It has taken me a long time to write this blog. The weight of the subject was a bit daunting. “Renaissance Women 1913-2010: A Sisterhood Called to Serve.” Wow!
In our day to day life, it is sometimes easier to look ahead – to pay attention to things that lay before us, rather than take the time to consider things that came before us. We spend time on goal setting and planning. We make resolutions. We make lists. For many of us, what we are going to do tomorrow is just as important, if not more important than, what we are going to do today. Once yesterday has passed, we tend not to look back.
Writing this blog has given me an opportunity to look back. I have a chance to look back at all the women who came before me who said, “Just because we’ve always done it this way, doesn’t mean we have to keep doing it this way.” I have a chance to look back at the women who came before me who decided they wanted to make a difference, not just in their communities, but in the world. These women are woven into every fabric of my life. That drive, that passion, that strength, that determination, that fortitude was present in both my grandmothers and in their mothers. I was an adult before I recognized it in my mother, but it’s there. I see it blossoming in my daughters. I’ve seen it in my teachers and in the women they taught me about in school. I wanted to be one of “those” women when I grew up.
Little did I know that in the fall of 1991, on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, I would have an opportunity to become one of “those” women. I was initiated into a legacy of change, service, sisterhood and “righteous rule-breaking.” If you don’t like the system, change the system. The desire to change is not always equal to the ability to change, nor is it always met by a system that is open to change. It is this struggle that helps develop character. Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV) says it this way, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
It is the perseverance, character and hope of the 22 founding women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority that makes me proud to follow the trail they blazed. I appreciate the opportunity to look back. I invite you to look back with me. Be thankful for all the trailblazing women in your life who prepared an opportunity for you long before you ever existed.
I also invite us to look ahead. What are we leaving on the trail we set that people will celebrate 97 years from now?
Soror Tracie Jae
About the Author
Tracie Jae is best known to readers as Tracie J. Scott. Tracie was initiated into the Kappa Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the Fall Semester of 1991.
During the years since her first novel, The Puzzle, was released, Tracie’s life has changed as much as her name. She is newly remarried and co-parenting five children. She and her family reside in Houston, TX.
In addition to The Puzzle, Tracie also has a collected work of poetry called Freedom’s Verse. Unfortunately, neither book is currently in print, but there are plans to reprint both upon the release of her second novel which is currently in the pre-writing stage.
In the meantime, readers can follow Tracie Jae online on her blog, Sermons in my Head.
About the bookThe Puzzle is an intriguingly complex story that takes a realistic look at romance in today’s society and pushes the envelope in discussing relationships between men, women and family.
Vergie’s parents taught her to make practical decisions. As a result, she married a man who provided for her financially more than emotionally. When circumstances reunite her with her first true love, she is forced to sort through feelings she was sure no longer existed.
Just when she thinks things could not possibly get more complicated, her family throws her a curve that may be too hard to bear. It seems her parents did not always practice what they preached.
Laugh and cry with Vergie as she tries to assemble the pieces of the puzzle she calls life.
Mamie Reddy Rose – the most warm and gentle of the twenty-two Delta Founders, was from Beta, South Carolina. Although she graduated, she did not pursue her career objective further. Instead, she married and became a homemaker. Later, Mrs. Rose received an award for her outstanding talent as a dramatic reader.