51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e JOURNAL Spring 2014 s37 Angela Baset “Basking in the Love” by Alicia Nails Angela Bas-set t has s t r u t t e d the red carpet at the star-studded Academy Awards as Best Actress nominee, for vir-tually duplicating megastar Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” the role that won her the 1994 Golden Globe. She is the actor who has been selected to bring to life, on the screen, some of the most regal and righteous African- American women of all time, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks, and has starred in some of this era’s most iconic television and mo-tion picture productions. But, when she was initiated as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc., Bassett tweeted to the world that it was one of the most wonderful days of her life. Upon joining the sisterhood, Bas-sett told the gathered sorors that while many imagined that ignorance was bliss, she begged to differ. She said, upon entering the closed gath-ering of the Opening Ceremony and feeling the excitement of her soon to be sorors in that ceremonial setting, she’d then understood that being on the inside and “knowing” was in fact bliss. Bassett grew up in St. Peters-burg, Fla. where a teacher encour-aged her to enroll in Yale University. She earned her bachelor’s in African- American studies before earning a Master of Fine Arts from the presti-gious Yale School of Drama—and the rest is history. She began acting on the New York stage before moving to Los Angeles and winning TV and film roles, including “Boyz in the Hood” and “Malcolm X.” Other roles include “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” And upon joining Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the actor – who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – shouted out her joy via Twit-ter, writing that it “gives me a sense of camaraderie I never could have imagined. I spent my entire visit just basking in all the LOVE!!” Dr. Suzan Johnson Cok “To God be the Glory” By Casandra Spratling The roster of spirit-filled clergy women who are members of Del-ta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., got a powerful addi-tion when Suzan Johnson Cook was made an honor-ary member of the sisterhood. Her mission work extends to five conti-nents, and the author of 10 books is a recognized world leader in religious, academic and civic affairs. The New York Times has called her “Billy Gra-ham and Oprah rolled into one.” Johnson Cook is America’s am-bassador- at-large for International Religious Freedom, the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post. She advises both the president and the secretary of state on matters of religious freedom. President Barack Obama appoint-ed Cook to the ambassadorship in 2011. Previously she had served on former President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council. She has a bachelor’s degree in speech from Emerson College in Boston, a master’s from Columbia Teachers College, a master’s of di-vinity degree from Union Theologi-cal Seminary in New York City and a doctorate degree from United Theo-logical Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She served as a professor at the New York Theological Seminary from 1988 to1996 and was an associate dean and professor at the Harvard Divinity School from 1990 until 1992. Among her numerous other ac-complishments are: being the first female chaplain to the New York City Police Department, a position she held for 21 years; senior pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in New York City from 1996 to 2010; and founder and president of Wisdom Women Worldwide Center, a global center for female faith leaders. As members of Delta Sigma The-ta Sorority, Inc. quickly learned after hearing her remarks, Johnson Cook is a powerful preacher woman. “To God be the glory for the great things He has done,” Johnson Cook said enthusiastically after being initi-ated into the Sorority. “I got a step in my spirit and a revival in my soul.” Lisa Perez Jackson “A Dream Come True” by Chastity Prat Dawsey The woman who was the first Af-rican- American administrator for the U.S. Environ-mental Protec-tion Agency, Lisa Perez Jackson, was inducted as an Honorary Mem-ber of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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