The History of Jabberwock
In an interpretation of the immortal classic "Alice in Wonderland," Lewis Carroll created the delightful character known as "Jabberwock" who summoned all of the creatures in the kingdom to perform a gala event. Being mindful of this concept, Delta member Marian G. Conover Hope of Iota Chapter (Boston, Massachusetts) creatively recalled this mystical character, but in a dramatically different manner, when faced with the challenge of devising plans for a fundraising project. Conceptualized in 1925 as a musical variety show that consisted of skits and dances, the Jabberwock has since evolved into a more diverse program that continues to raise funds for scholarships and other Delta sponsored public service projects.
The word Jabberwock, adopted and copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has evolved in its symbolism over the past eighty years. It now represents an evening of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of the young women participating in the program while advancing the goals and objectives of Delta's scholarship program.
The Delta Jabberwock spans over several months featuring a plethora of cultural, educational, and social opportunities for the comparable to a rites of passage experience, culminating in an evening of absolute sophisticated elegance. These activities are designed to minimize the challenges encountered with the transition from high school to young adulthood, while promoting harmonious relationships among the participants and their families, friends and the community-at-large. The ultimate goal rests with assisting young women of color in becoming productive contributing future leaders in their communities and beyond.
The program is a two-tiered one that includes the younger girls ages 5 to 13 in the Little Miss Jabberwock component, providing them with similar opportunities for cultural, educational and social nurturing and growth. Collectively, the Jabberwock Program represents a comprehensive approach designed to instill inspiration and aspiration with no goals being beyond reach when consistently passionate dedication and persistence remain in the forefront.
The Albany (GA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will present Jabberwock 2014, April 12, 2014 at the Albany James H. Gray Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. This magical evening will represent months of working together with an enthusiastic group of young ladies and their parents and families. Endless possibilities represent the futures of these very promising youth; they are the leaders of tomorrow and much more. Because of supporters from the community, Jabberwock continues to encourage and assist in the development of young individual’s talents and ideals.