Last Thursday, sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority invaded Memphis for their 43rd Southern Regional Conference, which ended over the July 4th weekend. This was a good thing for local restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and cultural attractions, as they all saw substantial increases in business. A group of 4,000 women coming into town will do that.
The sorority is the largest African-American women’s organization in the country, and the conference was hosted by the Memphis Alumnae and Shelby County Alumnae chapters. The festivities included impassioned speeches about sisterhood and involvement in the community. The latter will be accomplished through a special outreach project for Memphis kids. There were also a variety of workshops and networking receptions, step shows, a social action luncheon, a formal banquet, music by their 100-voice choir, and an ecumenical service.
At the end of the conference, the sisters left gifts for Memphis by launching a huge book drive, distributing thousands of new books to Memphis children. Many of them visited community day care centers, elementary schools, and children’s hospitals to meet and read to the kids.
The Deltas are now planning for their 100th anniversary in 2013. Thanks for leaving your mark on Memphis, ladies!
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