We Must Have Faith Over Fear
As the International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 96-year old service organization, I am committed to leaving this world better than the one I inherited. However, the level of violence that has erupted across our country in the last thirty days – from the mass shooting in Orlando, the deadly police shootings of Mr. Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. and Mr. Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn. to the ambush of the five law enforcement officers shot dead in Dallas – has shaken me to my core. We live in a country where there are far too many guns, too much violence and too much fear – with no simple answers to address the deeply seeded prejudices that result in too many senseless deaths. Instead of being hopeful about tomorrow, we find ourselves filled with fear, anger and even rage about surviving day-to-day.
There is absolutely nothing that can be said to erase the pain that is being felt across the nation. On behalf of the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, I offer my condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and the survivors who are left to cope with their untimely deaths. Even in this time of great despair, we stand strong in our convictions that love will conquer hate, and that faith will triumph over fear.
Please continue to be a catalyst for change in our communities through our Z-HOPE and GET ENGAGED™ initiatives. As we approach the upcoming sorority year, I ask that each of our chapters – undergraduate and graduate along with our Amicae and youth auxiliaries, sponsor a Know Your Rights community workshop and a voter registration drive with your local NAACP chapter. Detailed instruction will be sent in next week’s Dove Notes.
Additionally, I ask that you join the social media campaign #TheirLivesMatter created by our Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated by posting pictures of your children, other significant persons in your lives, including law enforcement officers, using the hashtag #TheirLivesMatter.
Sorors, we will not sit idly by as gun violence destroys our families, communities, and our country. Keep the faith and push forward as there is much work to be done.
Dr. Mary Breaux Wright
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated