Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon
For its Regional Day of Service, the Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, set aside March 26 to learn about the economic prosperity and employment pillar of Empower The Village and celebrate the birthdays of Morristown Alumnae members born in the month of March, all while supporting Asahda’s Soulfood Restaurant.
Karima Singleton is the owner and operator of Asahda’s Soulfood Restaurant. She courageously opened Asahda’s in December 2020 during the global coronavirus pandemic. Despite the challenges the circumstance has wrought, her business is still going strong. The restaurant features a new menu each day, which Singleton posts on social media. Popular menu items include fried and jerk chicken, turkey wings, baked macaroni and cheese, green beans, mustard greens, and cornbread. Asahda’s is located in Chatham, New Jersey, and offers dine-in, take-out, and private-party services.
Empower The Village (ETV) is a data-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Morristown Alumnae member Ayo Sanderson Wilson in 2018. ETV’s economic prosperity and employment pillar focuses on supporting Black-owned businesses through its Make Every Friday, Black Friday® movement, its Village Black Pages® business directories, and other initiatives. Make Every Friday, Black Friday® encourages all Americans interested in racial equity to help close the wealth gap between Black Americans and other Americans by supporting Black-owned businesses and communities with their dollars at least one out of seven days each week. Individuals in search of a Black-owned business to support can turn to ETV’s Village Black Pages®, which are free online directories of Black-owned businesses located in 25 states, including New Jersey and other states located in the Eastern Region of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Incorporated.
“The Regional Day of Service allowed our chapter to multitask. We simultaneously supported both a Black- and woman-owned business as well as a Black-community-centric nonprofit organization. We also had lots of fun breaking bread and fellowshipping with our sorors, family members, and friends,” shared Kimberly C. Monroe, president of Morristown Alumnae and one of the birthday celebrants.
Forty guests participated in the Regional Day of Service, 21 of whom were Morristown Alumnae members. The event garnered more than $1,250 for Asadha’s and introduced ETV to a new pool of constituents.