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Sorority members collaborate with community groups to create mural promoting peace

Posted July 2, 2020

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Volunteers paint the 'Create Peace' mural at an eastside coffee shop.

When Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s regional conference in May was canceled due to COVID-19, its members vowed to continue their commitment to serve the community.

The women of Delta Sigma Theta partnered with Fort Worth’s graffiti abatement program, Black Coffee Shop and Community Frontline to paint a mural at Black Coffee Shop, 1417 Vaughn Blvd.

Artist Ruben Orozco created the design, titled Create Peace. The partnership is a collective call to action for stakeholders to create change in their communities.

Delta Sigma Theta is a Greek-letter sorority of college-educated women dedicated to public service with an emphasis on programs that target the African American community. The sorority is committed to raising its collective voice by partnering with community-based organizations to be proactive in the community to create change through prevention, advocacy and education.

“We have all come together to make the effort, through prevention and awareness, to alleviate violence in our city,” said Michelle Brown, southwest regional director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “We want to be proactive and not reactive when it comes to violence of all kinds, whether gun, domestic or racial violence. We just want to make a difference so the city knows we are ready to create change in our city.”

Fort Worth’s graffiti abatement program works with volunteer groups to complete projects throughout the year. Murals help beautify the city and are proven to prevent graffiti and other property damage. All of the murals are designed and painted by local volunteers.

To learn more about the program, contact Elizabeth O’Neill at 817-392-2700.

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