Jacksonville Deltas Celebrate 70 Years of Activism

Shown above at the event are Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter members (L-R): Tashia Small, Cicely Z. Suttle, Joni Hughes, Debra Vaughn, Pat Godboldt, chapter Second Vice President A. Jamila Pope, Chapter President Veronica Tutt, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc 17th National President Mona Humphries-Bailey, Chapter First Vice President Aurelia Ray-Williams, Kimberly Holloway, Rita Scott, Robyn Lawrence, Avis Sweet and Kimberly Stephens.

by Karel Danzie
One year closer to a Century more for Delta.

A celebration for 103 years of scholarship, service, and sisterhood globally and 70 years locally was held by the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Throughout a celebratory weekend, the chapter paid tribute to their founders and community impact.

On evening of January 16, the Founders Day Committee led by Stephanie Gordon and Jacqueline Bohannon, welcomed the 17th National President Mona Humphries-Bailey as the featured guest speaker as the Deltas took a moment to reflect on their past, celebrate the present, and excitedly plan for the future. The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter (JAC), chartered on February 9, 1946, was the home chapter of one of the sorority’s founders, Winona Cargile Alexander. The art of spoken word, dance and unique renditions of popular songs of the decade were used to take guests on a historical journey.

National President Mona Humphries-Bailey captivated the audience as she spoke with fondness of the sorority, it’s history and ended with a familiar a call to action.
“If not you, who? If not now, when? We have a responsibility to uplift those within our communities that need us. The resources that God has blessed us with are the foundation for programs and projects conducted through our [DST] Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.” She proclaimed.

Humphries-Bailey also emphasize the impact Delta has had internationally in 103 years and that this new century of action will be imaginable and immeasurable great.
The weekend celebration concluded with a rededication ceremony and march in Jacksonville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Next, the Delta’s are preparing for a Harlem Nights event in February. The funds raised will be used to benefit JAC educational programs. For more information about the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter visit www.dstjax.org.

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