Delta Sigma Theta hosts public forum to involve community
by Candrese Jones
Apr 19, 2011 | 10043 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host an “Advocacy in Action” public forum 6:45 p.m. Thursday at city hall in Shaw.

“The purpose of the event is to continue the legacy of our founders who formed Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with hopes that the organization would become a viable force in the movement for social change,” said President Elaine Baker. “Delta's first public act, two months after our founding in 1913, was to participate in the Women's Suffrage March, and our commitment to social action was recognized in The Washington Times.

“The public forums provide a vehicle for civic engagement designed to foster political awareness and involvement,” said Baker. “This is one of the Five-Point Program Thrusts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Through the public forums, the Bolivar County Alumnae Chapter is committed to engaging citizens throughout the chapter's service area of Bolivar and North Sunflower counties addressing the issues that affect public policy, economic viability and social justice.”

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event. There will be a panel of guests at this event, which will include government officials.

“This event is important to, first: establish positions on emerging or perennial public issues in the service area of the Bolivar County Alumnae Chapter, the state of Mississippi and the nation,” said Baker. “Additionally, these forums help to determine appropriate policy responses, and direct the actions of members of the Bolivar County Alumnae Chapter in a non-partisan manner.

“This event is important, also, because it focuses on the elected leadership at the city, county, state and national levels,” she continued. “Moreover, it fosters policy advocacy and empowerment among chapter members and forum participants to bring about effective solutions to challenges.

“The Bolivar County Alumnae Chapter proudly serves Bolivar and North Sunflower Counties,” said Baker.