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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to host Southern Regional Conference in Memphis

The Memphis and Shelby County Tennessee Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host 4,000 “women in red” at the 43rd Southern Regional Conference. The Memphis and Shelby County Tennessee Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host 4,000 “women in red” at the 43rd Southern Regional Conference, June 30-July 3 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Conference representatives are expected from, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, the Bahamas and Tennessee.

This year’s conference theme is “Delta Sigma Theta – A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities.”

 “ Our theme reflects our role as women called to serve communities with passion, purpose and power,” said Memphian Lois Gilder, who serves as the Southern Regional Director.

 “As you can imagine, I’m absolutely elated that my hometown was chosen as the site of this extraordinary event. We want local citizens to know that behind our bright red and white colors is an unwavering commitment to roll up our sleeves and use our education and influence to reach, teach, and help rebuild lives.”

The sorority uses its five-point programmatic thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs.

A highlight of this year’s conference will be the collection of thousands of books for pre-school and elementary school-age children in Tennessee. As part of the massive book drive, members will read stories to children at various locations throughout the city. The Media Location for the book readings will occur on Thursday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew AME Church, 867 S. Parkway East.

Founded in 1913 at Howard University, Delta has more than 900 chapters worldwide and over 250,000 members. Delta women have woven a powerful thread of exemplary leadership and service throughout the Mid-South and the nation. Some of Memphis’s most notable Deltas, past and present, include Mary Church Terrell, Maxine Smith, Lois DeBerry, Johnnie Turner, Dr. Carol Johnson, Dr. Barbara Duncan-Cody, Judge Carolyn Blackett, Judge Deborah Means Henderson, Beverly Robertson, Harriet Ish Walker, Frances Dancy Hooks, Cathy Ross, Stephanie Scurlock, Tomeka Hart, Rochelle Stevens, along with a host of other distinguished physicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, civic and political leaders and media personalities.

Other famous Deltas, past and present, include Dorothy I. Height, Mary McLeod Bethune, Marian Wright Edelman, Eunice Johnson, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Betty Shabazz, Barbara Jordan, Johnetta B. Cole, Soledad O’Brien, Aretha Franklin, Ruby Dee, Camille Cosby, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Caesar, Natalie Cole, Cicely Tyson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, two former Miss Americas (Kimberly Aiken-Cockerham and Ericka Dunlap), and many other household names and history-makers.

During the conference, there will be several events where the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Tickets to these events can be purchased at the Convention Center’s ticket booth beginning Thursday, June 30, at 9 a.m.

A popular event is the Collegiate Step Show, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 30, from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Cannon Center. Tickets are $35. And the Social Action Luncheon, Saturday, July 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will be held at the Convention Center’s Northwest and Southwest Halls. Tickets are $45.

(For more information about the conference, contact Southern Regional Director, Lois Gilder at 901-398-3478.)

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