Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been involved in “social action” almost since its inception. The first public act of the sorority was participation in the march for women’s suffrage (voting rights) on March 3, 1913 down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The sorority commemorated this act during the celebration of our Centennial in 2013.
Social Action is the vehicle through which the Sorority establishes a position on an emerging or perennial public issue, determines the action to be taken, and directs the actions of members, chapters, and representative bodies. The mission of social action in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is to promote leadership, advocacy, and empowerment to effect social change and public policy.
The Quaker City Alumnae chapter continues this involvement in the Philadelphia community by conducting voter registration drives and political candidate forums. Quaker City Alumnae Chapter hosts an annual Delta Day at Philadelphia’s City Council, where the chapter invites the public to join them at a City Council meeting, followed by a closed question and answer session with various council members. We also attend Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members’ involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and advocacy skills development. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff members, and national issues experts.