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launching many programs that span her tenure including but not limit-ed to the following: Summit I: Del-ta’s first Black Women’s Summit; Summit III: “Preparing our Sons for Manhood;” Summit V: “Health and Healing-Let It Begin Within;” the sec-ond phase of Summit V focusing on “Health and Healing – Let it Contin-ue, Promoting Health and Wellness on HIV/AIDS;” and Summit VI: “Health Issues that Impact Women of African Descent.” In the 1980s, she was the lead Delta staff person in coordinat-ing the Black Women’s Political Ac-tion Forum, which brought together the sororities of the National Pan Hel-lenic Council to collaborate on social justice issues. Additionally, Soror McNair’s pro-fessional service to Delta covered the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust with support to the National Committees and Commissions, including the Arts and Letters Commission, Information and Communications Committee, Program Planning and Development Committee, the Distinguished Profes-sor Endowed Chair Committee, and Delta’s Social Action Commission. As Director of the Programs, Pub-lications, and Public Relations De-partment and as a liaison to the Na-tional s6 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Social Action Commission, Soror McNair served and assisted the Commission in taking Delta Sig-ma Theta to new heights as the or-ganization became more empowered as a national leader and viable and visible agent for social change. So-ror Mona Bailey, 17th National Presi-dent, recalled that Soror McNair also was the Sorority’s lead in communi-cating with all the Civil Rights organi-zations, the Congressional Black Cau-cus, and various congressional and federal offices. One of the first tasks with the So-cial Action Commission was the com-pilation and codification of all the res-olutions of the Sorority, resulting in a document that is frequently utilized. With her support, the Commission successfully implemented the social advocacy goals of the Sorority, in-cluding but not limited to the follow-ing: applying and receiving Special Consultative Status as a Non-Govern-mental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations; establishing Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital and Delta Days at the United Nations; establish-ing the Social Action Hot-line, Social Action tool-kit and Social Action Cen-ter located on the national web-site; and creating National awards named for Patricia Roberts Harris and Althea T.L. Simmons and the National Social Action chapter awards presented to members for exemplary work in the area of civil service and social justice. In Retrospect Soror McNair received the rare opportunity to grow and evolve with the organization while functioning as a part of the national leadership team of Grand Chapter. She has been present at round table discussions with the likes of Shirley Chisolm, Bar-bara Jordan, Dr. Dorothy Height, 10th National President, and other amaz-ing women whom she admired and aspired to emulate - all the while nev-er being star struck until meeting An-gela Bassett in 2013 at the Centenni-al Convention. She recalled that the greatest lessons she learned came from learning about advocacy in ac-tion from the late Althea T. L. Sim-mons, renowned lobbyist for the NAACP for over 35 years. “Althea encouraged me to take a greater interest in advocacy and took me with her to visit legisla-tors on Capitol Hill. It was a hands-on learning experience, said So-ror McNair. “I treasure that she was one of my mentors and close friend. I was proud to recommend her for membership.” When asked, “What is your fond-est memory of working at the Nation-al Headquarters?” Soror McNair re-sponded, “There are just too many to name.” Her response is understand-able because it is difficult to sum up 41 years in one moment. Sorors need not be concerned if they will see So-ror McNair at conventions and confer-ences; she will be there as a non-vot-ing delegate! Most recently, sorors saw her at the 2016 Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital. This time, she was in the audience as a registered attendee and not as staff – ever the faithful so-ror, ever advocate, still committed to the goals of the Sorority. s Sorors Rose McKinney, Shirley McKen-zie, Deirdre Shoulars, Garlenda McNair and Gwendolyn Dailey also contributed to this story. Soror Ella McNair with Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President (CENTER) and Past Na-tional Presidents. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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