The Bond of Sisterhood
Recently, I attended the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. Having achieved the goal of being both a self-published and traditional author, I was there to learn how to build my marketing platform to take my writing career to the next level. The buzz word was social media. According to Joseph Thornley, CEO of Thornley Fallis, Social media are online communications in which individuals shift fluidly and flexibly between the role of audience and author. To do this, they use social software that enables anyone without knowledge of coding, to post, comment on, share or mash up content and to form communities around shared interests. As I sat there listening to the oral presentations, my mind drifted back to over forty years ago when I was a young student at Howard University on the threshold of my career.
In the sixties, we didn’t have computers and social media. But we had something that was just as powerful, if not more so—sororities and fraternities. I was in my senior year when I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and several months later I graduated. Forty years later, the Tantalizing 28, met for their fortieth reunion during the 2007 Howard University Homecoming. I hadn’t seen most of my line sisters since 1967. I was excited about the reunion, but also apprehensive. Would they remember me? I wondered. I was only with them such a short time.
When I walked through the door of my soror’s home for the Friday night meet and greet, I cried as so many arms reached out and embraced me that no amount of online social media networking could accomplish. A weekend of activities gave us the chance to get acquainted again, but always knowing that the bond was still there as evident by the next day’s event. My book signing at the Howard University Bookstore was overflowing with sorors in their red and white. I know that social marketing has its place in today’s high tech world. But it is the human contact and bond of my sorors that has touched my heart.
In 2013, Delta Sigma Theta will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. I look forward to seeing my line sisters again. I am grateful for the 22 women who probably never heard of the phrase social media, but knew that the bond of sisterhood could never be a broken link.
Soror June Michael
About the Author
JJ Michael (aka. June Michael) is the founder of Pathtotruth.com and publisher of Path2truth ezine, a newsletter that promotes spiritual awareness, self-development and world peace. Ms. Michael is the author of Path to Truth: a Spiritual Guide to Higher Consciousness, iUniverse.com, 2000; Life is Never as It Seems, Genesis-Press, 2005 and It’s Not Over Yet, Genesis-Press, 2007.
Ms. Michael just completed Secrets Unraveled, the third in the series to be release in 2010. A renowned numerologist, Ms. Michael appeared in CNN’s segment, “A Wrinkle in Time,” local Virginia Cable Television and has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR). Her formal education includes a BA from Howard University and a MLS from the University of Maryland. For over thirty years, Ms. Michael worked as an administrative librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library System. Besides writing and being an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter, Ms. Michael loves spending time with her family, traveling to sacred sites, playing chess and reading.
About the book
They’re back! The women of the most powerful city in the world, Washington D.C., are sassier than ever. Lindy is no longer an innocent young girl, but a vivacious woman who has one thing on her mind. Betty won’t let her marriage or the marriage of her lover keep them a part. Diana destroys anything and anyone who stands in her way to the top. Margaret, Lindy’s mother, flips between being the loving first lady of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and being the scalawag preaching her own brand of Christianity. Grace Perry, the newcomer to the pack, snoops around finding out the dirt on everyone while hiding her own deep dark past. And lastly, the mysterious healer with her ancient healing secrets holds the key that will either make or break them. And if you don’t think that is enough wait until you find out what the men are up too.
Pauline Oberdorfer Minor – Ms. Minor, an excellent musician, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. While attending Howard University, she became the first treasurer of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 1914, she graduated valedictorian of the Teacher’s College and went on to become President of the Teacher’s Club. Mrs. Minor taught school in Alabama, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Her published book entitled, “Soul Echos” features forty of her own compositions as a renowned mezzo-soprano recitalist.