in AIDS awareness programs. Additionally, the women collected toiletry donations for the Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce. The illumination service is one of many community programs that Suffolk County Alumnae holds. For Thanksgiving, the sorors gathered baskets for the needy. For Christmas, they gave gift cards to the less fortunate for holiday shopping.


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SUMMERVILLE ALUMNAE JOURNEYS TO WELLNESS Summerville (SC) Alumnae Chapter, under the aegis of first term President Faith Nelson Mouzon, established three new chapter activities directed toward impacting the health and wellbeing of the Chapter and their Community. At their annual retreat in August, the Chapter kicked off their version of the Delta S.I.Z.E.D. Program with a wonderfully invigorating Belly Dancing Session, complete with costumes, music and everything necessary to transform their rural surroundings into a Sultan’s palace in the Ottoman Empire. Summerville Alumnae is committed to this simple tenet of healthy living: “To live a healthy lifestyle, choose healthy foods, fit more exercise and physical activity into daily routines, and practice good hygiene.” The Chapter invites all sorors in the South Atlantic Region to visit their Instagram (SummervilleAlumnaedst) and join them in their Journey to Wellness.

WALTERBORO ALUMNAE SPONSORS FADE 2 READ LITERACY PROGRAM The Walterboro Alumnae (SC) Chapter sponsored two book drives to support the “Fade 2 Read” literacy program. The program aims to cultivate a love of reading in youth. All donated books have characters of color to provide children with positive representations of who they are and who they can become. Samantha Boyd and Shiree Fowler, established the program and are working to expand it throughout South Carolina. The chapter accepted donations of over 150 books from various community members and churches in Colleton and Hampton counties, as well as a monetary donation to the program. 39

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WESTERN WAKE ALUMNAE HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL RED SHOE AFFAIR The Western Wake Alumnae Chapter hosted its Third Annual Red Shoe Affair & Fashion Show in October 2016 to raise scholarship funds for deserving students in western portion of Wake county. The event kicked off with a pre-dinner reception that allowed time to shop with vendors, bid on silent auction items and purchase tickets for a 50/50 raffle. Following dinner, Western Wake Alumnae Sorors strutted the runway in their “Red Shoes.” The main event was the professional models from Silk Fashions Runway Entertainment directed by designer Mable Dunn-Johnson.

WILLIAMSBURG ALUMNAE HONORS DELTA DEARS Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter Membership Services Committee honored their Devastating and Delightful Delta Dears with a Paint Party. Sorors proudly displayed their work of art. The event was an opportunity for Delta Dears and other chapter members to fellowship in the name of Sisterhood.


Charlotte Alumnae Celebrates

75 Years of Service

Written by Melissa Deas and Sondra Hines

Established in 1941


CAC sorors stand outside WSOC-TV after donating 75 coats on live television.

embers of Charlotte Alumnae kicked off its season long community celebration commemorating 75 years of service. It was appropriate the first activity – “75 Acts of Kindness Day of Service,” was held on Founders Day. Sorors conducted several city wide service activities: donating 75+ coats live on TV, serving lunch at the Salvation Army women’s shelter and delivering surprise baskets of goodies to local educators and civil servants. An event highlight was serving breakfast to the staff at West Charlotte Senior High, one of two historically black high schools. A Title I school, employees face incredible daily challenges. “This is so fantastic! We are humbled by the outpouring of love to our staff,” says Monica Martin, West Charlotte High’s IB program coordinator. The celebration continued the following morning as sorors, Delta GEMS and Delta Academy members participated in the annual MLK parade. Former CAC chapter presidents, rode a stunning float, surrounded by a sea of Delta Red Sorors. Saturday afternoon, 200+ sorors and guests fellowshipped for an Art & Letters Red Carpet event, at the movie “Hidden Figures.” On Sunday, members were encouraged to attend church with another soror. The chapter will be engaged in other events to highlight its commitment to the Charlotte area, including: Feed The Needy Food Drive (January-May) Go Red For Women (February), Third Annual Sorority Greek Health Olympics (March), 38th Debutante Cotillion (April), Eighth Annual Community Day (April), Second Annual Stop Hunger Meal Packing (May) and Habitat For Humanity Build (May). “The need to play a role in an inclusive, diverse Charlotte with opportunity for all, is critical to our mission as an organization,” says Pamela Lewis Murphy, President Charlotte Alumnae Chapter. “Community service is at the heart of the work performed

