RRegional Conference Highlights SOUTHWEST REGION ▲ AUGUST 11–14, 2016 ▲ SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS DEFINING YOUR PLACE IN THE MOVEMENT: Public Servant and Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 24 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By Vickee Gray Racism, classism, sexism, age-ism, homophobia, police bru-tality, gun violence, poverty, lack of affordable and quality healthcare, human trafficking, homelessness, lack of education and afford-able housing were under attack as members were urged to be equipped and become the audacious servants who should address criti-cal issues that plague our communities. Social action luncheon keynote speaker and National Social Action Commissioner Shavon Arline-Bradley, asked the audience a probing question during the 45th South-west Regional Conference in San Antonio, Texas: “In times like these, what does it take to be an audacious servant and a committed member of Delta Sigma Theta?” According to Soror Arline-Bradley, in order to be an audacious servant in the Black community, Deltas must know their history, the value of their name and who created them to serve. She challenged mem-bers to examine their place in the move-ment and urged them to stop looking down at young activists and allow them to have a voice. Soror Arline-Bradley reminded mem-bers that the 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated were young, bold and daring when it came to service and that Deltas are action-oriented people. “Don’t be so content in your own suc-cess that you forget about the conditions of your own people,” Soror Arline-Bradley said. “If the women and men in your com-munity don’t care to hear about Delta, it’s time to look in the mirror.” Soror Shavon Arline-Bradley, National Social Action commissioner, gives the keynote address during the South Atlantic Region’s Social Action Luncheon. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BROOKS Greetings were brought by Soror Veronica D. Moore, Office of Intergovern-mental Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI; Soror Ivy Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio; Gwen Ambers, National Social Action Commis-sion; and Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President. A special award was presented to Soror Moore for her dedication and service in the area of affordable healthcare. Other program participants included Sam Houston High School with the pre-sentation of colors; dance interpretation by Soror Madelyn Clark, Theta Xi Chapter at the University of Louisiana; and a musical selection by violinist, Jeremy Green. Social Action awards were presented to the Beta Gamma Chapter, the Lambda Rho Chapter and Collin County Alumnae Chapter. Soror Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President, led the social action charge calling on members to take action and let communities know about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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