Talladega County Alumnae Chapter creates and host activities based on the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. Under the area of Educational Development is one of our elite activities. The primary fundraising event for the Talladega County Alumnae Chapter is the Jabberwock Pageant. The idea of a “Jabberwock” pageant was born from the “Alice in Wonderland” story. In an interpretation of “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. 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 was copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has evolved in its symbolism over many 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.
Our program is structured to include the following age brackets: Miss Jabberwock includes girls from 9th – 12th grades; Miss Crimson & Crème includes girls from 6th – 8th grades; Little Miss Crimson & Crème includes girls from 1st – 5th grades; and Tiny Miss Crimson & Crème includes girls from ages 3 – 5.
The Jabberwock pageant is our most successful fundraiser. In 2008, we significantly increased our scholarship awards. Since then, we have awarded over $30,000 in scholarships and book stipends to students in the Talladega and Coosa County areas. This is an awesome accomplishment for our community! In addition to the educational awards, we have also been able to support local organizations such as Relay for Life and Backpack for America. In the area of Physical and Mental Health, we were able to organize and sponsor a Fun Day in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s physical fitness initiative, ‘Let’s Move!”