Mattie B. Parson
(1986 - 1988)
During my tenure in office, reclamation was very important for the continuous building of membership.
The chapter concentrated on encouraging recent collegiate graduates to continue their membership in NMAC.
In 1988, our chapter was instrumental in the reestablishment of Rho Chapter at Barnard College/Columbia University with twelve undergraduate advisors for Rho Chapter.
Soror Mary D. Redd was named as the first New York State Coordinator.
Lydia M. Pitts, Esq.
During my two terms as president, and with the help of a dedicated executive committee, I was able to build on the accomplishments of those leaders who came before me – Mary D. Redd and Mattie Parson. By 1988, the chapter had grown to over 100 members, and it was time for us to step out into new territory. It was also time for us to strengthen ourselves internally. Accordingly, my administration focused on, fundraising. which increased significantly by taking greater risks
Carolyn G. McBain, CSQ, ACSW
My administration endorsed the national projects of the Alumnae Collegiate Exchange (ACE). As a result, the chapter’s membership increased. There was a concerted effort to reach out to alumnae, collegiate and inactive Deltas. The response was rewarding. Again, this allowed for the continued programmatic thrust of Delta along with the Rho Chapter at Columbia University. NMAC and Rho Chapters increased their bond and sponsored jointly Black History Month programs, School America and local projects for three years.
Kim M. Williamson
Sixteen years after the groundbreaking leadership of four chapter presidents, North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter fused its community service efforts under the trademark Innovative Programming With a Far-Reaching Impact. This first-ever theme when I was NMAC’s fifth president, set the stage for new programs conceived with our culturally diverse community at the forefront. We also committed to internal chapter development and got “Back to Basics” to maintain our close sisterly bond, in the midst of the chapter’s rapid growth. NMAC was maturing as a chapter. We desired to create programs offering immediate and long-term impactful changes to benefit the residents of the Northern Manhattan community.
The Northern Manhattan community was ripe for NMAC’s socially conscious programming. When police brutality issues reared its head, NMAC responded with a Police Brutality Forum and pocket guide to address exactly "what to do” if stopped by the police. The need for “quality public education” in Washington Heights prompted NMAC to launch a series of Public School Education Seminars focused on: parental rights, admittance strategies, curriculum development, testing and SAT preparation. The taboo subject of clinical depression was a national health and wellness initiative and NMAC confronted the topic head-on. Our year-long Clinical Depression Screening Program garnered an award at the 44th National Convention in New Orleans (1998). The Big Easy had even more surprises for NMAC. We received Special Recognition in Social Action for programs on media literacy, letter writing campaigns targeting Senate confirmation hearings, voter registration and education initiatives. No chapter had ever received national praise for social action programming, and NMAC’s work was publicly acknowledged for inspiring the establishment of the National Social Action Award, first given at the 45th National Convention.
Our impactful chapter initiatives included investment workshops and various health maintenance initiatives targeting the Black and Latino communities. Successful fundraising efforts enabled the chapter to increase academic scholarship awards for its five recipients, and the commitment to inspire future leaders, activists and artists never ceased:
City Youth @ City Hall
May Week - showcase for youth with artistic talent
Art Contests - Power of the Pen: Spotlight on Play Writing & Power of the Paint Brush
Black History Month Program - The African Diaspora & The Evolution of Gospel
School America - Reading/Storytelling Hour
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Leadership Academy for young women
With help from the dedicated women of NMAC the chapter simultaneously took care of the community at-large and nurtured itself from within. Along the way, change also brought profound loss with the passing of beloved Soror and Charter Member, Dr. Betty Shabazz.
A new vision meant taking risks. Perseverance turned risks into possibilities. Commitment and Sisterhood turn uncertainty into reality. We continue ever motivated with the charge “Innovative Programming With A Far-Reaching Impact."
Charisse Marie Penalver, Esq.
National Programmatic Thrust: Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, National Public Day of Service, Voter Education and Registration, Social Action: It's Personal, It's Local, It's Global.
Accomplishments: North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter experienced unprecedented membership growth during my tenure. I believe that NMAC benefited immeasurably from our embrace of the Project ACE initiative, as noted by our winning an award two years in a row for our programming. While it was necessary for the membership to "buy into" this program, I provided the direction as I encouraged newer members of the chapter to assume leadership roles. I must say, however, that I had great role models in my predecessors, most notably Sorors Redd and Parsons, who envisioned NMAC as the place for recent graduates and sorors rejoining the fold to learn the true meaning of sisterhood, scholarship and service.
Over the past biennium, North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter (NMAC) affectionately dubbed the “Innovative Initiators”, has shown up and showed out in ways that have made a difference, nationally, regionally and locally. Nationally, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status by the United Nations, one of a very select few African American women’s organizations. In March 2003, our National President Gwendolyn Boyd and eastern Regional Director, Cheryl Hickman convened at the United Nations for Delta Day at the UN.
Rosia Blackwell Lawrence
When I ran for President, I did so with a mandate to achieve the following benchmarks that were quantifiable and measurable. They included: Raising the profile of our Chapter on a local, regional and national basis by demonstrated innovative programming, hard work and results; Reviving Chapter membership through intake, reclamation and rededication of our Sisters in Delta from all walks of life; Realigning our Chapter activities, respecting our Ritual and Ceremonies, and becoming more aligned with policies and procedures and rules that govern all of our Chapters, and To advance the social action, sisterhood bonds, scholarship and charity of our Chapter--all ideals that motivated me to become a Delta so many years ago.
Over the last four years, the Chapter took on new initiatives and new Initiates, ECLECTIC 34!!! We’ve received many accolades and honors including “1st in Compliance” and “NY Metro Chapter of the Year” and even celebrated NMAC’s 25th anniversary.
During my two terms as president, we learned that as Delta Women, we are "Movements, Not Monuments" and there should be "Excellence" in all we do. Delta Sigma Theta, as an organization, propels one to go further, and as the 9th sitting president of North Manhattan Alumnae, that was my charge. I had wholesome examples in which to follow and consult, so it was not a difficult task. I reinstituted the Scholarship Dinner Dance, which highlighted and introduced our scholarship recipients to our guests and the community, while raising funds and entertaining those in attendance. During the last two years of my tenure, I served as the Chair of the New York Metropolitan Coordinating Council, which allowed me to work cohesively with my fellow chapter presidents in the 22 New York chapters.
Our programs and chapter continued to grow and our legacy of "Innovative Programming with a Far Reaching Impact," continued to flourish in the community. It was with pride and joy that I passed the torch to Soror Gray who would take us into our Centennial Celebration!
Mary D. Redd
On December 13, 1980, the chapter was blessed that Soror Founder Osceola McCarthy Adams was present and a participant in the chartering ceremony. She spoke with eloquence in charging NMAC to keep the vision alive of the founders through commitment, dedication and service to humanity.
During my tenure the chapter was very responsive to Delta’s Five Point Program and as such our activity included but was not limited to: Grants to community based organizations in Northern Manhattan with a youth focus such as M.L. Wilson Boys and Girls Club.