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Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 - "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run."

 


Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 Addresses How African Americans Can Leverage Their Power in Government

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will convene in Washington D.C. for Zeta Day on the Hill (ZDOTH) 2016. ZDOTH will provide community leaders from 15 states a platform to voice their concerns on issues that affect minority communities across the United States.  This day-long event informs attendees how to make significant policy changes in their communities by getting engaged in government.

The theme of this year's ZDOTH will be "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run." Preceding the 46th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, ZDOTH will focus its discussion on sharing ways that African Americans can unleash their collective power to drive change in their communities, and ultimately run for political office.

"In 2012, when President Barack Obama was re-elected, African American women were 33% more likely than any other sub-group to vote," said Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, Zeta International President. "Our power goes far beyond our vote. Zeta is demonstrating how community leaders can take their rightful seat at the political table and direct the kind of change we want to see in our communities."

Past Zeta International President, Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, a member of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, will be joined by leadership representatives from the NAACP, the White House Council of Women and Girls, the American Association of University Women, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host workshops to help Zeta leaders tackle key issues that plague their communities. 

The day will culminate with a public community forum, A Seat at the Table: Black Women as VotersAdvocates, and Elected Officials featuring an expert panel of women, including Congresswoman Donna Edwards.

Zeta Day on the Hill will take place at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW in Washington, D.C.

 


South Dade Alphas Donate School Supplies to Chapman Elementary

 


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From left, chapter member Chris Stevenson, unidentified school faculty member and chapter member Gerson Sanchez with donated supplies for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Thank you to the men of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as they recently adopted Dr. William A. Chapman Elementary School as their 2016 Adopt-A-Classroom grant recipient. The organization showered the school with much needed school supplies for the students. Dr. William A. Chapman was one of Miami's first black physicians. Known for his educational programs on communicable diseases, Chapman's home stands as an iconic landmark and educational resource center in Overtown, the center of Miami's historic African-American community. 

 

 


South Miami-Dade County Alphas Honor MLK through Community Service

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The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated participated in the fourth annual SoMi Lights MLK Service Day Project on January 18, 2016.  Over 100 volunteers took part in the event hosted by Branches South Miami to revitalize four homes in the community, landscape a children's playground, and build butterfly gardens at the Branches satellite location and in the surrounding area. Volunteers were assigned to teams to paint, perform general home maintenance, housing restoration, and manicure property within the community.  The Alphas adopted the task of repainting the home of an ill resident in the neighborhood.  
 
The event was sponsored by Gem Water, AmeriCorps and Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Branches is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate community members on opportunities that can improve their social condition. For over 40 years, Branches has been a vehicle to advocate and tackle social injustices on behalf of disadvantaged citizens. 
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Mission Accomplished - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members Mario Lewis, Vernon Smith, Bryan Jones and youth participants pose for a picture outside the residence they painted.
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Save the Date: Pumps, Pearls, & Politics 2015, 07/25/2015

The Conversation Continues…Is There Still Hope for #OneAmerica?

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Save the Date as Miami's most influential and civic-minded women (and men) will gather again to network, talk politics and address other domestic and international issues at Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015. The event will begin at Noon at The Rusty Pelican Restaurant on beautiful Key Biscayne. With many local and national incidents regarding racism; access to healthcare; education and immigration, the conversation is sure to be lively.

The distinguished panel is in formation and includes: Keynote speaker Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson; Adora Obi Nweze, President-Florida State Conference of the NAACP and President - Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP; Annette Taddeo, Past Vice Chair - Florida Democratic Party & Past Chair, Miami-Dade Democratic Party; and Attorney Patricia St. Vil-Joseph, alsoFirst Lady of the City of North Miami. Entertainment will again include Pumps, Pearls & Politics Poet Laureate and Grammy-nominated Spoken Word Artist Rebecca  “Butterfly” Vaughns. Women's organizations will also be recognized for their social service and civic accomplishments.

 

PUMPS, PEARLS & POLITICS 2015

SATURDAY - 07/25/2015

Noon

THE RUSTY PELICAN

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway

Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Admission: $35 [Seating is Limited.]

 

To pay by mail: Make check or money order payable to and mail to Gamma Zeta Omega, PO Box 530711, Miami Shores, FL 33153. (Payments must be received by 07.11.2015.) Online payment instructions are forthcoming.

For more information or to RSVP, call or text Vanessa Byers at 305.323.7614 or email pumpspearlspolitics@gmail.com.

 

Presented by The Connection Committee of Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

 


Miami Alumni Kappas initiate four



 


The Miami Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity initiated four gentlemen into their distinguished brotherhood. Congratulations to (left to right) Fougere Jacquelin, Sean Chinn, Randall Heidelburg and Fredrick Alan Morley.





 



Step Show 3/15

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the local consortium of graduate chapters of historically black Greek-letter organizations, will present their highly-anticipated Step Show at 5 PM, Sunday, March 15, 2015, Florida International University, US Century Bank Arena, 11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33199.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the organization's scholarship fund. For tickets and information, e-mail: miamidade_nphc@yahoo.com.

