In an ever-changing world, young people witnessing the good…the great….the bad of everyday life are finding comfort in discovering their voices. Through the power of the pen, they know their stories are important, their dreams count, their voices matter and they are poised to make an impact on the world.
In My Voice Matters: Telling Our Stories and Making a Difference, over 40 young writers share stories that speak to the issues they face on a daily basis. Presented by the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., this anthology brings together some of today’s brightest young authors in a compilation of poetry, essays, and short stories. The 4th through 12th graders, featured in this anthology, tackle everything from lighthearted topics such as, “how gaming can change the world,” to touching prose in historical settings, to more serious subjects, such as navigating the world as a young girl, among men.
In the News & What People Are Saying!
WDCAC hosted a Red Carpet book release and signing for the My Voice Matters anthology where the student authors read their works and autographed copies of the book for over 300 people gathered to honor and celebrate their amazing accomplishment! Covered by DCW50 News, the event was heartwarming and inspiring!
History of Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson organized the first Negro History Week Celebration on the second week of February in 1926. The week celebration eventually became a month long celebration which is now known as Black History Month.
February was chosen as Black History Month because two important birthdays occur in February—that of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, and that of Frederick Douglass, an early African American abolitionist.
Important Dates in Black History
The U.S. Capitol was constructed with the help of free Blacks and slaves, working alongside white laborers and craftsmen.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865.
Howard University’s law school becomes the country’s first black law school.
Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.
Spelman College, the first college for black women in the U.S., is founded by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.
Booker T. Washington founds the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama. The school becomes one of the leading schools of higher learning for African Americans, and stresses the practical application of knowledge. In 1896, George Washington Carver begins teaching there as director of the department of agricultural research, gaining an international reputation for his agricultural advances.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded in New York by prominent black and white intellectuals and led by W.E.B. Du Bois. For the next half century, it would serve as the country’s most influential African-American civil rights organization, dedicated to political equality and social justice In 1910, its journal, The Crisis, was launched. Among its well known leaders were James Weldon Johnson, Ella Baker, Moorfield Storey, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, Benjamin Hooks, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julian Bond, and Kwesi Mfume.
Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he is signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers by Branch Rickey.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans. declares that racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional (May 17).
A young black boy, Emmett Till, is brutally murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. Two white men charged with the crime are acquitted by an all-white jury. They later boast about committing the murder. The public outrage generated by the case helps spur the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat at the front of the “colored section” of a bus to a white passenger (Dec.1). In response to her arrest Montgomery’s black community launch a successful year-long bus boycott. Montgomery’s buses are desegregated on Dec. 21, 1956.
On August 28, 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is attended by about 250,000 people, the largest demonstration ever seen in the Nation’s Capital. The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality.
Four young black girls attending Sunday school are killed when a bomb explodes at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a popular location for civil rights meetings. Riots erupt in Birmingham, leading to the deaths of two more black youths (Sept. 15).
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin (July 2).
The bodies of three civil-rights workers are found. Murdered by the KKK, James E. Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner had been working to register black voters in Mississippi (Aug.).
Martin Luther King receives the Nobel Peace Prize. (Oct.)
Sidney Poitier wins the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field. He is the first African American to win the award.
Stokely Carmichael, a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), coins the phrase “black power” in a speech in Seattle (April 19).
Major race riots take place in Newark (July 12-16) and Detroit (July 23-30).
President Johnson appoints Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court. He becomes the first black Supreme Court Justice.
The Supreme Court rules in Loving v. Virginia that prohibiting interracial marriage is unconstitutional. Sixteen states still have anti-miscegenation laws and are forced to revise them.
Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. (April 4).
Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black female U.S. Representative. A Democrat from New York, she was elected in November and served from 1969 to 1983.
Halle Berry becomes the first African American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar. She takes home the statue for her role in Monster’s Ball.
Denzel Washington, the star of Training Day, earns the Best Actor award, making it the first year that African-Americans win both the best actor and actress Oscars.
President Barack Obama, Democrat from Chicago, becomes the first African-American to be nominated as a major party nominee for president and goes on to win the election becoming the nationa’s first African-American president.
