THE DELTA’S CONTINUE JABBERWOCK LEGACY
The first Jabberwock was held in 1966 at Woodlawn Jr. High School on May 14, 1966. Under the leadership of chapter president, Dr. Mattie L. Rhodes, and Jabberwock Co-Chairs Mrs. Trina Burruss and Mrs. JoAnna Johnson, the tradition continues this year on Saturday, April 28 at the Adams Mark Hotel. Dr. Rhodes explains, “Deltas will present ten dynamic young ladies in a tradition that began over 50 years ago in Western New York as a local effort of a nation-wide Delta program that started in 1923.” Mrs. Burruss continued, “The Cotillion-style presentation is the culmination of eight months of leadership development and skills building, with a review of the participant experiences as well as a showcase of talent in an evening of dining and dancing. We could not achieve this level of program excellence without each of our very hardworking sorority members and our generous sponsors and site partners, who include Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, CAO, Northwest Bank and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.”ow in their 75th year of service to the Buffalo-Niagara Community, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Buffalo Alumnae Chapter continues a legacy of leadership in youth development with their Jabberwock Extravaganza.
In October, the Jabberwock participants engaged in self-reflection and in getting to know one another at an opening retreat where they embarked on visioning, a Zumba class, a professional development workshop and a dialogue on activism and voting rights. Through the following months, the young ladies continued with cultural and educational enhancement covering topics including academic success factors, healthy lifestyles, dealing with bullying and financial literacy. There was plenty of fun along the way, attending the Black Panther movie, a lecture by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison and other social outings. Importantly, the young ladies learned that “service is the rent we pay in life,” through projects at Friends of the Night People and the Food Bank. The service project was directed by Dr. Ramona Reynolds, who stated, “In this, the 50th year of the Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. it was fitting that their service projects took place on the King holiday in January.”
This Delta program also brings out the competitive nature of the Jabberwock participants, as they implemented many creative fundraising ideas to build a pool of funds for scholarships. There were raffles, purse sales, an art show, bowling parties, skating parties and more!
Jabberwock 2018 class is comprised of 10 high energy, fully engaged lovely young ladies; representing high schools across WNY. They are:
Janiya Croxie, a Sophomore at Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, daughter of Joel and Sonya Croxie. Robin Flowers-Quinniey, a Junior at Amherst Central High School, daughter of Nyeema Quienniey and granddaughter of Kenneth and Verlaine Quinniey. Macayla Glenn, a Freshman at Sacred Heart Academy and daughter of Heather Blue. Diamond Howard, a Junior at Amherst Central High School, daughter of Tiffany White and David Howard. Taylor Hunter, a Senior from Tapestry Charter High School, daughter of Robert and Dawn Hunter. Trinity Jackson, a Junior from Niagara Falls High School, daughter of FeKela Cox. Dominique Moore, a Junior from Hutch Tech High School and daughter of Tyrone and Tasha Moore. Camille Pope, Senior from Health Sciences Charter School, and daughter of Alfred and Shirley Pope. Amaya Walker, Sophomore from Cleveland Hill High School, daughter of Nicole Walker, Marry Tess Wright, Junior from City at City Honors School, daughter of Tracy Thorton.
Event Co-Chair, Mrs. JoAnna Johnson notes, “This year’s theme of ‘In The Garden, Stepping Into Womanhood’ has been a joy to carry out through a wide variety of activities and opportunities that are like different beautiful flowers in a garden. We also celebrate the unique beauty of each young lady with whom we build special, nurturing relationships.
We invite the public to attend this very special occasion!”
Tickets are available through April 19 for $45 per person at JabberwockBAC@gmail.com