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With recent occurrences of ra-cially motivated social injustices, HCAC felt the need to provide the community with historical informa-tion on notable activist and their fight for civil rights. Their intention was to promote change in the fu-ture of Black lives with particular fo-cus on educating the community on the history of the Civil Rights Move-ment and discussing current racial-ly charged events. The purpose of the Deltas Against Racism Everyday (D.A.R.E.) program was to promote awareness of social and racial injus-tices in our past and currently. The target audience was Henry County and neighboring communities, per-sons of all ages, ethnicities and de-mographics. This year-long program focused on the national initiatives of The Commission on the Elimination of Racism and Human Rights 101. The audience asked questions and were given instructions concern-ing their rights as a citizen if stopped by a police officer. Panelists and at-tendees ended the program with a ses-sion focused on productive ways to eliminate racism in the future. HCAC will continue to inform the commu-nity s78 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. by offering programs to increase awareness of human rights. s The Houston Alumnae Chap-ter held “A Day of Delta Celebration: Celebrating Women of Service and Community Leadership for 88 Years” March 2015. The event commemo-rated the chapter’s anniversary and Women’s History Month. The program included greetings from Dr. Paulette C. Walker, Nation-al President of Delta Sigma Theta So-rority, Inc., Texas Governor Greg Ab-bott and Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker as well as acknowledgements from Rep. Al Green (D-TX9) accept-ed by then-chapter president Tia Locke-Simmons. The visual presentation saluted many Houston Alumnae members including: D Soror Henrietta Bell Wells, past chapter president and member of the 1930 Wiley College Debate Team celebrated in “The Great Debaters” film; D Dr. Dorothy I. Height, 10th Na-tional President, and Marie Fon-sworth, past Houston Alumnae chapter president and a past Na-tional Secretary, with U.S. Presi-dent Lyndon B. Johnson; and D The Honorable Barbara Jordan, taking the oath of office for the 61st Texas State Legislature on January 10, 1967. Keynote speaker Rev. William A. Lawson, founding pastor of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, spoke on Delta’s impact. Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, executive director for Houston Public Library, received the chapter’s 2015 Heritage and Ar-chives Committee Woman of Service Award. With 79 years of service, Dr. J. Marie McCleary, who entered Ome-ga Omega Chapter in September, was present to be recognized as the chap-ter’s longest active soror along with 85 other “Golden Girls” with at least 50 years of Delta service. Five South-west regional directors who are past or present members of the chapter also were highlighted. The Heritage and Archives Com-mittee, chaired by Shatonya Mar- Houston Alumnae Chapter’s Heritage and Archives Committee.


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