Unsung Heroes in healthcare were recommended by Xavier Richardson of Mary Washington Healthcare and include James Wood, one of only a few Black male volunteers at Stafford Hospital; Frances Whitney, an environmental health specialist for the Rappahannock Area Health District; Geraldine Ford, a nurse of 37 years at Mary Washington Hospital; Tamara Robinson, who has organized COVID-19 vaccine clinics at MWH; and Nadine Lucas, a volunteer in King George.

Delta Sigma Theta is the second-oldest Black sorority in the country, founded in 1931 at Howard University. Prominent alumnae have included civil rights leader Dorothy Height; Gwendolyn Brooks, a poet of the Harlem Renaissance; former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and Alexa Canady, who in 1981 became the first Black female neurosurgeon.

The sorority encourages members to be active in the fields of educational development, economic development, physical and mental health, international awareness and political awareness, Diggs said.

The theme of political awareness inspired chapter member Marci Catlett, Fredericksburg schools superintendent, to invite Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath to be the keynote speaker at this year’s May Week event.

McBath’s son, Jordan Davis, a Black male, was murdered by a white man following an argument over loud music played by Davis and his friends, all high school students, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2012.