The Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. observed its annual May Week celebration, May 4-11. This year’s theme, “Advancing Education Through Sisterhood,” highlighted the importance of education through academics and professional achievements.
The Inaugural Dorothy I. Height Tea kicked off the May Week events on Saturday, May at the Westin Hotel. The keynote speaker for the event was Jade D. Dodds, Esq. As part of this year’s May Week activities, the recipients of the $17,500 awarded by the chapter in scholarships and legacy awards were recognized during the tea. The chapter awarded $1,000 in scholarships to Alexis Lazenby, Alisia Lindsey, Anaya Griggs, Ariana O’Guinn, Ariyah Robinson, Casiee Jordan, Daisha Hicks, Hayle Mack, Imari Smith, K’Dayla Jordan, Kendall Crum, Kendal Lowe, Porsha Farmer, Savanna Caylor, Raven Smith and Veronica Robinson. A $500 Legacy Award, which is given to children of chapter members, went to Hollis Edwards, LaRyn Claridy and Linden Alford.
Other May Week activities for the sorority included worship service at Second Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, May 5 and a Delta Dining and Fellowship Dinner at the Chop House on May 6. Additionally, during the week, a workshop entitled "Introspection Inspection" was presented to students from Howard High School. The seniors at Howard High were challenged to do a thorough self-examination to determine if their actions were pleasing to them and if their behaviors would help them to achieve desired goals. Door prizes and refreshments were provided.
In keeping with the spirit of Dr. Height's dedication to public service, the high point of the May Week celebration was the community service project "Deltas Knock Your Socks Off." The May Week committee's goal was to collect 1,913 pairs of socks, as 1913 was the year the Sorority was founded. The members exceeded that goal and donated over 3,000 pairs of socks to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, the Chattanooga Homeless Coalition and the Chattanooga Rescue Mission.