CAC sorors delivered a delivered small tokens of appreciation to the teachers and staff of West Charlotte High School.

by Charlotte Alumnae Chapter. We have dedicated ourselves to empowering our youth, families and neighborhoods through education, financial literacy, voter education, scholarship support for college and charitable donations for 75 years,” she says. The chapter is proud of its many notable “firsts” in the city of Charlotte; first black female mortician, Soror Ruth Powell; the first black female high school principal, Soror Virginia Shadd; the first black female optometrist, Soror Paula Newsome. Soror Dorothy Counts-Scoggins was the first black student to integrate CharlotteMecklenburg Schools. Soror Bertha Maxwell Roddey was the first Regional Director and the 20th National President from the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter. The celebration culminates on June 10, 2017, at the chapter’s 75th Anniversary Dinner, Gala and Silent Auction.

“The need to play a role in an inclusive, diverse Charlotte with opportunity for all, is critical to our mission as an organization.” —Soror Pamela Lewis Murphy, President


Voting Challenges in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Lumberton Alumnae Chapter Moves into Action!

LAC led the way to help potential disenfranchised voters.


state officials, FEMA, the housing authority, health department, DSS, mental health and other disaster recovery entities were also present. The meeting was an opportunity for needs to be addressed. Over 100 community members attended. Sorors made phone calls and provided polling information flyers to displaced voters, hotels and the FEMA center, e.g. rides to the poll, etc. LAC Sorors participated in election protection training and monitoring session presented by Democracy North Carolina. Due to chapter efforts: participants documented issues related to provisional and absentee ballots on Canvass Day. For example, 1,076 provisional ballots were rejected due to incomplete registration forms, no ID for first-time voters or proof of residence. The ballots were reviewed and 75 were accepted by Robeson County Board of Elections! As a result of the valiant efforts of sorors, the community received, up-to-date disaster recovery efforts, with next steps and expected time frames of disaster recovery needs. Displaced voters received critical information needed for voting. Additionally, voting issues were documented and ballots previously rejected were accepted by the Robeson County Board of Elections. The devastation of Hurricane Matthew impacted the voting process and emotionally traumatized the community. Although it has been a challenge, much has been done and much is still needed. However, Lumberton Alumnae Chapter played a vital role in supporting community needs.

LAC sorors are ready

n October 8, 2016, Hurri- to help the voters of cane Matthew brought utter devastation to Lumberton, Lumberton, NC. North Carolina. Several residents lost homes, businesses, cars, and food supplies for the season. The storm aftermath limited access to the ballot in communities that already struggled with limited accessibilities in health, housing, and education. The storm also shut down several polling sites and left political consequences for the 2016 election. Because our sorors are always prepared, Lumberton Alumnae Chapter (LAC) Social Action Co-chairs Sorors Johnson and Wayne organized a successful Voter Right program before the hurricane and completed voter drives across the Lumberton communities. In the midst of a storm, politics can seem insensitive when families’ day-to-day needs are absent. So, the LAC Social Action program moved into action to help mitigate the effects of Hurricane Matthew on voting rights, and the needs of the community. Chapter President Frankie Powell and Social Action Co-chairs collaborated with members of NPHC, to plan a disaster information community meeting. Local leaders (City, County),

Displaced voters received critical information needed for voting. Additionally, voting issues were documented and ballots previously rejected were accepted by the Robeson County Board of Elections.

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White Segregationist Name Removed From School Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Led the Way!

George M.Hampton Middle School

International Baccalaureate Authorized World School


Dr. Hampton and the committee that led the renaming effort.

embers of PWCAC successfully campaigned to remove the name of former segregationist Governor Mills Godwin from a school in Dale City, Virginia to Dr. George M. Hampton an African American, philanthropist, community activist and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Former Governor Godwin was one of the architects of the “Massive Resistance” to integrate schools. The movement closed schools for African Americans, and poor white students for five years. The effort to replace Governor Godwin’s name was directed by Soror Vera Fletcher and her husband, Emmitt Fletcher, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. They galvanized support from the community and the chapter. Sorors Tabatha Turman, Immediate Past Chapter President, Lillie Jessie, Vice Chairman, Prince William County Schools, Patricia House and Joanne Bagnerise were steadfast along with other chapter members in the renaming process. Members wrote letters and spoke at the school board meetings. The school was renamed on June 30, 2016.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for George M. Hampton Middle School.

Soror Patricia House speaking at the school board.

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On November 8, 2016, Soror Blake was elected District Court Judge in Mecklenburg County. Soror Blake ran on the platform of advancing the administration of justice with fairness, integrity, and respect. “My unique combination of legal training, law practice experience, and community and bar leadership have prepared me to serve our community as a District Court Judge. I have a proven track record of positively impacting our community through advocacy a nd relationship-building.” Soror Blake is a member of Charlotte Alumnae.

Soror Elaine Brown, a member of Charlotte Alumnae Chapter, was featured in Ebony Magazine’s commemorative issue dedicated to the legacy of President Barack H. Obama. The issue, “Hail to the Chief: Saluting Eight Years of Excellence,” includes photographs, articles and commentary honoring our first African American President. Soror Brown was interviewed for “Closing the Gap; A Leader For All Ages.” Soror Brown is a former chapter president and retired educator whom taught during integration.



Soror Lisa Blake, Lead Analyst Purchasing, has been a supplier diversity champion since 2010 and supports all of Altria’s Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) programs and initiatives. She was the recipient of the first Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year Award and has served as a role model for peers to follow on how to identify diverse suppliers for competitive activities. Soror Blake actively supported the SDD department at the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s events.

As a small business owner, Soror Vickie WilliamsCullins knows all too well the sacrifice it takes to run a company. Turning a passion for mediation into a business in 1999, she founded OPN-Door Communication LLC. It’s a corporate training firm that provides an outlet to help foster communication and conflict resolutions for businesses, families, and various relationships. In true sisterhood and service, Soror WilliamsCullins has taken her knowledge and experience in owning a business and advocates for fellow business owners, guiding them to find success. In September 2016, Soror Williams-Cullins was selected and appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Small Business Commission. She hopes through her tenure she will become an advocate for minority owned businesses and bring our issues to the forefront.

Soror Blake was initiated Fall, 1986 Gamma Tau (Tuskegee University). As a member of Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter, she currently serves as Co-Chair, Arts and Letters and Executive Board.


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RESIDENCE HALL NAMED IN HONOR OF DR. CARROLL HARDY WW Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter witnessed a day in history at The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) on October 18, 2016. Williamsburg Alumnae charter member, Dr. Carroll Hardy was honored posthumously during a dedication ceremony of the naming of Hardy Residence Hall, one of two buildings ever named for an African-American in the college’s history. During her fifteen year tenure as an administrator, Soror Hardy worked relentlessly to change the lives of numerous students of color. In her role as Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, she initiated the National Black Student Leadership Conference for college students, founded the Hulon Willis Association for William and Mary African-American alumni and launched 15 multicultural student organizations. Soror Hardy’s legacy as a trailblazer and commitment to diversity lives on as demonstrated by over 300 William and Mary alumni, faculty, staff and supporters who witnessed the unprecedented event.

SOROR HELENE FISHER APPOINTED PRESIDENT Soror Helene Fisher has been appointed President of Danya International LLC (DLH Danya). DLH Danya is a subsidiary of DLH Holdings Corporation, a leading provider of innovative healthcare services and solutions for the Federal Government. Soror Fisher will lead operations for customers mainly in the civilian agencies. Soror Fisher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Prairie View A&M University, a Master of Arts degree in Computer Information and Resources from Webster University and certifications in Project Management Professional and Information Technology Infrastructure Library. She served as Captain in the United States Army Signal Corp. Soror Fisher was initiated at Prairie View A&M University. She is currently Vice President and Membership Chair of the Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in Chantilly, Virginia and a member of the Northern Virginia Section of the National Council of Negro Women.


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Thomas Nelson Community College recently honored Soror Golden Bethune-Hill at its 11th Annual Presidential Leadership Award Ceremony for her unwavering commitment to service. Her dedication to service has become a lifelong mission. In November 2010, Soror Golden Bethune-Hill founded the Community Free Clinic of Newport News. This clinic provides primary medical and dental care for uninsured residents who would never receive health care without this service. Community volunteers continuously support the clinic. Specifically, sorors of Newport News Alumnae have given upwards of 1,000 hours annually in service. Hampton University also awarded Soror Golden Bethune-Hill with the Presidential Citizenship Award in 2016.

