Dear Esteemed National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker and members of the Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
My name is Elizabeth Miranda. I was initiated in the Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in March of 2001.I am also a proud graduate of Wellesley College. Before college and Delta Sigma Theta altered my life’s path I was a 19 year girl whose mother had her as a teenager, a new immigrant to this country who never finished high school and from the Dudley Street Triangle of Roxbury (one of Boston’s neighborhoods which at one point was Boston’s poorest section). So I know a thing or two about change and growth. I am an Gun Violence Activist, Philanthropist, Radio Personality, Entrepreneur and Professor in Boston. It is with much respect, love and integrity that I write this letter to express my disappointment with the organization’s recent stance on protesting.
Like many women in our organization, I have seen the recent communications from Delta leadership to the body. I am saddened that our organization would request that our powerful membership NOT wear our letters while we protest the most recent unjust killings and police brutality happening in our country before our own very eyes. Especially since they not only involve Black men, but women and children–touching our entire communities.
The world is LOOKING to us and for us.
I am a 13 year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. This decision was THEE best decision I made. It has shaped me profoundly as a woman, a citizen and entrepreneur. I believe we should be able to wear our letters to protest what is happening all around us. Our very own beginnings as an illustrious organization founded on Christian principles, are marked by marching during the women’s suffrage movement. Being a Delta has taught me to have empathy for those who are less pursuit, to push to remain on the right side of justice and many other attributes I retain today as a 34 year old woman. We are women who seek success, but who have made the world “better” than we found it. This is our moment for the betterment of society. This is a moment where the handicaps of racism and police brutality are crippling our neighborhoods, small towns and cities alike.
I am also sure that as leadership you are trying to protect us and have been given legal advice on this matter. I felt compelled to write this letter openly , as well as sent you a copy to try to encourage (US) to NOT sit idle, stand in the back, be the last, be muted, and /or to tuck away our letters. These are the very same letters we protested to receive. The very same letters we have worn in support of just causes across this globe and since our very own inception. We were not and will never be a “regular” Sorority. The Delta I know is Black History. She is Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights and Change. She is Black Power. She is the voice of Black Womanhood. The Delta I know is, Mary Church Terrell, Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Dorothy I. Height, Fannie Lou Hamer, Osceola McCarthy Adams, Ruby Dee Davis and over 200,000 women who do and who will make a difference every day.
The Delta I Know, taught me to be a servant to mankind, a sister to all and seek the highest in my scholastic and career aspirations. The Delta I know is the voice for the people. She is the hand that uplifts. She is the shoulder for mothers who lose their children to gun violence. She is the healer of those who are suffering. She is the voice of the community. She is the Matriarch, the Queen, The Reverend, The CEO, the Attorney, Educator, Doctor, Mother, and she is even the Black woman who is not always seen, but often felt and heard.
We are the leaders. We are the change makers. We are noise makers. We are the women who speak up and stand out for humanity. We are social action and political awareness and involvement. We do not shy from confronting the issues of our time. We are bold, beautiful and bright. We wear our letters to show our communities we are in solidarity with their fight and understand their plight. We wear Delta Sigma Theta, with pride and dignity.
I was taught the work of Delta is not only in our meetings, our special events and programs—it is on the blocks of our ghettos, the halls of our schools; it’s in the shelters and in the streets. It is front and center. So why would we not VISIBLY stand up, speak up and stand out? We are the ONES we have been waiting for.
I implore you as the leadership of this amazing organization that changed my life, to reconsider your stance because The Delta I know, we all know is about being at the front lines; not hidden among the crowds or standing on the sidelines. I am ONE Delta, but history has reminded me that ONE Delta at a time has changed our world.
I apologize wholeheartedly Sorors, but I will wear my letters to protest. I cannot abide by recommendations that in my opinion are not reflective of our very own foundation. The Delta in me, the Delta I know, the Delta the world should see cannot be without the very letters that make her the most notable African-American organization of the last century. We are the people, who need us to show up and show out.
#realdeltas make a difference.
p.s. I will also add because I am sure that someone will ask; I am not currently financial (I can write another letter stating why). I spent the better part of a decade in our organization being incredibly active and STILL today do the work of Delta every day in my city of Boston. I know for sure that any Soror or any other member of a Black Greek Lettered Organization in my region will attest to the fact that I am a great woman of Delta. As I was about to be reclaimed, pay my dues and return to my local chapter—I saw your notice and my heart sank. I will still go on with my plans to reclaim myself because I believe in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and her principles. However, I did not join Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for pearls and pumps. I joined – likes tens of thousands of women across the world- because Delta’s influential history is etched in all of African-American history. She has always been about persistence, progress and collective power. She is an inspiration to all. She is not timid, passive aggressive or on mute.
#blacklivesmatter #wwt22do #deltasigmatheta