RENAISSANCE WOMEN VIRTUAL TOUR – Day Fifteen

FOUNDER SPOTLIGHT

Naomi Sewell Richardson

Naomi Sewell Richardson – a native of Washingtonville, New York, Ms. Richardson was extremely involved in social activism and civic service. She was appointed to the East St. Louis public school system after graduation by Dean Lewis B. Moore. Later, she taught in Illinois, Princeton, New Jersey, and New York City. Mrs. Richardson was the last surviving founder when she died in 1993.

Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital
In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation’s Capitol. Delta Days is an annual legislative conference to increase sorority members’ involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and developing advocacy skills. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, staff members, and national policy experts.

In 2009, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated their twentieth anniversary of Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital. The theme was “Advocacy in Action: Strengthening Our Legacy”. Topics included empowering membership to be effective social action advocates in the areas of quality education, affordable health care, Census 2010, and economic viability.

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader.

Mrs. Hamer was instrumental in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She later the chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and attended the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Her plain-spoken manner and fervent belief in the biblical righteousness of her cause gained her a reputation as an electrifying speaker and constant champion of civil rights, with the phrase: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” becoming her epitaph.