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RRegional Conference Highlights FARWEST REGION ▲ JULY 7–10, 2016 ▲ PORTLAND, OREGON Passing the Baton: Next Generation Change Agents Run the Race toward Eradicating Social Injustice 16 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By Shanté Morgan-Durisseau Honorary Member Tererai Trent, Ph.D., an internationally recognized advo-cate for education and women’s empowerment, called on members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated to continue their commitment to “righting the wrongs” in our communities. Speaking to a room full of Deltas and guests during the 50th Farwest Regional Conference Social Action Luncheon at the Oregon Convention Center, Trent used her own life story as an example of how Deltas must be change agents. “You are holding that baton, redefining and making sure our young women are passing on the right baton to the next generation,” said Trent, who as a young girl in rural Zimbabwe was denied a formal education, married off at 11 and the mother of three children by 18. “As Deltas, we walk with social action because ultimately we are talking about righting the wrongs that our com-munities face.” Farwest Regional Director Sandra Phillips Johnson, left, and Farwest Regional Representative Mariah Kelly, right, applaud Honorary Member Tererai Trent for her inspirational words as the keynote speaker during the Farwest Region’s Social Action Luncheon. PHOTO BY TAMIE TRIPLETT Both Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President and outgoing Farwest Regional Director Sandra Phillips Johnson ap-plauded Soror Trent for her message and dedication to education and social action. In keeping with the theme, “Advocacy in Action: 50 Years and Beyond,” Soror Walker urged members to acknowledge and embrace Delta’s legacy. “We’ve been chosen and called to serve to provide an uncompromising commit-ment, so we can transform lives and impact communities through service, leadership and empowerment,” Walker said. She add-ed that issues such as gun violence, police brutality, the growing achievement gap, the financial threat to HBCUs, starving chil-dren, voter suppression and mental health awareness should no longer be topics of conversation with “empty dialogue with no resolutions.” Deltas’ call to action, Soror Walker stressed, is to never remain silent in the face of oppression and to pass the baton. “We are the red army,” she said. “It’s our obligation to break the chains.”


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