This cause was directed by Soror Vera Fletcher, member of PWCAC, and her husband, Emmitt Fletcher, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. They galvanized support from the PWCAC and the community, facing great opposition. The renaming entailed removing the name of former Governor Mills Godwin, a segregationist and one of the architects of the “Massive Resistance” to the racial integration of schools. The resistance movement closed schools in the area for African-Americans and poor white students for five years. Through letter writing campaigns, attendance at Prince William County School Board meetings and long hours of research, Soror Vera and Brother Emmitt Fletcher along with Sorors Tabatha Turman, immediate past chapter president; Lillie Jessie, vice chairman, Prince William County Schools; Patricia House; Joanne Bagnerise; and many others reached the goal. On June 30, 2016, the school was officially renamed the George M. Hampton Middle School. The PWCAC is ecstatic with this victory and even more energized to carry out our Sorority’s Political Involvement Programmatic Thrust. s Sisterhood & Service were evident at the 104th Founders Day celebration, “Pearls of Wisdom, Legacy of Our Founders,” hosted by Richmond Richmond Alumnae donates to Change the World RVA during their Founders Day Celebration. PICTURED (L – R) FRONT ROW: Adrienna Alexander, Longwood University; Connie Cuffee, RAC president; Elaine Williams, Virginia Commonwealth University; BACK ROW: Natalie May, program’s founder and executive director; Renée Fleming Mills, Public Service Initiative coordinator; Mildred Stith Barden and Teresa H. Olson (Founders Day Committee co-chairs). s72 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Alumnae for Central Virginia/ Tidewater Chapters. Originally scheduled for the first weekend in January, the celebration was postponed to mid-February following a torrential snowstorm that crippled the Richmond area. The celebration, held during Black History Month, was enjoyed by over 1,375 members who gathered in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Host chapter sorors were attired in winter white, violets and pearls and visiting sorors were attired in crimson. Participating chapters, contacted prior to the celebration, received information and urged to send donations for the public service initiative. Change the World RVA, the selected organization, is the only nonprofit in the region that specifically supports high school and college students in Richmond who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. After students graduate from high school, the organization continues to provide support for their transition to college and careers; those going to college, receive support throughout matriculation. After a PowerPoint presentation, the program’s founder and executive director, and two program participants, one currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University and the other at Longwood University, briefly spoke of challenges and hopes for their futures. In addition to the chapters’ donations, members were encouraged to make individual donations to Change the World RVA. The celebration ended with a presentation of all collected monies from individual members and the chapter totaling $4,756. s Members of the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Renaming Committee with Emmitt Fletcher (CENTER) and Dr. George M. Hampton, community activist, during the Mills Goodwin school renaming.
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