Philly Deltas honor Spirit of Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander

Submitted by Submitted by the Strategy, Marketing, and Impact Committee

On Feb. 17, 2024, Executive Board members and past-presidents of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, attended the 36th Annual Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Gala. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the Gala commemorated the 36th Annual Conference honoring the trailblazing work of Delta Sigma Theta’s first past-National President and Penn Law’s first Black woman graduate – Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander.

Held at the historic National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, there was a palpable energy in the room as participants gathered for this auspicious occasion, honoring the pioneering spirit of Dr. Alexander and reflecting on the impact of the conference theme: “The Continued Fight for Equality: 60 Years with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Examining the legacy of this 20th-century watershed legislation, the keynote address was delivered by Johnathan Smith, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice who challenged attendees to consider the complexities of this nuanced legislation’s initial mission for equality, while finding hope in the principles of its existence to address current issues of equity. The gala also highlighted alumni awardees spanning two decades of University of Pennsylvania Black law graduates.

The night concluded with pictures and dancing and was a joyous celebration reflective of the community and advocacy work of Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander. The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter sorors look forward to next year’s event and will continue to honor and uphold the legacy and service of Dr. Alexander.

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