A soror of Delta Sigma Theta from Mobile, Alabama stunned audiences this year with her custom train dedicated to her sorority and her alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Shalela Victoria Dowdy, a Captain in the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserves, represented the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA) as a Lady in Waiting on the 2020 Royal Court this 2020 Carnival Season as the association celebrated its 82 year of existence.
To pay homage to her sorority Delta Sigma Theta and the institution where she earned her undergrad degree, West Point – The U.S. Military Academy, Dowdy wore a customized dress and train that was designed and created by Patricia Anns.
Dowdy graduated from West Point in 2012 and was initiated into the Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in 2018.
“To me the Train represents my love and passion for my illustrious Sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Being a member of such a prestigious organization pushes me in all endeavors of my life to be the best Woman, leader, and social activist I can be,” she told Watch The Yard.
“With that being said I wanted to represent that on my Mardi Gras Royal Court Train because the organization is an important part of my life.”
“Also the bottom portion of the train contains the crest of my undergrad Alma Mater The United States Military Academy at West Point. As a graduate of one of the premiere leadership institutions in the world I always try to apply the leadership skills learned there to all areas of my life and wanted that displayed as a representation of me on the train as well.” she stated.
An active member of her community, Dowdy is a lifetime member of the NAACP as well as a member of the National Council of Negro Women and the National Urban League Young Professionals.
We at Watch The Yard absolutely love the dress and what it represents.