Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon
The Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, kicked off its social action agenda by co-hosting a town hall forum at St. Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey, on Sept. 22, 2022. The event focused on the history of voting rights for African Americans and the power and impact of their collective electoral voice in advancing public policies that improve the lives of Black people in the United States. Co-hosted by St. Elizabeth University and local collegiate and alumni chapters of the Divine Nine, the town hall featured a panel discussion with representatives from the NAACP and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and culminated with a step show.
“It was great to see so many college students in attendance,” remarked Kimberly Monroe, president of Morristown Alumnae. “We must continually impress upon them the value of their vote. An act as simple as casting a ballot, can change the course of history. I think the town hall succeeded in impressing upon the students the seriousness of the matter.”
The evening concluded with a fellowship reception, which allowed for further discourse and engagement with the Divine Nine members and university representatives.
“Morristown Alumnae members welcomed the opportunity to talk about social action and our political awareness and involvement thrust,” Monroe stated. “Who knows? Our activism and encouragement could inspire a future governor of New Jersey or president of the United States.”