Denbigh Alumnae Chapter selected Soror Marilyn Johnson (pictured on the right) as Greek of the Year at the Peninsula PanHellenic 2016 Greek of the Year Banquet in Newport News, Virginia. Soror Johnson was initiated at Denbigh Alumnae Chapter in Spring 2010. Since her initiation, she has served as an active member of the sorority and is very supportive of all the programs and community service projects of Denbigh Alumnae Chapter. Soror Johnson currently serves as the Chair of the Embodi Committee, which mentors young men between the ages of 11 and 17. Soror Johnson’s commitment to the program is evidence by the young men who choose to return year after year. Her commitment and dedication to the sorority is unwavering.

SONDRA E.Z. HINES WINS NEWS EXCELLENCE AWARD Soror Sondra E. Z. Hines was awarded 2016 News Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalist, Charlotte Chapter. Soror Hines won the award for national articles in Jet Magazine “On Scene: Uprising In Charlotte Started Peacefully” and Ebony Magazine “Charlotte Attempting to Slowly Heal in Aftermath of Shooting Protests,” both written in the aftermath of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting and subsequent riots in Charlotte. Soror Hines is also member of the Regional Information and Communication Committee.


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Sensational SORORS ATTORNEY STEPHANIE MORALES OBTAINS RARE CONVICTION In February 2015, Stephanie Morales, esq. of Portsmouth Alumnae was the first woman to be elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia. She is also the chief law enforcement officer and chief prosecutor.

In April 2015, three months into her term, Officer Stephen Rankin of the Portsmouth Police Department shot and killed William Chapman, an 18 year old unarmed black teen. In July 2016, Morales led the prosecution at a jury trial covered daily, streamed live by the media and preserved on YouTube. In August 2016 after several days of trial and deliberation, Rankin was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter and sentenced to two years and six months at a state penitentiary. Soror Morales has been featured on TV One’s News One Now and the Tom Joyner Morning Show for her work as Commonwealth’s Attorney on this case.



Congratulations to Soror Latasha O’Neil for her promotion as a Reserve Commissioned Officer of the United States Army. Soror O’Neil was promoted to the high rank of Major in the Reserve of the Army for service in the Army National Guard and was pinned in a ceremony at the SC National Guard Complex. Soror O’Neil has 14 years of service in the Army and is an active member of the Richland County Alumnae Chapter.

Dr. Claiborne-Payton was awarded the 2016 Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards Best School Teacher. She taught for 5 years in the public school system before joining Virginia State University (VSU) in 2007.

For the past 7 years she has been the instructor for the Introduction to Teaching courses at VSU where she teaches future teachers how to be competent and caring, practitioners who create positive learning environments for all students. Soror Claiborne-Payton was initiated VSU, Alpha Eta Chapter, Spring ‘02. She is an active member of Chesterfield Alumnae serving on several committees.


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Soror Deanna R. Reed rewrote history two times in her hometown of Harrisonburg Virginia. She became the first African American woman to serve on city council (winning by 9,000 votes). Then on January 3, 2017, Reed became the first African American woman to be elected Mayor of Harrisonburg. As the newly elected Mayor, Reed plans to address the overcrowding of Harrisonburg High School and create a safe environment for students in the area. Soror Reed is also Primary Advisor (Iota Alpha collegiate chapter) at James Madison University, as well as a member of Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter.

Dr. Pamela Thomas was selected as the South Carolina Adult and Continuing Education (SCAACE) Regional Teacher of the Year as well as SCAACE State Teacher of the Year!

Soror Thomas is currently the lead teacher at Sara Babb High School at Camille Griffin Graham Institute. Soror Thomas also oversees the educational operations at Kirkland Institute. She has been with the district since 2011 and is a member of the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in Columbia South Carolina.



In June 2016, Lancaster County School District Board named Anita Watts as the new principal of A.R. Rucker Middle School in Lancaster, South Carolina. Soror Watts has 23 years of experience in education, including 13 years at A.R. Rucker Middle.

