Dallas just made history by hiring its first female police chief, Ulysha Renee Hall, and she just so happens to be a graduate of the historically Black, Grambling State University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The position of police chief position has been open since Chief David Brown retired just a couple months after the nationally covered shooting in downtown Dallas last summer that took the lives of five officers.
Hall has police work in her blood. She is the daughter of a cop and has served in Detroit for 19 years where she is currently the Detroit Deputy Police Chief. According to CNN, “she was just 6 months old when her father, Officer Ulysses Brown, was shot and killed in the line of duty in August 1971.” Her father was working in a specialized police force that was focused on stopping prostitution in the city when he was slain and according to WXYZ-TV in Detroit, the killer was never brought to justice, CNN states.
“My father not being there meant the same thing as every other child in Detroit or around the world growing up without a father,” Hall told WXYZ in a 2016 interview. “It has an impact.” Hall’s mother was left to raise the family in the emotional years that followed. The incoming Dallas police chief described her mother as “my rock, sword and shield.”
Hall attended Grambling State University between 1989 and 1994 where she received a B.S. in Criminal Justice and according to her LinkedIn profile, joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She holds a Masters in Intelligence Analysis and a Masters in Security Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy and with 19 years of experience on the force, she is prepared to be the first female police chief of Dallas.
According to CNN, “The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, or NAWLEE, says women make up about 13% of all sworn law enforcement officers working in the United States and that number drops at the senior levels of most law enforcement agencies.”
We at Watch The Yard are excited to see what she does with the city, the job will be tough but we are sure that a woman of Delta Sigma Theta has the FORTITUDE to take on this challenge.
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Former Ntl. President of Delta Sigma Theta, Congresswoman Fudge, Introduces Bill to Track Hazing on a National Level
Former Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and current U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, Marcia Fudge has introduced a bill that would require universities by federal law to include the hazing incidents in their yearly crime reports.
Fudge and her co-sponsor, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan, believe that tracking college hazing will allow authorities grasp the practice’s prevalence and figure out how to reduce it on a national level.
“The bill would require schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose hazing incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals in their yearly security reports and to implement a hazing education program for students,” Cleveland.com states.
“We cannot act only after an unfortunate incident occurs,” Fudge said in a statement. “We need a strategy that will address hazing at its core. Accurate college reporting will provide the data we need to develop legislative solutions for administrators and faculty and protect our nation’s college students.”
Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served from 1996 to 2000 and is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. She has also served as the co-chair of the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. Last year, after the leak of internal documents from the Democratic Party that forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down, Rep. Fudge served as the chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Rep. Fudge’s hazing bill has been endorsed by Pennsylvania State University, where Timothy Piazza, an engineering student, died earlier this year from of injuries sustained while pledging Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge leads Press Conference on Anti-Hazing w/ Rep Meehan at the US Capitol https://t.co/70zLbwifr0
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) July 13, 2017
The bill is currently being endorsed by organizations including the National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
“The likelihood is very good that we are going to get it passed. It is a bipartisan bill and I think we are going to be great. I think they are going to pass it because everybody knows it is a problem.” Marcia said when asked if she thought the bill was going to pass by Cleveland.com reporters.
— Delta Sigma Theta (@dstinc1913) August 7, 2017
Marcia Louise Fudge has served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008, a district that includes most of the black-majority areas between Cleveland and Akron. Fudge was initially elected to Congress in November 2008. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education. She is active in the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congressional Military Family Caucus, STEM Education Caucus, Children’s Caucus (Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity).
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Melanin Poppin’: Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae from Lincoln University Do Beautiful Bahamas Photoshoot
To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of their sorors, alumnae of Lincoln University, PA who were initiated through the Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta went to the Bahamas for a sisterhood trip.
While on the trip, the ladies hit the beach on Rose Island for a photo shoot that will make you want to buy a ticket to the Bahamas ASAP. We reached out to the women in the photos and they told us that this was more than just a group vacation.
“This was more than just a girls trip, it was a celebration of life, education, reaching career goals and love. We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down.”
“We are educators, counselors, attorneys, registered nurse, directors, managers, and entrepreneurs,” @bpain1, one of the ladies in the photos told Watch The Yard.
Currently, we have been seeing a rise in Black sorority sisterhood trips and we love it. There is nothing like relaxing and enjoying the special bond that is sisterhood in the sun next to crystal clear water!
Check out their STUNNING photos below!
“We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down,” one of the ladies told Watch The Yard.
Photo Credit: @i.candice
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This Is What Happens When the Deltas and Ques From Clark Atlanta University Team up for a Coleman Love Yard Show
You already know it is going down when the Ques and Deltas at Clark Atlanta University team up!
The Beta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. teamed up for a joint yard show and it is one for the books.
Watch below as they stroll, recite information, and celebrate everything that is Coleman Love!
Shot by @Cauontheyardcau and emmanuel11246
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