Sorority does good for community

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 11, 2009

Natchez Alumnae Chapter, along with Alcorn Alumnae and Delta Epsilon (Alcorn State University) Chapters, is co-hosting the Statewide Founders Day and Cluster this weekend. This event is expected to draw a minimum of 500 attendees for the weekend.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately black college-educated women, the sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s five point thrust of:

4Economic development

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4Educational development

4International awareness and involvement

4Physical and mental health

4Political awareness and involvement

On the local level, Natchez Alumnae Chapter has been actively making a difference in the Natchez community since 1972. Some of our continuing successful programs and projects include the annual Debutante Cotillion, School America (reading in the mall), Habitat for Humanity, the annual financial workshop, Delta Academy and Delta GEMS, health fair, voter registration drives and heritage activities such as “Back to Africa.”

The activities for this weekend included a “Delta” Blues Revue Gala, Saturday at the Natchez Convention Center.

If you search a crowd, and you see a lady standing tall and proud, making a difference in her community, rest assured “She’s a Delta!” Look for us around Natchez this weekend. You’ll recognize us! We’ll be the ladies in red! We are Deltas, Deltas all the way!

Berthenia Rose JACKSON is president of Natchez Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.