Tamara Wilkerson is a member of the Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter in Virginia and she recently made the Forbes 30 Under 30 List. This list is comprised of 30 leaders in 20 different categories, over 15,000 nominations were submitted. Soror Wilkerson was chosen for the Education category. The selection process was led by former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Soror Watts has served as the assistant principal at A.R. Rucker for the past seven years. She has shown great passion for working with teachers and serving the students of A.R. Rucker. She is active in the community and she is a member with the Lancaster (SC) Alumnae Chapter and serves as the immediate past president. 48

Milestone Soror Soror Hermena Swinton Celebrates Her 78th “Delta�versary

SOROR HERMENA SWINTON was initiated at Alpha Rho Chapter at Shaw University in 1939. She has been a member of our sorority for a remarkable 78 years. Soror Swinton has reached a milestone that should be recognized and celebrated. Throughout her tenure she has been a hard-working Delta. Soror Swinton has served as Vice President of Nassau Alumnae in Long Island, New York. She has also been extremely active with her current chapter Florence (SC) Alumnae by serving in leadership roles such as, First Vice President, Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary as well as Chaplain. Soror Swinton is the proud mother of Sorors Kathryn Swinton Woods and Beverly Swinton. Her granddaughter, Tiffany K. Harrison is also a member of our sorority. Soror Swinton set a wonderful example, because two sisters and eight nieces are also sorors. We are amazed and honored to have a member of our organization that is the epitome of a lifetime commitment. (Pictured above, left to right) Sorors Hilton Howe Cooper, Florence Alumnae Chapter President, Hermena Swinton and Juanita Massenburg.


OnCampus and in the community

C O L L E G I AT E S O N T H E M O V E ! SOROR NAWAL BRYANT Alpha Xi Chapter South Carolina (SC) State University

SOROR JORDAN BARNES Gamma Chi Chapter Claflin University

Soror Nawal Bryant, member of Alpha Xi Chapter at SC State University had an amazing opportunity to go to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute in Washington D.C for a week in November 2016. She had 13 interviews with 10 different companies. So far, she has 3 internship offers! She has also landed an internship in the spring semester 2017.

Soror Jordan Barnes is a senior biology major from Rock Hill, SC and spring 2016 initiate of the Gamma Chi Chapter at Claflin University. Upon her graduation, she plans to attend dental school to obtain a degree in general dentistry and then begin her career as a dentist. Currently, Soror Barnes serves on both the chapter and regional levels as the chapter Corresponding Secretary and SC State Facilitator for the region. Gamma Chi is extremely proud of Soror Barnes and offers their support and good cheer in each of her current and future endeavors.


Alpha Xi Chapter SC State University Thinking outside the box, Alpha Xi sorors held “Act Like a Lady and Think Like a Man.” The event taught women to be self-sufficient. Sorors demonstrated how to jump their car and check oil, followed by audience members practicing what they learned.

Gamma Chi Chapter Claflin University The Gamma Chi Chapter hosted a number of events in 2016 – such as highway clean- ups, yoga on the yard and college survival forums. However, the most significant was the Rock D’Vote voter registration drives and their Project Delta mentor-mentee program.

Gamma Pi Chapter Allen University Gamma Pi Chapter at Allen University in Columbia, SC recently celebrated its rich heritage by honoring charter member, Soror Josephine Irving-Smith. She along with seven Allen University students charted the chapter January 31, 1948.


Leadership DELTA

Leadership DELTA is an outstanding national leadership program designed to assist collegiate sorors to become successful professionals in their chosen careers. This program is of vital importance for moving African-American women to the top of the ladder in the workforce. It is also important for building the leadership capabilities Delta needs for the long-term success of the sorority. Congratulations to the following sorors for their selection to the leadership program. Maiya Brown

MAIYA BROWN, a member of Iota Rho Chapter of UNC-Charlotte, has a GPA of 3.73. Soror Brown is a marketing manager and holds the position as secretary for the National Association of Black Accountants. MICHELLE FRAZIER, a member of Omicron Phi of Clemson University, majoring in Industrial Engineering with a GPA of 3.41

Michelle Frazier

JAMARI GREEN, a member of Gamma Chi Chapter of Claflin University, was chosen as a participant in the National Leadership DELTA program and has a GPA of 3.90. Soror Green is a Business Management major.

Alexa McCleod

ALEXA McCLEOD, a member of Gamma Chi Chapter of Claflin University, is a Management major with a GPA of 3.90. ALANA SELDON, a member of Gamma Lambda Chapter of Johnson C. Smith University is a senior majoring in Communications.

