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  • Writer's pictureCarol Prewitt

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated “Seeing Black in Red” Event

In the words of Sorority member Mattie White, “Literacy is the gateway to knowledge. African American literature promotes knowledge of a rich history and culture of African American people.” Literacy is important for all children; however, it is especially crucial for African American children to learn about African American literature. It increases self-esteem, confidence, and empowerment.

The Montgomery County Ohio Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, in partnership with Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton Metro Library, National Association of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), hosted a day of "Seeing Black in Red " a focus on literacy. The program was held at the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch, 2410 Philadelphia Dr., September 30, 2023. The theatrical literacy program emphasized women and girl’s empowerment, cultural appreciation, and Social Action.

Sorority member, Mattie White dressed as Rosa Parks and read aloud a book about Rosa Parks' life. Children engaged by answering questions and completing a craft related to the book. Attendees also heard stories about Shirley Chisholm and Misty Copeland. Everyone had an opportunity to interact with African American literature. Every child was able to select as many free books as they desired. The books were donated by Sorority member, Shelley Powell. Children paired with Sorority members to work puzzles and play games. Parents were very appreciative of the program focus and student engagement activities. Some of them inquired if the Sorority will continue the program in hopes of continued literacy learning opportunities for the children.

Improved literacy can contribute to economic growth, reduced poverty, reduced crime, increase civic engagement and enhance cultural richness. The Sorority remains proactive in its pursuit to provide and/or help ensure the necessary resources and support to develop literacy skills in African American children is ongoing. This includes access to high-quality reading materials, effective teaching strategies, and individualized instruction when needed.

Additionally, adults, age 18 years and older were provided the opportunity to register to vote.

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