Local Deltas Participated In Re-enactment March In Washington
Savannah Deltas Will Stage A Re-enactment Of The Women’s Suffrage March On Saturday, March 23rd From 10 A.m. – 12 Noon, beginning at the North end of Forsyth Park, walking North along Bull Street to Bay Street. A brief program will be held to commemorate the courage and valor of the 22 collegiate founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority who was the only African American organization to participate in the March. The March is part of the Sorority’s Centennial observance and will also celebrate the enfranchisement of women. Women’s organizations, female youth groups, female community leaders, elected officials, and citizens are invited to join the re-enactment March. Applications for participation can be obtained by calling 912- 232-6048, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and must be received by Monday, March 12th at DST, SUFFRAGE MARCH, PO BOX 22243, SAVANNAH, GA 31403. No registration fee required.
Several members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Savannah Alumnae Chapter, joined more than 18,000 Deltas, friends and representatives of various women’s organizations in Washington, DC, on Sunday, March 3rd, to re-enact the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913, and commemorate the first act for advocacy and social justice in which the 22 collegiate founders of the Sorority participated just two months after its founding January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University.
Deltas traveled from across the country and around the world representing chapters as far away as Japan, Korea, Guam, Germany, Hawaii, and Alaska. As part of the Sorority’s Centennial Celebration and in conjunction with its annual Delta Days at the Nation’s Capitol, Delta women walked the 3.1 mile walk from the West Lawn of the U. S.Capitol, pass the White House, and on to the Washington Monument, chanting enthusiastically, “Tracing the Footsteps of Our Founders.” 22 collegiates from undergraduate chapters on college and university campuses across the nation were selected to portray the 22 founders, and lead the walk.
Savannah members among the Georgia delegation included Grayzel Ellison, Chapter president, Gladys Lambert, Joyce Davis, Carolyn Trimble, Donna Brooks, Rhonda Houston, ZaDonna Slay Anna Watson, Barbara Magwood, Joyce Manker, Jacquelyn Elmore, Myra Pope, Patricia Patterson, Ollie Thomas, Jo Holliman and Shirley James, local Centennial Chairman. The Re-enactment, 100 years to the date of the Women’s Suffrage March of March 3, 1913, occurred during a week that will be remembered in the history of this country. The statue honoring Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks was unveiled in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, while portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act were being argued before the Supreme Court. On Sunday, March 3rd, more than 5,000 persons joined Congressman John Lewis and Vice President Joe Biden in the re-enactment of “Bloody Sunday” – the March from Selma to Montgomery in March 1965 which ultimately led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
However, audiences both in Washington, DC, and Selma, AL, were reminded that Voting Rights are still a challenge today, 48 years later, so we must be vigilant observers and re-commit ourselves to making sure that no one is denied the right to vote.