“My story is not only about me; it Following Trent, the documen- frame each strand and then broke is not only about Tererai,” said Trent. tary “Dark Girls—The Story of Color, into small group sessions. “Unfortunately, it is a story that rep- Gender and Race,” directed by Bill The fi rst strand, Race and Gen- resents thousands and millions of Duke and D. Channsin Berry, was der, began with a keynote address black women in this world…My sto- screened. The documentary focused by Dr. Cole and Dr. Guy-Sheftall and ry is a story that represents girls and on the issue of colorism among black was titled, “Black Feminism, Gen- women that are seeking their voices women and girls of all ages. der Talk—Dispelling Secrets.” This and still remain marginalized. It is a Conference participants spent strand featured small group sessions, story of gender inequities; a story the afternoon on Friday as well as Sat- including: “Colorism,” facilitated by of violation of women’s voices and urday morning attending workshops Marita Golden, author and lecturer; women’s rights; a story of how the in three different strands, or focus ar- “Trauma and the African American system is set up in way that if wom- eas, including: Race and Gender, Gen- Woman,” facilitated by the Delta Re- en keep quiet, if women are silent erational Wealth and Mental/Physical search and Educational Foundation’s because of these secrets, then the Health and Wellness. The workshops Sister Scholars; and “I Broke the Si- oppressors succeed.” began with introductory keynotes to lence and Am Now Changing a Gen- D-DAY: Delta’s Direction – The Next 100 Years Oof the Hortense Golden Ca- • Develop 2-3 strengths that tional president, set the tone for the“The charge given by our Na-session was led by Dr. Walker.100 years;might enhance the Sorority’sver 1,150 sorors convenedprior to the opening session nady International Women’s Confer- objective of preparing for the breakout sessions and reinforced the ence in San Juan, Puerto Rico for “D- next 100 years; and objectives of D-DAY as the Past Na- DAY: Delta’s Direction – The Next 100 • Envision where the Sorority will tional Presidents facilitated the discus- Years.” D-DAY, was open to Deltas need to be for the next century. sions,” said Dr. Walker. only and was a day set aside for all The discussion leader for each At the conclusion of the discus- members to come together in one as- group was one of the Delta’s Past Na- sion, sorors returned to the larger ses- sembly for fellowship and to sion where each group report- share their vision and insights ed their responses to the three for Delta’s future. discussion focal points. In ad- The session was con- dition, there was an open dis- vened by National President cussion and a panel focusing Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre on the sisterhood with remarks and the National First Vice led by 21st National President President Paulette C. Walker. Marcia L. Fudge, who also National Second Vice Presi- served as chair of the Hortense dent Chelsea C. Hayes ex- G. Canady International Wom- tended welcome remarks and en’s Conference. The panel National Secretary Beverly consisted of members of the Smith and National Treasurer National Executive Committee Terri Rivalte Prunty brought and the Past National Presi- greetings. Soror Butler-Mc- Dr. Paulette Walker summarizes feedback received during the dents. Intyre issued the charge and D-DAY breakout sessions. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER The session ended with So- challenged everyone to set the ror Butler-McIntyre summariz- stage for establishing Delta’s strategic tional Presidents, including: 14th Na- ing the day’s events and Dr. Walker direction for the next 100 years. tional President Frankie Muse Free- setting the stage for the “next steps” Sorors in attendance were as- man, Esq.; 16th National President as Delta prepares to enter into the sembled in fi Thelma T. Daley; 17th National Presi- next century. ve breakout groups. The discussion in each group was to focus dent Mona H. Bailey and 23rd Na- “Although none of us were pres- on the following three areas: tional President Louise A. Rice. Rev. ent at the table in 1913,” said Dr. • Develop 2-3 challenges that Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd National Walker, “what a blessing it is to be might impact the Sorority’s ob- President, was unable to attend due present in 2012 as we prepare for jective of preparing for the next to a previous commitment and her the next century of Delta!” ▲ 12 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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