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In the Spirit Living a Blessed Life Written By Reverend Trish Harleston, MACC

“And she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women…” Luke 1:42b NLT How often do we use or hear the phrase “Have a blessed day” or “Be blessed” in the course of our day? Many of us have become quite accustomed to proclaiming the blessings of God upon others - when they sneeze, when they arrive as well as when they leave. For some, the blessings and favor of God are used as an expression of gratitude or as a sign of humility. Consequently, we are often speaking blessings upon the lives of those whom we encounter. In the Gospel of Luke, as Elizabeth greeted Mary with acknowledgement of the great gift that the Lord had placed within Mary’s womb, Elizabeth also proclaimed that Mary was a woman of great favor and a woman who was blessed among women. Consider for a moment what it means to be blessed among women. It means that of the 3.5 billion women in this world, we are among those upon whom the Lord has given a special grace. I believe that within each of us, God has placed a seed of greatness – great purpose, great prosperity, great success. I also believe that we are upon a season in which the Lord is calling forth that which He has planted. So Sorors, this is the time that we are expected to reveal all that lies within. Just like Mary, blessings are being spoken over our lives. And scripture says that when the Lord blesses, it cannot be cursed and it will not be reversed. So today, women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, I declare that we are blessed among women. And beginning today, we are required to live a life reflective of the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us. Being blessed has no relevance to economic status, professional vocation, or financial stability; as Mary had none of these. Yet, she was declared blessed and was a woman who was highly favored. Because of God’s grace and power upon our lives, we are obligated to live the blessed life that He has destined for us. Sorors, we are anointed to be a blessing in the lives of others; therefore, let us daily tap into the blessed life upon which we’ve been called.


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S O U T H ____ ROBBIE DIYANNE SPURGEON BANKS Entered Omega Omega Chapter on Aug. 13, 2016 Member of Greenville (SC) Alumnae Chapter ____ ELIZABETH ELLEN EDWARDS BERRY Sept. 18, 1918–Nov. 30, 2016 Initiated in 1985, Kinston Alumnae Chapter ____ CLEOPATRA GRISWOLD COLLINS July 19, 1919–Dec. 26, 2015 Initiated in Delta Xi Member of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter ____ ESTELLA HOOPER CURRY Dec. 13, 1925–Aug. 7, 2016 Initiated in 1992, Raleigh Alumnae Chapter GRACE ELIZABETH DICKERSON BACOATE March 26, 1933–July 4, 2016 Initiated into Gamma Pi Member of the Asheville Alumnae Chapter ESTHER OLIVIA CASTERLOW EASON Entered Omega Omega Chapter on Jan. 12, 2016 Member of the Ahoskie Alumnae Chapter




Soror Ida Smith Franks

Alpha Lambda Chapter and New Bern Alumnae Chapter Charter Member An active Delta for 76 years, Soror Franks was initiated in 1940 into Alpha Kappa Sigma (a mixed chapter) and in 1941, became a charter member of the undergraduate chapter, Alpha Lambda, at North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University). Soror Franks received a Music Degree in 1942, and a Master of Library Science Degree in 1962, both from NC Central University. A native of Spartanburg, SC, she moved to Pollocksville, NC, becoming the wife of Christopher C. Franks, a principal with the then segregated Jones County Schools, who recruited a young Ida Smith as the musical director for his church. As the story is told, she promptly removed him from the choir because he “could not sing,” but subsequently consented to marriage. Three sons, Christopher, John, and William were born to their union. After 40 years, Soror Franks retired from the Jones County Schools having served as a teacher, librarian, and choral director. Always a staunch believer in the value of education, Soror Franks assisted a number of students, who desired to attend college but had limited resources, by convincing her friends to provide them room and board. In 1953, Soror Franks joined eight sorors in establishing the New Bern Alumnae Chapter, where she later served as President and in various other positions. She was New Bern Alumnae’s first Voting Delegate to attend a national convention, which was in Washington, D.C. in 1958. Additionally, Soror Franks served as South Atlantic Regional Organist at the 1980 and 1982 conferences. Her love of music and her musical prowess are fondly remembered by chapter members who recall her passionate rendition of the Delta National Hymn at chapter meetings for many years. Soror Franks entered Omega Omega Chapter on November 5, 2016.



