Princess Anne Alumnae Welcomes Delta’s 16th National President

Submitted by Kyra Purvis

The Princess Anne Alumnae Chapter (PAAC) is invested as a leader in Social Action on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. In just a short year, the chapter has participated in the Legislative agenda by supporting bills aimed at addressing key issues across the state, and has partnered with other local entities to promote community collaboration within the surrounding counties. Through this effort, PAAC has stood for equality, justice, and the elimination of discrimination. To propel the movement forward this year, the chapter welcomed Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated’s 16th National President Thelma T. Daley as the keynote speaker for its Social Justice Community Breakfast held on Nov. 11, 2023.

Dr. Daley’s presence on the Eastern Shore served as a reminder for sorors and the entire community to acknowledge our past while paving a way forward into a better future. Back in February, Dr. Daley was recognized by the Baltimore Sun as one of 11 civil rights legends in Maryland. To a crowd of more than 150, the powerful activist shared the experiences that led her to this point of honor. She spoke of her challenges and how she overcame them. She encouraged participants to find their own purpose and path. She included her Five P’s that an individual must follow to make a maximum impact in the fight for change. Prune, Passion, Purpose with a Plan, Perspicacity- clear understanding, and Perpetuity- longevity. Through her encouraging words, participants left the breakfast knowing they play a pivotal role in propelling the social action movement forward in their own communities and having the tools to start the work.

During breakfast, Dr. Daley was honored by the city of Salisbury with a proclamation signed by Mayor Randy Taylor, naming Nov. 11, 2023 “Thelma T Daley Day.” The recognition is yet another indication of Dr. Daley’s long lasting impact in social action. PAAC was proud to have welcomed a former National President with such zeal to the lower Eastern Shore. This effort could not have been made without the help of chapter members, including leadership Chapter President Dr. Kimberly Ward Purvis, or the assistance of sister chapters — Accomack-Northampton Alumnae, Prince George’s County Alumnae, Cambridge Alumnae, and Upsilon Sigma.

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