Accomplishments

The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter has celebrated many accomplishments since our chartering including the following historic events:

2010 The Los Angeles Delta Choraliers, under the continual direction of Danellen Joseph, celebrate 25 years of making music with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Chorus in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – January 17, 2010 at Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

2009 Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter celebrates the Delta Spirit Awards and 80th Chapter Anniversary, November 13, 2009 at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel.

2008 On May 24, 2008, the Los Angeles Delta Choraliers (under the continual direction of Danellen Joseph) celebrated 50 years of musical service. The Social Action Committee of Los Angeles Alumnae and Century City Alumnae Chapter collaborate to inaugural Delta Day at Los Angels City Hall.

2007 The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter received Regional recognition by winning the Farwest Region’s “Newsletter Award” for its outstanding communication The Delta News (Newsletter Editor, S. Aisha Corneal). The award was presented by Regional Director, Tressa Williams, at the Farwest Regional Conference in Santa Clara, California on August 17, 2007.

2006 Under the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of Educational Development, the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter won a grant for its Delta Reading Improvement Classes (DRIC) Committee to conduct a Science in Everyday Experiences “SEE” program with elementary aged students. Spear-headed by Sara Pero Bailey, chairperson, our co-partners A-MAN, Inc. International Science and Discovery Center, in Inglewood, Los Angeles World Airports – LAWA, and Parent Elementary School in the Ladera Heights area of Los Angeles, CA, helped make learning science and technology fun.

Mental and Physical Health Committee (S. Aisha Corneal, chairperson/Lori Williams, Co-Chairperson) received National recognition at the National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 1, 2006 by winning the “Lose To Win”: Total Woman Healthy Weight Competition for the Farwest Region.

2005 The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter’s Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program received grant funds from the California Endowment and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s own foundation, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), to develop and publish a cookbook containing healthy recipes to support a program called “Healthy Lifestyle Change for Children”.

Dr. Betty L. Shabazz Delta Academy added a new components -The Delta G.E.M.S. The Delta G.E.M.S. program targets at-risk girls ages fifteen to eighteen, with a “Rites of Passage” component that celebrates these young women as they “Come of Age”.

The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter establishes The Los Angeles Minerva Foundation as a non-profit 501c(3) foundation to manage the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter investments including the Delta Spirit Awards contributions and the distribution of raised funds, contributions, and endowments to the Chapter’s programs and scholarship award recipients.

1997 Following the National Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter established a Dr. Betty L. Shabazz Delta Academy for at-risk girls ages eleven to fourteen. The Chapter’s Delta Academy won National and Regional awards for its innovative program, and was featured in the Los Angeles Times.

1992 The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter, under the presidency of Idealia Roberts, celebrated its first Delta Spirit Awards Celebration fundraising event to fund Chapter programs. Sculptor, Tina Allen, was commissioned to create a unique bronze sculpture – “Delta Spirit”, which is presented to each award honoree. The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter has had the honor of having Lawry’s Foods as a partner in our goal to provide scholarships for higher education, and annually, Lawry’s Foods contributes to the scholarship fund and makes a personal presentation at our May Month celebration.

1986 With our partner, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter broke ground for the two-story multi-use brick building known as the Delta Life Development Center on the corners of West Boulevard, Adams Boulevard and Buckingham Road. The Delta Life Development Center is grant-funded program, which would provide varied life support services for senior citizens.

The Social Action Committee of Los Angeles Alumnae enthusiastically supported the inaugural Delta Day at the State Capitol, and has continued to play a major role in the event over the years.

1966 A permanent Head Start committee, advisory board, and an administrative office was established. The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter staffs and manages 13 Delta Head Start State Pre-School locations.

A new era was ushered in as Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter moved to undertake an effort designed to mobilize its own programs and coordinate existing resources in the community. Thus, the Life Development Project concept was born.

An adjunct to the Delta Life Development Center is the OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information Systems) program. OASIS is co-sponsored by Macy’s (in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Plaza). OASIS has been designated as a model program by the City of Los Angeles

1965 Approximately 350 Sorors participated in Sorority’s National Convention that was hosted by the members of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter in August of 1965. The National Convention took place at the Ambassador Hotel during the time of the Los Angeles Summer Riots which saw the National Guard establish checkpoints at the Ambassador Hotel, with police posted on the hotel’s roof.

National President, and Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter member, Dr. Geraldine P. Woods, was invited to the White House by Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson to participate in the launching of Project Head Start. Later that year, the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter established its first Head Start State Pre-school Program.

1963 Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter’s Dr. Geraldine P. Woods became Delta’s 13th National President. Under her administration, the first Delta Teen Lift was organized.

Los Angeles Chapter began its successfully operated volunteer tutorial reading project Delta Reading Improvement Classes “DRIC”.