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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S commitment to social justice and coming together. Rev. Boyd attested that Delta women have a tradition of “speak- ing out on the issues and making our presence felt, writing letters and visiting our political and community leaders, becoming political and com- munity leaders, supporting equal rights, equal opportunities, equal protections, equal access for African- Americans, and especially African- American women.” She believes sorors have become too silent. She asked: “Where are the voices of this generation?” Who will work to end a number of issues, including: domestic violence, Past Southern regional representatives during the 43rd Southern Regional Conference in bullying in schools, violence against Memphis, Tenn. PHOTO BY D. DENISE PETERSON children, HIV/AIDS, inequality in pay for men and women, and what she National President and co-chair of Throughout the Sorority’s his- called the “third grade cradle to pris- the National Social Action Commis- tory, Delta women have been known on pipeline for black children?” sion had sorors and guests on their for coming together as sorors to help Rev. Boyd expressed her frustra- feet and swinging their black lun- each other achieve and honor their tion while explaining that “states are cheon napkins, as if they were at a rally. Her strong words of conviction penetrated the Southern Region’s Social Ac- tion Luncheon that felt more like Sunday service. The luncheon, held on July 2, 2011 during the 43rd South- ern Regional Conference in Memphis, Tenn. was packed with thousands of sorors, dig- nitaries, political leaders and guests. The theme of the lun- cheon was, “Advocacy in Ac- tion: A Stronger Presence, A Stronger Voice.” Rev. Boyd told attendees, “Galatians 6:9 tells us: ‘Let us not be weary in well doing. For in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.’” She said National Executive Committee members pose with interim Southern regional director and acting the current economic and po- regional representative before the Opening Session of the 43rd Southern Regional Conference. PIC- litical climate proves “we have TURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): National Treasurer Terri R. Prunty, National Secretary Beverly E. Smith, National more work to do. We need to Second Vice President Chelsea C. Hayes, National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, Interim get busy, and we need to get Southern Regional Director Lois Gilder, Acting Southern Regional Representative Zamyra Lambert, moving.” National First Vice President Paulette C. Walker. PHOTO BY D. DENISE PETERSON JOURNAL Summer 2012 47 ▲


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