Regional Conference Highlights EASTERN REGION ▲ AUGUST 14-17, 2014 ▲ BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Mother of Jordan Davis Ignites Members to Stand Up Against Stand Your Ground Laws Delta Newsletter SPRING 2015 • 7 Delta Sigma Theta’s history of social action involvement is one of the cornerstones of the illustrious Sorority. From partic-ipation in the Women’s Suffrage March in 1913 to the work the Sorority does today, Delta Sigma Theta continues to be in the forefront of social action. Delta’s commitment to social justice continued during the 49th Eastern Regional Conference Social Action Luncheon. The guest speaker was Soror Lucia McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis. Davis was killed in 2012 in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store. McBath has turned her tragedy into activism. “I am willing to stand up and go toe-to-toe with the gun lobby,” said McBath, who presented some staggering statistics to luncheon attendees. “Stand Your Ground laws have contributed to a 53% increase of justifiable homicide. When Stand Your Ground involves white on black shootings, 34% of the deaths are considered justifiable. When Stand Your Ground involves black on white shootings, 3.3% of the deaths are consid-ered justifiable. Eight kids or teens are shot every day in America,” said McBath. The luncheon audience was moved when McBath shared that being part of the “lost children to guns club” is a club that no woman wants to be a part of. While McBath realizes it’s too late to save her son Jordan, she is commit-ted to preventing one more mother from experiencing what she had to experience. Soror Arnette Dorsey of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter attended the Social Action Luncheon. She is the mother of two girls, but Dorsey had this to say regarding McBath’s speech, “In my heart, I am the mother of many sons who are exposed to laws that may deny them exis-tence. When will we act to protect our sons from these laws?” McBath provided a number of suggestions to help Deltas collectively and individually fight for the rights of their communities. She encouraged the audience to vote in all elections, urge their chapters to focus on social injus-tices and engage younger generations in discussions about key issues impacting society. McBath concluded her speech by saying, “Don’t stand by and watch these injustices happen and hope that things get better. Take action!” By Tiffany Winbush Immediate Past Eastern Regional Director Robin M. Jacobs stands with Lucia McBath, mother of slain teen, Jordan Davis, during the Eastern Regional Conference Social Action Luncheon.
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