Soror Deshera Pamela Mack Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter


Soror Sheila Swann Green Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter

Born March 21, 1958, Soror Sheila Swann Green entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 9, 2017. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain� (Revelation 21:4) Deaconess Sheila Swann Green was born on March 21, 1958 in Richmond, Virginia. She departed this life on January 9, 2017. She became a Christian as a young girl. Sheila served as a faithful member at First Baptist Church Centralia. She was especially loyal to the work of the Deaconess and Usher ministries. She was initiated in Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated on March 30, 2002. She served the chapter as an ardent worker on the Hospitality, Delta GEMS and Delta/Omega Scholarship committees. To her family, she was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and cousin. To her friends, she was a loyal, loveable friend who went about doing good for all. Sheila retired from the Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) in June, 2013 after 35 plus years of federal service. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Sylvester Green, two sons, three sisters, one brother and a host of other relatives and friends one devoted Barbretta Olanrewaju.

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Soror Deshera Pamela Mack, entered into the Omega Omega Chapter on Thursday, January 5, 2017. She was born October 14, 1955 in Salisbury, Maryland, the daughter of Mrs. Gladys R. Mack and the late Rev. Dr. Charles H. Mack. Ms. Mack served as an administrator in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) for 19 years, first as principal at Elizabeth Seawell Elementary and later opening Rashkis Elementary. Previously, she served for 15 years as an elementary school teacher in the Wicomico County Schools (MD), the Orange County (NC) Schools, and the Durham City Schools. She was named CHCCS Principal of the Year in 1996, 2001, and 2007. In 2007, she was named Piedmont Triad/ Central Region Principal of the Year. She also served as the Principal Representative on the North Carolina State Board of Education. After retirement in 2011, Ms. Mack served in various interim administrative capacities. She was a lifelong member of the A.M.E. Zion Church and for 33 years was a member of St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church in Durham. Ms. Mack was preceded in death by her father and brother. She is survived by her mother Mrs. Gladys R. Mack; sister, Mrs. Charletta M. Hines; and a multitude of extended family and friends.


____ MARY HELEN “MAE” LOVE FULLER Entered Omega Omega Chapter on May 4, 2016. Initiated Spring 1962, Delta Mu Member of Greenville (SC) Alumnae Chapter ____ MARGARETTE CARRINGTON HAIRSTON July 5, 1920–Oct. 22, 2016 ____ SHARON L. HOLLEY Jan. 14, 1967–Dec. 17, 2016 Initiated in 1986, Alpha Xi Member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter ____ JEAN E. JACKSON July 12, 1934–Nov. 19, 2016 Initiated in 1985 Member of Roanoke Alumnae Chapter ____ GLADYS MARIE WAGSTAFF JEFFERS Jan. 17, 1934–Sept. 28, 2016 Initiated in 1988, Roxboro Alumnae Chapter ____ ESTER GRAHAM KEARNEY Entered Omega Omega Chapter on April 1, 2016. Initiated in 1988, OxfordHenderson Alumnae Chapter ____ BARBARA ANN HARP KNOX Dec. 7, 1942–May 17, 2016 Initiated in 1962, Alpha Rho ____ CORA MARJORIE LAMB June 9, 1925–April 20, 2016 Member of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter


____ ETTA NICKPEAY MANN May 6, 1928–July 14, 2016 Initiated in 1988, Beaufort Alumnae Chapter ____ HELEN BARBARA LAWSON MERRITT Entered Omega Omega Chapter on Aug. 23, 2016. ____ GRACYE HALL MOORE Entered Omega Omega Chapter on Feb. 16, 2016. Initiated in 1975, OxfordHenderson Alumnae Chapter ____ CAROLYN MALONE PAYLOR Entered Omega Omega Chapter on April 16, 2016 Initiated in 1997, OxfordHenderson Alumnae Chapter ____ LILLIE H. POWELL Entered Omega Omega Chapter on Jan. 8, 2016. Member of the Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter ____ DRUSCILLA OWENS STEPHEN Entered Omega Omega Chapter on Oct. 3, 2016. Member of the Lexington (NC) Alumnae Chapter ____ SONIA TUCKER Feb.7, 1968–Sept. 29, 2016 Member of the Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter

