The Florida Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. convened in Tallahassee, FL to celebrate 22 years of advocacy, at the State Capitol, on issues that are impacting the communities served by the organization.
This year’s theme was “Our Legacy, Stand, Vote, Change.” Many members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter (JAC) joined National President, Dr. Paulette C. Walker and Southern Regional Director, Cheryl W. Turner for the annual event. The sorority’s leadership reminded participants about the organization’s heritage and the factors that spurred its founding. President Walker gave the Women of Delta their charge by reminding them that “Social Action is what we do!”
Sorority members spent time visiting legislators and their aides sharing ideas, voicing specific concerns, advocating for policy issues that will strengthen the communities served by the chapters of the organization and establishing rapport with legislators for future communications and actions. Some of the issues addressed included education, human trafficking, tele-medicine, voters’ rights, mental health and the state budget. Most of the legislators were eager to speak with members of the Sorority; some had signs outside of their offices welcoming the Deltas to the Capitol.
Two members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter were honored during the Annual Carrie P. Meek Breakfast. Ms. Joann Manning was awarded the Mercerdese Clark Trailblazer Award for exemplary achievement in the area of Social Action. Dr. Dorothy Russ was awarded the Trendsetter Award, an honor bestowed upon a member who is under age 40 and has demonstrated exemplary achievement in the area of Social Action. Pictured in featured photo is JAC President Veronica Tutt with DST members Debbie Rice and Robyn Lawrence lobby Rep. Reggie Fullwood.