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★ theory or idea into action – as they to help people in need through an Social Action Commission; and Gary ★ maintain “a strong presence and a elected offi Flowers, executive director and CEO ★ ce,” wrote Soror Kennedy. strong voice” when combating forces “It is easier to change the system of the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. ★ attempting to oppress and deter Afri- within the system rather than out- The session highlighted the state ★ can-American voters. side the system.” of employment in America and the The Monday morning session The session ended with words African-American community and ★ entitled, “Women Running for Of- from Rep. Fudge advising prospec- how that translates into support, or ★ fi tive candidates to run for the right lack thereof, for President Obama. ★ ce,” gave insightful advice to sorors concerning every aspect of the cam- reasons. Flowers suggested that the Afri- ★ paign process. Members of the Na- “Run because you want to be a can-American community must have tional Social Action Commission and public servant and you want to do a macro versus a myopic view of so- ★ experienced leaders in politics such the people’s work,” said Rep. Fudge. ciety. ★ as Sorors Lottie Shackelford, former “Make people believe you are sincere. “Our adversaries think in 20- ★ Vandiver-Hall, member of the Ala- that you can have a title, then they about jobs today. We have to think ★year blocks,” he said. “We can’t thinkIf people believe you are running so mayor of Little Rock, Ark., and Laura bama House of Representatives, gave are not going to elect you.” long-term and say, ‘Where do we ★ no-holds-barred advice to prepare The panel discussion, “Jobs! want the structure of society to be 20 ★ sorors for the realities of running for Jobs! Where Art Thou Jobs?” was years from now so that jobs can be ★ offi moderated by Soror Melanie Camp- created?’” ce. “Public service is demanding and bell, president and CEO of the Na- Dr. Malveaux stressed support- ★ time consuming, but it is very reward- tional Coalition on Black Civic Partic- ers should talk about what has been ★ ing,” said Soror Shackelford. ipation and member of the National accomplished under the Obama ad- ★ Soror Butler-McIntyre read re- Social Action Commission. Panelists ministration instead of what is still ★ marks from Dr. Yvonne Kennedy, included: Rep. Johnnie Turner, mem- left undone. 17th National President of Delta Sig- ber of the Tennessee General Assem- “We don’t need African-American ★ ma Theta, who urged Delta women to bly; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president detractors,” said Dr. Malveaux. “We ★ run for an elected offi of Bennett College for Women and must absolutely say that while we ★ ce. “It is indeed rewarding to be able honorary co-chair of the National want our president to do better for ★ us, we will not allow him to be disrespected.” ★ When asked how jobs ★ can be created in the coun- ★ try, Rep. Turner responded, “It all goes back to politics. ★ Unless we have the power to ★ get people in offi ★ ce to carry out those directives, we are ★ not going anywhere.” Sorors remained in the ★ assembly area following the ★ panel discussion for the ★ program portion of the So- ★ cial Action Luncheon and later adjourned to the din- ★ ing area for the luncheon. ★ Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, ★ professor at Georgetown University, was the keynote ★ speaker for the legislative ★ luncheon. ★ National Treasurer Terri R. Prunty, National Secretary Beverly E. Smith, National Second Vice Presi- dent Chelsea C. Hayes, National First Vice President Paulette C. Walker, 22nd National President and ★Dyson told the audi-ence that even though Participation President and CEO Melanie Campbell, National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, there is an African-Ameri- ★ National Social Action Commission Co-Chair Gwendolyn E. Boyd, National Coalition on Black Civic 16th National President Thelma Thomas Daley, NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock, National Congress of can president in offi ★ ce and Black Women Chair E. Faye Williams, NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary O. Shelton, Missis- the socioeconomic status ★ sippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights Executive Director Jaribu Hill and NBC4 Washington Reporter of some members of the Af- ★ Tracee Wilkins. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER rican-American community ★ JOURNAL Summer 2012 ★21 ▲★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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