The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter (WDCAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s Distinguished Men Cookin’ with the Deltas is a signature program that provides people with a passion for food and cooking, an effective vehicle to support the college aspirations of local youth. This culinary-based community fundraising event has raised over $165,000 for scholarships and other community programs.
This is the 14th annual year for this signature program and this year it is being sponsored jointly by WDCAC and the Washington, D.C. Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (WDCAF). WDCAC and WDCAF have been serving the District of Columbia community for 96 and 32 years respectively through various public service projects. Through the years, each organization has been able to support its projects and scholarships through fundraisers hosted by each organization. Your tax-deductible support through sponsorship and ticket purchases will help take these programs to new levels.
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Enhancing the lives of residents of the District of Columbia, acknowledging educational achievement, and encouraging continued academic pursuits are primary objectives of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter’s (WDCAC) annual scholarship program recognizes graduating high school students who are residents of Washington, D.C. and prior WDCAC scholarship recipients who display academic excellence, community service, leadership skills, and who choose to attend an institution of higher learning.
The Scholarship Committee administers the scholarship program for the WDCAC, which includes making available (www.wdcacdst.org) applications to public, private, charter, and parochial high school seniors in Washington D.C.; as well as, recommending students for the chapter’s scholarships. The Scholarship Committee also is responsible for planning the Back-Pack Brigade (a collection of back-packs & other school supplies).
Winners of Washington DC Alumnae Chapter scholarships are notified in April by the Scholarship Committee, and scholarship awards are presented to the recipients at the Chapter’s Community Forum and Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in May.
During last year’s ceremony we awarded over $30,000 in new and continuing scholarships. We also awarded four trunk scholarships which consisted of items such as towels, sheets, iron, alarm clock, and toiletry items that students will need when they begin college.
The WDCAC offers the following scholarships to DC residents:
All application packages must be received by March 1, 2018
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FOUNDERS DAY 2018
In conjunction with
Beta Iota Chapter,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
REFLECTING * RENEWING * RESTORING
A SISTERHOOD STEEPED IN TRADITION
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018
12:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
UNIVERSITY of the DISTRICT of COLUMBIA — BALLROOM
4200 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC 20008
(accessible from Van Ness-UDC (Red Line) Metro station)
Tickets No Longer Available
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and health advocates are marking the occasion by spotlighting risk factors for the metabolic disorder, health problems associated with it, and how to combat them.
“If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk of developing eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy,” says Dr. Carmen Pal, who heads the Lighthouse Guild Bendheim Center for Diabetes Care. “The good news is that there is much you can do to preserve your vision and reduce your risk of eye disease.
“If you notice any changes in your vision, you should see your physician as soon as possible. However, careful monitoring and regular eye exams, in consultation with your eye care specialist, can help you avoid vision loss, as well as other health problems associated with diabetes.”
Other tips, courtesy of the Lighthouse Guild.
Manage your health. Have a dilated eye examination with your ophthalmologist or optometrist once a year. By monitoring your eye health, you can begin treatment as soon as possible if signs of disease appear.
See an endocrinologist. One of the best ways you can improve your health is to consult an endocrinologist. If you have diabetes, many medications are available to help. Talk to your physician about a referral.
Set up your diabetes team. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, actively manage your health. Learn techniques for monitoring your blood sugar and making lifestyle and dietary changes that will help you feel better.
Take care of your feet. It is especially important for diabetics to pay special attention to their feet. You may not be able to feel or see injuries as well as you should, and cuts may take longer to heal.
Exercise. Regular exercise can help to to control your diabetes.
Try group support. “If you have diabetes, you aren’t alone,” says Pal. “You can join a diabetes support group and learn from people who are in the same situation and understand what you are facing. Share your experience and what you’ve learned and get support from others.”
Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health.
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Thanks to earlier detection –through screening and increased awareness— and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time.
However, there’s much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. And there remains a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having 42 percent higher death rates compared to whites. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent).
If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help you find the answers you need.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:
About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.
At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)