SOCIAL ACTION: WHAT’S NEXT IN 2021
Submitted by Tanisha Mallett, Member, Eastern Region Information and Communications Committee
From their courageous participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in 1913 to their efforts to register and mobilize voters during the historic 2020 election cycle, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated have always been involved in social action. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, nearly 500 members of the sorority’s Eastern Region participated in a webinar to focus on social action initiatives for 2021.
The webinar, led by the region’s Social Action Committee along with Eastern Region members of the sorority’s National Social Action Commission, began with greetings from Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring and Eastern Regional Representative Nadege DeBrosse. Patricia D. Williamson, Eastern Regional Social Action Co-chair, then began a deep dive with members to identify what the sorority considers social action. Williamson told attendees that the Delta Oath can serve as a reminder of what social action in Delta should be.
“Our oath reminds us that we are to use our influence towards the enactment of laws for the protection of the unfortunate and weak.” Williamson continued, “That should empower us to work to bring about effective solutions to social challenges.”
National Social Action Commission member Allora Goode Cyrus walked participants through ways to add a social action component to public service initiatives. Cyrus reminded attendees that commitment to social action must extend beyond the social action committee of their respective chapters.
“It’s our purpose, where we not only educate our membership but we educate our community,” Cyrus added.
After clarifying social action, the attendees learned about the social action initiatives for the Eastern Region.
Eastern Regional Initiatives
Williamson said many of the initiatives are rooted in the sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.
The interactive webinar allowed time for questions, which included inquiries about how to collaborate with Delta’s National Partnerships and other organizations, and programming suggestions on ways to attack disparities brought on by the pandemic. There were also questions about ways to amplify members’ efforts in the political space, which lead to a discussion about the Delta-affiliated non-profit social welfare and advocacy organization, D4Women in Action. National Social Action Commission Co-chair Shavon Arline-Bradley said the independent 501(c)(4) puts them in a position to do more than just want to hold people accountable.
“It’s about holding people accountable and removing them if they don’t do what we ask them to do.” Bradley added,”Delta 4 Women in Action gives us the leverage. We were created by Delta Sigma Theta, but we have a separate board and a separate leadership that allows us to vote on who we want to endorse in our upcoming elections.”
The 90-minute webinar left attendees excited about the year ahead and many asked for future sessions. The Eastern Regional Social Action Committee said it hoped to plan another one before Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital, which is scheduled for April 23-25, 2021.
For more information on D4Women in Action, please visit www.delta4womeninaction.org
Submitted by Tanisha Mallett, Member, Eastern Region Information and Communications Committee From their courageous participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in 1913 to their efforts to register and mobilize voters during the historic 2020 election cycle, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated have always been involved in social action. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, nearly …