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52nd National Convention R E G I O N A L C O V E R A G E JOURNAL Spring 2016 s59 as #SayHerName to provide a criti-cal gendered lens. Ever-more inspir-ing was to sonically experience such profound hip hop lyrics performed by a woman since hip hop (with so-cial justice being at the core of its in-ception) has historically existed as a male-dominated space. Regarding her performance, Soror “Lizzie G” of Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter as-serts, “When I heard what the choir was singing for the luncheon and they needed a rapper for ‘Glory,’ I im-mediately volunteered myself for the opportunity. I felt motivated and in-spired to use my talent to show my sisters that women also can belong to the hip-hop culture in a positive way.” Third, the performance of this se-lection speaks to the Midwest Region-al Director’s adoration and vision for collegiate sorors, and specifically the need to develop more efficient prepa-ration and training processes for their transitions to alumnae chapters as they strive to remain dedicated to a lifetime commitment. Encourag-ing collegiate sorors to keep political awareness and involvement and how the “Midwest is One” at the forefront by engaging generationally-specific tools, such as hip hop, is both strate-gic and forward thinking. By concep-tualizing socially conscious hip hop as a Black art form and tool for so-cio- political engagement and empow-erment, the Sorority is reminded of its roots in Black feminism specifical-ly as it relates to our participation in the Women’s Suffrage March. On her 404th day as Midwest Re-gional Director, Dr. Davenport re-minded sorors that as the Sorority celebrates progressive political mile-stones in our history such as the con-firmation of Soror Loretta E. Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, that we also continue to combat oppression by al-ways being cognizant of the lived ex-periences and needs of the “under-represented, underprivileged and underserved.” Considering today’s tumultuous sociopolitical climate, Dr. Davenport also reminded sorors that “no matter how far we’ve come, we still have far to go.” By emphasizing “we,” Dr. Davenport furthered her message of unity and the Midwest be-ing “one” as the orga-nization collectively strives to effect posi-tive social change. As Dr. Davenport noted in her closing re-marks, sisterhood requires not only that we work together, but that we “have each other’s back – always.” The ever-important motif of func-tioning as a collective is evident across multiple levels of the Soror-ity’s leadership, including National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker’s vi-sion which Deltas provide “uncom-promising commitment to commu-nities” through “service, leadership and empowerment.” s Midwest regional leadership on the dais at the Midwest Sisterhood Luncheon. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES The Midwest Region Choir sings “Glory” during the Midwest Sisterhood Luncheon. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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