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Beverly E. Smith National First Vice President 1 Based on your Executive Committee position, describe your vision for the Sorority. In its second 100 years, I envision a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. that has realized both its potential and its power. We will not only be recog-nized as a voice for those who can-not speak, but a voice that effectively influences fundamental change in equity and equality by insuring our members are positioned in the right places at the right time. I see Delta Sigma The-ta Sorority, Inc. being recognized as a corporate entity of prominence and a sisterhood of women who not only value each other as sisters but celebrate and respect each other as women. 2 Which point of the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust applies to your life the most? Why? I’m going to have to “cheat” on this question and com-bine Political Awareness/Involvement and Educational De-velopment— the two go hand-in-hand as influencers for me. My dad was a civil rights activist when I was a child and we spent most of my childhood integrating places—our neigh-borhood church, schools, swimming pools, etc. He made it a point to model the power of political and community activ-ism. He also had a “school” in our basement to teach his trade (electronics) to young black men so they could fend for themselves with a level of self-esteem. As a current edu-cator of adults and one who has always been involved in my community I see both the value and necessity of these two Delta program thrusts. 3 If you could meet anyone from the Sorority’s history, whom would it be and why? I would love to meet Soror Patricia Roberts Harris who served as Delta Sigma Theta’s first Executive Director. She was also the first African- American woman to hold a cabi-net position (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and later Secretary of Health and Human Services), serve as an ambassador (in Luxembourg), and head a law school (at Howard University). On the wall in my office at home I actu-ally have her framed stamp from when she was honored on the 23rd commemorative stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage Series. Having once served as Delta’s Execu-tive Director myself, I would love to hear about those early s18 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. years at headquarters and, because I believe in the power of women’s voices in political involvement, talk to her about what it was like for her as a “rule-breaker and maker” in the 1960s. 4 What is your most memorable Delta moment? While winning and serving Delta as a national officer has provided countless memorable moments for me, there is no doubt that my most memorable Delta moment was pinning my daughter, Stacy, at her initiation into our sister-hood. Her initiation was on my birthday and my best friend (Joann) and I, whose daughter Stephanie was on same line at FAMU, got to pin our daughters together. Being able to share Delta with Stacy is very special. 5 What is your favorite piece of Delta parapher-nalia? While it is probably my least worn piece of Delta para-phernalia, I’d have to say my Sorority pin is my favorite. It was the first emblem given to me as a member of our sisterhood and represents the beginning of one of my most incredible life journeys. Brittani Blackwell National Second Vice President 1 Based on your Executive Committee position, describe your vision for the Sorority. Increase academic achievement of my fellow collegiate sorority mem-bers; making emphasis using the Col-legiate Spotlight; implementation of effective study tables; and recogni-tion/ awards for sorors who exhibit extraordinary achievement. I believe we need to become the change agents our Founders intended us to be and lead by the example and exemplify the standard of excellence we expect in our applicants. 2 Which point of the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust applies to your life the most? Why? Physical & Mental Health. I have been involved in vari-ous sports since my childhood and throughout high school and since graduating, I have not lost that interest. I believe there is a sense of freedom, escape and energy that comes from working out. I could incorporate the mental health side a little more by taking my “Personal ME Days” which I never 18 Conversations with the National Executi ve Committee


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