Three dynamic local personalities who have tremendously impacted the community were honored at Thursday night’s opening ceremony of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 51st Farwest Regional Conference being held this week in Pasadena.
The Sorority, the largest sorority of Black women in the nation, will be in town through July 8.
Last night’s events kicked off the Conference for almost 1,000 attendees expected to participate.
Lena Kennedy, a political activist, founder and director of the Southern Women’s Health Conference received the 2018 Farwest Region Political Action Award. Rev. James Lawson, Jr., who has positively impacted many lives in the community by being a civil rights game changer, received the 2018 Farwest Region Civil Activist Award. The third honoree, Mr. Gerald Freeny, who has demonstrated great commitment and advancement to the community in the City of Pasadena as the first African American to lead as President of the Tournament of Roses for the 2018 year, received the 2018 Farwest Region Community Activist Award.
Hosted by one of the 90 chapters that make up the sorority’s Farwest Region, the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, the event displays the “magic of Delta Sigma Theta” at the Pasadena Convention Center for the more than 1,000 attendees.
It includes business meetings, workshops, and formal luncheons. In addition, a special tribute and celebration will take place honoring Pasadena community leaders and National Civil Rights leaders.
The Sorority traces its history back to 1913, when it was founded by 22 incredible college students on the campus of Howard University. As their first public act, it is befitting to note that these young Black women marched in the Women’s Suffrage March in 1913. This was a commendable fete that put their lives at risk during the time of intolerance to women’s rights and African American liberties. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has served as a beacon of light throughout the United States and abroad for over 105 years. Standing on the principles of Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service, this organization has been game changers to say the least, and the legacy continues.