Memphis Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Six members of Delta Sigma Theta members and five wearing black VOTE t-shirts

Political Awareness and Involvement

As members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Memphis Alumnae Chapter (MAC) has a longstanding tradition of advocacy for political issues impacting our communities. Since 1935, the chapter members have been empowered to affect change at every governing level. Some of our chapter’s most notable social changemakers include, the late Tennessee Representative Lois DeBerry, one of the longest serving female lawmakers in the nation; the late Maxine A. Smith, civil rights activist and executive secretary for the NAACP, Memphis Chapter; and former Tennessee Representative, Johnnie Turner, who chaired the MAC Social Action committee for a number of years. Today, MAC members continue to make our collective voices heard with voter registration drives, candidate forums, Census initiatives and more.

Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital

In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members’ involvement in the national public policy-making progress.

Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital and Delta Days at the State Capital are hallmark forums for MAC members. These activities serve to galvanize the chapter by affording members the opportunity to attend legislative briefings, issue forum and advocacy skill development.

Social Action

The Memphis Alumnae Social Action committee works to develop and implement programming that will influence the political process locally, statewide and nationally. Chapter members exercise the power of our voices through ongoing active legislative engagement to drive enactment of critical policies and laws.

Memphis Alumnae Chapter Social Action Initiatives

Working in tandem with the National Social Action Commission, Memphis Alumnae Chapter will focus on the following initiatives and activities:

  • Support voter registration and voter education programs
  • Combat voter suppression
  • Full restoration of voting rights for individuals who have paid their debt to society (ex-offenders)
  • Abolish racial profiling
  • Support affordable health care and access to quality health care
  • Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment
  • Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Political Awareness and Involvement
  • Support gender equality

To learn more about these programs or how to participate, email macdstsocialactionforyou@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Sorority’s Political Awareness & Involvement efforts, visit deltasigmatheta.org.