I was once again back in DC. Last time with women, the mothers of Americans for Homeopathy Choice. We were lobbying to prevent changes that may jeopardize the access to an inherently safe paradigm of medicine. This weekend, I traveled with my daughter and Trusted Assistant, as she joined the women of Delta Sigma Theta. For twenty-nine years, this sorority has gathered for Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital to promote their social action platform. Through meetings with legislators and workshops, they become more civic-minded, more engaged on policy issues, education, voter’s rights, and other problems that affect their communities. Having been asked so many times who are the women in red, I have my response ready. The women in the sea of red are the women of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Red is a significant color for believers, representing the blood shed by the Savior for our freedom.
The book of Exodus chronicles the journey of the children of Israel’s plan of freedom from the oppression of the Egyptians. In Genesis, the patriot Jacob and his family greatly multiplied and enjoyed the wealth and prosperity of Egypt when his son, Joseph, was second in command. After the death of Joseph, another Pharaoh, who did not know him came into power. Feeling threatened that the Israelites were more and mightier than the Egyptians, this ruler set out to systematically afflict and enslave them.
God raised up Moses to lead His people to liberty, although sometimes kicking and screaming. When asked, who sent him, his response was, I AM, sent me. Through ten plagues, God warned Pharaoh to let His people go. Finally released, Pharaoh changed his mind and pursued them. It appeared they were trapped, bound by Pharaoh’s army, the mountains, and the Red Sea. Moses instructed them to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God told Moses to use what he had, lift the rod and stretch out his hand. When it looked like that they were out for the count, a strong wind made the sea open and the waters were walls to them as they crossed on dry ground. What was a fearful obstacle, now was protection. The same sea that opened for them, closed on the enemy, the Egyptians.
My connection to these two groups has been a blessing. I have been enlightened, educated, and impressed with their zeal.
Americans for Homeopathy Choice is a recently started grassroots group but has, through the power of voices, made waves in the legislative sea and gotten attention. Visit HomeopathyChoice.org for follow up letters to send to members of Congress and meet the March 20th deadline.
Delta Sigma Theta was founded January 1913, by only twenty-two women with voices shouting change. Their first public act was March 1913 marching in the Women’s Suffrage Parade. It was a phenomenal feat amid the hostile social climate. And being themselves considered subservient to those marching, they marched at the back of the parade. Now, more than one hundred years later they continue holding up the mantle against injustices, inequities, and inequalities.
There is another group I am connected to. Who are they? A great multitude, innumerable, from all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, clothed in white robes. These are the ones who washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb. They serve God day and night, before the throne, in His temple. God lives among them and they will never be hungry or thirsty again. The sun or heat will not smite them. The Lamb will be their Shepherd and lead them to living waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Harriet Noel Jones