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RRegional Conference Highlights SOUTHERN REGION ▲ JULY 14–17, 2016 ▲ KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA It’s Time to Get L.O.U.D. Sorors and guests of the 22 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By Shayla Cannady Southern Region convened with “Unbound Determi-nation” at the Social Action Luncheon at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida on July 15. The event served as an opportunity to cel-ebrate members serving in or running for public office. During the luncheon, 24th National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre delivered a keynote address to ignite sorors into action in the communities in which they reside. “Everybody and everything is talking,” said Butler-McIntyre. She continued by asking the question, “When are you going to say some-thing?” According to Soror Butler-McIn-tyre, today’s advertisements are known for incorporating talking an-imals During her keynote address, Soror Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President, urges members to “get L.O.U.D.” in their advocacy efforts and “Dial up” those ready to aid in the fight for justice. PHOTO BY LEATHA SPIVEY to convey a message, it appears that we have gone silent regarding the things that matter most in our communities. Following the 9/11 attacks, the De-partment of Homeland Security launched a nationwide campaign: “If you see something, say something.” The cam-paign aimed to raise awareness about the possibility of terrorism, and to emphasize the importance of suspicious activity to law enforcement officials. Dictionary.com defines suspicious “as a cautious distrust of someone or something.” Butler-McIn-tyre used this example to further explain how this same obligation applies to us as members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In the days leading up to the Sorori-ty’s regional conference cycles, our nation had been plagued with hate and violence, a scene all too familiar to our predeces-sors. From the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando to the shooting of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the officer shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, suspicious ac-tivity, as it’s defined by the DHS, is on the rise in America. Based off of these examples alone, it is evident that the time is now for action. “We cannot act without thinking,” Butler-McIntyre said. “We can’t keep thinking without acting.” As the organization sets out to “be the change we want to see in the world,” Butler-McIntyre urged attendees to get L.O.U.D.: • Lead by the sheer nature of our mem-bership in Delta – We are leaders in our communities. We must become advocates of what is right and report-ers of what is not. • Get Out to Vote; your vote is voice - We must make our right to vote a top priority to ensure that leaders are put in place to make a difference in our world. • Unite with others – As a group work-ing towards a common goal, we are able to achieve more. • Dial up those ready and willing to fight.


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