Delta Day at City Hall

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 @ 8:34AM

On Wednesday, April 16 the men of Epsilon Iota Iota Chapter and its Que Academy students participated in Delta Day at City Hall in New Haven. The event, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc New Haven Alumnae Chapter, included a meeting and discussion with Toni Harp, the mayor of New Haven. The theme of the conference was “Dispelling the Myths” of disparaging commentary that degrades the image of the African American community and men. All of the speakers mentioned a number of stereotypes associated with African Americans that should be debunked and rejected. For example, there are more young black men in jail than in college – that comment/myth when said is often in negative tone towards African Americans. This was dispelled through information presented by the Delta’s of New Haven Alumnae showing national incarceration and college enrollment statistics. The statistics clearly showed there are more young black men in college than there are in prison. The highlight of the evening was a panel discussion on stereotypes and the black community that was moderated by Darren Haynes, ESPN anchor and member of Epsilon Iota Iota Chapter. Participants at the event encouraged organizations and individuals to get involved with challenging racist stereotypes.

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