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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S At the Midwest Regional Conference they themselves stood up and spoke the Nation’s Capital. The Honorable Social Action Luncheon on June 11, out. She said that silence is deafen- Shelvyn Hall, a judge on the Illinois 2011 in Rosemont, Ill., Delta’s 22nd ing on many issues and that silence is Court of Appeals received the Social National President and National So- the cause for the chaos in many com- Action Award for her groundbreaking cial Action Commission co-chair did munities. Rev. Boyd said there are work in the judicial system. not disappoint. true enemies to justice and equality U. S Congresswoman Marcia L. The theme for the event was between people and that those en- Fudge, 21st National President of “Say It Loud: Midwest Sorors Put emies are counting on the communi- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and hon- Advocacy into Action with a Stron- ties’ silence while they run amuck, orary co-chair for the organization’s ger Presence, a Stronger Voice.” Rev. pass laws that disenfranchise people National Social Action Commission, Boyd started her address by telling and ruin lives. gave a charge to attendees. She asked members of Delta Sigma Theta Soror- “We have been silent too long,” them to refl ect on “What does it mean ity assembled that if they wanted to she said. “It’s time to say it loud and to be black in the Age of Obama?” live up to the legacy of the sisterhood fi In her typical no nonsense fash- ght back!” and its 22 Founders, sorors must col- The Social Action Luncheon was ion, Soror Fudge charged them to get off of our high horses and reach down and help people who are poor. She left them with three things they could do to make a difference: • Say something and don’t just complain to each other. She in- structed everyone to contact their elected offi cials at least once per month; • Challenge elected offi in cials their area to do the right things and if they don’t, to run for offi ce themselves; and • Vote and bring the people with them to the polls to vote. Don’t leave the outcome to chance or to others to do the right thing. ▲ MIDWEST REGIONAL National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, Midwest Regional Director Regina CONFERENCE HOST CHAPTERS: Harper and Midwest Regional Director Leslye Suarez. Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Mu Theta lectively “let our actions speak loud- also an opportunity to recognize Zeta Iota er than our words” while doing the individual members and chapters work of Delta. that implemented exemplary social MIDWEST REGIONAL Rev. Boyd said women of Delta action programs over the past bien- CONFERENCE COORDINATORS: could not afford to sit on the sidelines nium. Kappa Zeta Chapter at Milikin Debbie Brooks, Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae of life waiting for others to do what University won the collegiate award Rev. Marilyn Barnes, Glen Ellyn Area we should do. She said Delta women for their participation in numerous Alumnae cannot just talk about change, but programs, 83 percent chapter atten- MIDWEST REGIONAL they must be agents of change by dance at Delta Days at the Nation’s CONFERENCE making changes themselves. Capital and registering 362 new vot- CO-COORDINATORS: Those in attendance were moved ers. The Chicago Alumnae Chapter Janai Segers, Mu Theta by Rev. Boyd’s admonitions to be won the alumnae award for 13 voter Taylor Turner, Zeta Iota bold and brave, but were also so- awareness activities and sending 33 bered by her questions of how often chapter members to Delta Days at 41 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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