EST. 1996 | Excellence in Northeast Wake County
Donice M. Harbor Public Service Leadership Academy
Fierceness of the black woman’s political power was exemplified in Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor black woman with a sixth-grade education who spent much of her life working in the cotton fields. Her legacy demonstrates that each of us has an important voice and role to play in our democracy, and as we launch our inaugural initiative, The Donice M Harbor Public Service Leadership Academy (DHLA), named after our beautiful and passionate chapter Soror, Donice M. Harbor who fought valiantly for political inclusion, let us remember the real power black women have in blazing the path toward true political equity and leadership.
The DHLA’s goal is to harness our turnout power into seats at the table. Soror and Activist Hamer showed up at the 1964 Democratic National Convention as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, intent on securing voting rights for black people. Her formidable presence and insistence that she, too, deserved a seat at the decision-makers’ table rattled the likes of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Hubert Humphrey and threatened their bid to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidential ticket.
Black women continue to experience significant inequities in public education, health outcomes and economic opportunities that hurt not only them, but also their families and communities. Research shows that employers paid black women just 64 cents for every dollar they paid white men. Black women lost more jobs than their male counterparts during the recent recession, and they are significantly more likely than white women to go without health insurance. Lack of health insurance is a primary barrier to receiving lifesaving health care. These facts alone demonstrate the ongoing need of DHLA. Even if you are not interested in running for public office, we encourage you to apply!
East Wake Community Day
East Wake Community Day is an annual back to school celebration. During this free event, food is provided along with bookbags and lots of school supplies are given away. Bullying is among the many informational topics discussed. In 2017 KWF gave away over 150 bookbags with supplies.
Orignally, the “Jabberwock” was a delightful character from the book “Alice In Wonderland” that summoned all of the creatures in the kingdom to perform a gala event. Over the last eighty-five years, the word Jabberwock has evolved in its symbolism and now represents an evening of elegane and entertainment. The Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter’s Jabberwock Pageant consists of two components. Miss Jabberwock, which is geared toward high school juniors and seniros and Little Miss Jabeerwock, which focuses on yunger girls that are in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Both components provide the members of Delta Sigma Theta an opportunity to nurture our youth and prepare them to become successful leaders of tomorrow.