Soror Alma R. Latten Charleston Alumnae Chapter

Soror Alma R. Latten entered into eternal rest on Sunday, October 23, 2016. She became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1969 with the Charleston Alumnae Chapter. Soror Latten was a Golden Life member and served as the 23rd President of the Charleston Alumnae Chapter, from 1988-1990. She was named Delta of the Year in 1981 for the chapter and also served on the National Protocol and Traditions Committee. Soror Alma R. Latten was born in Moncks Corner, South Carolina on September 10, 1923. Alma received her early education from Avery Normal Institute. She continued her education and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from South Carolina State College in 1957 and her Master’s Degree in 1958 in principle certification. ____

Soror Allie Muse Peebles Raleigh Alumnae Chapter

Soror Allie Muse Peebles entered into Omega Omega on September 6, 2016. She was a beloved educator, journalist and social activist in the Raleigh Community for 70 years. Allie loved people. She enjoyed singing, teaching, and writing about the community. As a member of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter since 1969, she served as Chapter Journalist, worked tirelessly for Social Action and sang in the Delta Ensemble. Allie’s distinctive singing voice could always be recognized among the crowd. Allie has won numerous awards from the organizations she had been a part of and in 2013, July 27th was declared “Allie Muse Peebles Day” in the city of Raleigh. Soror Peebles is also the sister of 14th National President Frankie Muse Freeman.


INFORMATION + COMMUNICATION TEAM “Serving with Purpose, Serving with Dedication, Keeping it Sensational”


Many thanks to the Information and Communications Team for helping to pull this journal together. We are also thankful to the many sorors across the region that also contributed to this issue.

When submitting articles, be sure to adhere to the following guidelines: • Third-person narrative • Topic-oriented (tell how the program served with purpose and dedication) • Microsoft Word format (don’t add any additional design elements like borders or fonts) • Limit three high-resolution digital photos (JPEF format-300 dpi) • Submit photos separately. Don’t embed the photo into the Microsoft Word document • Journalist reserves the right to edit (including cutting copy)


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• Feature Topic – (500 word maximum) Articles submitted for this section should align with the issue topic and provide tips, action items and resources. • Around the Region – Chapter News & Event (150 word maximum) – articles submitted for this section should include unique chapter programs. Please use clear action photos. • Sensational Sorors and Sensational Scholars (150 word maximum) – Articles submitted for this section should highlight the soror’s recent accomplishment and also provide a headshot or action shot of the soror.

WRITERS Paige Hairston, Sondra Hines, Vyce Johnson, Sharon Wigfall EDITORS Colette Fladger, Paige Hairston, Michelle Freeman, Sharon Wigfall PHOTOGRAPHERS Cassandra Murphy, Venita Seward

Next Issue: Spring Journal 2017 Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017

ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS Kimberly Bracy, Chonna Campbell, Kelsey Daniels, Jerrica Knox, Audra Washington

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T he Sensational South Atlantic Region

REGIONAL DIRECTOR Soror Juanita Massenburg 17sardmassenburg@gmail.com REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Soror Sierra Cunningham 23sarrcunningham@gmail.com

Contact Guide HOW CAN WE DIRECT YOUR CALL? U s e t hi s g ui d e to he l p d ete r mi n e w ho to co nt a c t w he n yo u h ave q ue s t i o n s .

REGIONAL SECRETARY Soror Deloris Baker Hargrow sarsecretaryhargrow@gmail.com

PUBLIC RELATIONS Soror Kimberly Bracy kimberly.bracy@gmail.com

STATE COORDINATORS & FACILITATORS Soror Rosette Simmons Bermuda State Coordinator bdacoordinator@gmail.com Soror Selené Hudson Brent NC State Coordinator nccoordinatorbrent@gmail.com Soror Melissa Hayban NC State Facilitator ncfacilitatorhayban@gmail.com Soror Monica Owens SC State Coordinator sccoordinatorowens@gmail.com Soror Jordan Barnes SC State Facilitator scfacilitatorbarnes@gmail.com Soror A. Michelle Lewis VA State Coordinator vacoordinatorlewis@gmail.com Soror Julia Ivy Chavis VA State Facilitator vafacilitatorchavis@gmail.com



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REGIONAL CHOIR Soror Shellena Atlas satlasdst2010@gmail.com

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