 

 


Local Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapter Celebrates 75 Years

Preparations are underway for the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the chartering of Miami’s Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The Chapter’s itinerary of commemorative festivities will include concurrent wreath-laying ceremonies for deceased Chapter presidents; a community service project; and a historic luncheon featuring the organization’s international president, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. Gamma Zeta Omega is the oldest chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in Florida.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha - Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter members pose for a group photo at the springtime Cotton Dress Dance in the 1940s at the Rockland Palace at 829 Northwest 2nd Avenue (Overtown). The dance was held as a fundraiser for scholarships and chapter programs. Seated left to right: Gwendolyn Welters, Dorothy Edwards, Grace Albert, Ida Ratcliffe and Clayton Lowe. Second Row, left to right: Joycelyn Burroughs, Ophelia Wilson, Anna B. Ward, Unidentified Member, Jeanette Gill, Ruby Mizell, Inez Haley and Louise Davis. Third Row, left to right: Rose Stewart, Hazel Davis, Mary Ford, Madeleine Portier, Susie Francis, Dolores Bethel, Sara Stewart, Sara Bellinger, Thena Crowder and Eddie Wilson.

 

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BGLOs and supporters unite to boot Sorority Sisters show from VH1

 

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VH1 has not officially announced the cancellation of their reality show Sorority Sisters but their actions and news reports indicate it has.

On December 15, 2014, VH1 premiered a new reality show called Sorority Sisters. A petition, that had gained over 40,000 signatures protesting the show was not enough to prevent the show’s airing. The backlash grew into a digital protest largely headed by Lawrence Ross, author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Rather than direct the protest solely to VH1, the army of protestors targeted the show’s sponsors. Quickly, most of the sponsors pulled their advertising dollars. The first sign of defeat on the part of VH1 was the airing of a episode called “Sorority Sisters: The Dialogue” in which cast members shared their feelings about their participation on the show and the backlash. There were tearful moments and reports of death threats. Such episodes are typically reserved for reality show reunions.

Subsequent to the airing of The Dialogue episode, two of the cast members, my sorority sisters, April McRae and Rwanda “Joy” Hammond were suspended from Alpha Kappa Alpha until July 2016. Reasonably, one would expect other members of the cast to be suspended for violating their sorority’s policies.

Sorority Sisters continued to lose viewers and advertisers. VH1 surrendered by airing the final three episodes of the show during its graveyard hours last night and the show is history. Perhaps. Hulu, the online video will be offering episodes to its subscribers. Stay tuned for another boycott. 

Depending on one’s perspective, the backlash from Sorority Sisters was either very good or very bad. While the situation showed what folks can do when they galvanize, strategize and execute a plan of action, it also rehashed longstanding animosity between college-educated Blacks and non-college educated Blacks. There were also allegations of hypocrisy about targeting Sorority sisters and not other reality television shows. Rather than allowing the focus of the campaign to be shifted via distractions, the Boycott Sorority movement sisters has grown to The Conscious Movement and other shows such as Love & Hip Hop are in their crosshairs. 

One lesson learned from Sorority Sisters is that black folk can effect change. A celebrity is not needed to be the face of a movement. Mega dollars are not required to fund a media campaign. A protest march is not required. Everyday folks with knowledge and access to the internet can make things happen.  

Unfortunately, the women who chose to be a part of Sorority Sisters will inextricably tied to the show forever. They could be very nice people who tried to use the show to advance their careers who were used instead. People who are not members of BGLOs (Black Greek-letter organizations) cannot truly understand the outrage behind the protest of Sorority Sisters but you want to know what? If you think the backlash was only abgout the Deltas, AKAs, SGRhos and Zetas, then you so don’t get the point. That show was demeaning to Black women in general. The negative depictions of Black women in the media become the reality for some little black girls when they grow up. 

As a black woman, it was painful to hear a Sorority Sisters cast member refer to another as a bitch. The seemingly scripted tension between the women was just too much. Sorority Sisters is a horrible show and it needed to be buried. Amen. 

 

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This is an actual picture from VH1 of cast member, Priyanka Banks, a member of Delta Sigma Theta. This is the actual caption: "Priyanka CRACKS US UP!!!! #SororitySisters" Really, VH1? Not cute. Not entertaining. Disrespectful.

 

 
 

The Delta Foundation Selects Project Director For New Teacher Efficacy Program

 

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) has selected Dr. Johni Cruse-Craig to lead The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, the recently launched educational initiative that focuses on teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The Georgia middle school science teacher with extensive experience in leadership development is charged with directing the three-year, national program.

 

The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, a collaborative between DREF and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is underwritten by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to DREF. "The collaboration between DREF and the Sorority emanates from our joint commitment to ensure that all students are educated in a manner that prepares them to enter and excel in college and ultimately create a thriving life and career for themselves," said Alison J. Harmon, Ed.D., president, DREF Board of Directors.

"Dr. Cruse-Craig brings a wealth of vital experience, theoretical and tactical to the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign. Our program aims to increase student achievement through effective teaching. She has the expertise to direct our program to successfully achieve its goal of realizing effective teaching and student academic success," said Patricia Watkins Lattimore, DREF chief executive officer.

Throughout her 17-year career as an educator, Dr. Cruse-Craig has held key roles including service as a middle school science and mathematics teacher in Georgia and North Carolina schools, Race to the Top Teacher Effectiveness Facilitator, curriculum and instruction specialist, assessment, data analysis leader, process improvement and performance engagement leader.

Most recently, she served as Science Department Chair and Grade Level Science Lead Teacher for the DeKalb County School District. She increased the number of students meeting the expectations in the science department and successfully established instructional direction by analyzing and prioritizing student achievement data.

Dr. Cruse-Craig remarked, "My passion runs deep and is like a consuming fire that radiates and transfers into my every thought… I am humbly grateful to serve in such a capacity, as this is a calling and not a job."

In 2011, Dr. Cruse-Craig earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and instruction from Argosy University in Atlanta, GA, a master's degree in middle grades mathematics and science from Brenau University, Gainesville, GA. and began her undergraduate studies at Shaw University, Raleigh, NC. For more details, visit www.deltafoundation.net.