The Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated will present a Civics 101 seminar and panel discussion Saturday, April 14, from 4-6 p.m. at the Kiwanis Recreation Center.
“This is a nonpartisan program that we started thinking about earlier last year. We actually held our first forum in October of last year,” said Amanda Williams, co-chair of the Social Action Committee for The Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “Our goal is to fill the gap for educating the community on how the government and different branches work by explaining it in very simple terms.”
Williams added this is an ongoing project that they hope to extend until the 2020 presidential election.
“Our social action chair, Meta Coaxum, was wondering about civics and whether or not it was still being taught in the public school system,” said Sylvia McPherson, chapter president for Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “She suggested that we do something around civics so that not only the children know how the government works, but to make sure their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts understand, so they have an input and a voice in how our government works.”
The topic of discussion for the event will be the judicial system. “We have seen the different changes that our political leaders are trying to make as far as the judicial system, and that is a concern for us,” said Williams. “We believe that the judicial system should be blind, so we want our young people to understand how the judicial system works.”
Several individuals will participate in the panel discussion; they are Superior Court Judge Gail Adams, Judge Tiffany Whitfield and Magistrate Frances Jackson.
“We want our panelists to speak in layman’s terms about the judicial system,” said Williams. “These young people are being galvanized by the whole issue of gun control, so we want to make sure we do our part in educating young people about the government and how it works.”
Val Applewhite, from Democracy North Carolina, will give an update on what’s going on in the state in reference to voting because of district lines being (re)drawn. She will discuss present court cases regarding voting and how elected officials want to change the way districts vote.
The Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter is also collaborating with other organizations to educate the community. These organizations are Advance Carolina, Advocacy Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Youth Council, Fort Bragg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Theta Sorority, Inc. and Beta Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
“We also want to make sure young people in our community as a whole understand the importance of going to the polls to vote at every election,” said Williams. “They need to know it is important for them to participate in the process, and they need to know who they are putting in office.”
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.