In 1989, Glen Burnie, Maryland resident, Christine Davenport sought out members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., who were North County residents. Recognizing an increase in the minority population, Christine was determined to explore the possibility of chartering a chapter in northern Anne Arundel County. As local Deltas learned about others who lived in and around Glen Burnie, Soror Davenport's efforts resulted in the final move toward establishing a local sisterhood.
And so, in April, 1989, the North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter (NACAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered by twenty-seven dynamic women, determined to make a difference in the community. Madeline Lawson, then Eastern Regional Director, officiated at the chartering ceremony. Deltas from many Maryland chapters came to participate, exuding the warmth of sisterhood that is so characteristic of the organization. The charter members were especially honored to have the 16th National President, Dr. Thelma T. Daley, in attendance at this momentous event.
In the almost 25 years since NACAC was chartered, chapter members have served under the capable leadership of Sorors Christine Davenport, E. Juliette Wilson, Dr. Sheila Thompson, Rita Hines Brooks, Alta H. Shaw, Dawna Alexander Powell, Monique Edwards Gallaway, Rhonda Lynn Johnson, and Alfa B. Stevens. Chapter members have been actively involved in efforts to enrich, impact, and serve the communities of West and North County. In keeping with Delta’s Five Point Thrust, the following is a partial list of programs and services provided:
Scholarship Award Program - awarded to graduating seniors/college freshman who have demonstrated scholastic excellence, outstanding civic and church-involvement. “Second Chance“ scholarship awards go to adult women heads-of-household seeking to overcome life’s challenges and further their education.
Dr. Thelma T. Daley Pearl Award - recognizes an outstanding community leader who exemplifies academic achievement and who has impacted the quality of life for African-Americans throughout Anne Arundel County.
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Leadership Academy – established for girls, ages 11-14, with special emphasis on developing and improving leadership, math, and science skills.
Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) – established as an expansion of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program, to mentor high school girls, ages 14-18, providing them with tools and skills to attain a higher quality of life.
Summit VI Spring “Lock-In“ – designed to empower girls, ages 14-18, with strategies for choosing a healthy lifestyle, providing opportunities for education and discussion on physical and mental health issues (e.g., self-esteem, domestic violence, sexual health, dangers of drugs, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, obesity, depression, stress, etc.)
Mother and Son Luncheon – recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievements in school, church, or community of young African-American men in the county, ages 13-18.
Social Action Agenda – promoting social activism, advocacy and education locally, nationally, and internationally.
Homeownership and Retention Initiative – providing information to perspective homebuyers and educating the community about how to achieve the ‘American Dream’ of homeownership, maintenance and retention.
Physical and Mental Health – conducting health-related fairs, workshops, and forums to include HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart health, mental health, and other health issues that impact people of African descent.
Economic Development/Financial Fortitude – focusing on economic and financial well-being with emphasis on personal financial planning and management of assets.
International Awareness and Development – increasing community awareness about global concerns affecting people throughout the world, including lack of clean drinking water and through program, such as our Haitian Relief Project.