51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e Celebrating 40 Years of the Arts Signature Gala/Delta Centennial Honors Concert By Joi-Marie Murphy McKenzie The 40th Signature Gala, held in-side Angeles in 1965. Heard said Woods impact award went to filmmaker Ty-ler Washington, D.C.’s Verizon called him “Mr. Delta” that’s why he Perry; Soror Amber Raspberry ac-cepted Center during Delta Sigma The-ta’s “always had colors to represent.” on his behalf. 51st National Convention, high-lighted Heard then donated his two-piece Sixteen-year-old violinist Ade the Sorority’s dedication to red suit, which he was known for, to Williams and Howard University’s the arts. Led by the Commission on the National Heritage and Archives soulful music group Traces of Blue Arts & Letters co-chairs, Sorors Mar-cia Committee. both earned The Emerging Artist Butler Holt and Yolan-da Award for achieving excel-lence Rodgers-Howsie, along in the early stages with honorary co-chairs of their careers. Members Sorors Suzzanne Douglas of the cast of the Univer-sal Cobb and Sheryl Lee Ralph, Pictures’ movie “The the sold-out event featured Best Man Holiday,” Mor-ris an exciting line-up of mem-orable Chestnut and Monica performances that Calhoun, presented the entertained and uplifted awards and were wel-comed the spirit. by screams from The evening’s awards adoring fans. ceremony was kicked off Visual artist Carrie by National Information Mae Weems and Grammy and Communications co-chairs award-winning a cappella Sorors Erica Don-erson ensemble Sweet Honey and Ashley Allison, in the Rock received who presented the Lillian the Keeper of the Flame Award to NPR’s Michele Award in recognition of Norris and longtime Delta creative use of photogra-phy Sigma Theta photographer Veteran performer and R & B diva Patti Labelle performs during the to maintain the tradi-tions William “Bill” Heard. Norris 40th Signature Gala. PHOTO BY NYEMA VERNON and contributions of couldn’t be there to accept African-Americans. the award due to a family commit-ment; The audience of thousands then Following the awards portion however, Heard took the stage received a pleasant surprise when of the program, R&B songtress An-gie and received his honor. Heard shared the cast of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Stone took the stage. Before she that 13th National President Geral-dine “Baggage Claim,” Paula Patton and could begin to sing, Stone announced P. Woods appointed him the So-rority’s Terrence J, came on stage to present to the audience the news of the ver-dict official photographer for the the Impact Award to Fox Searchlight in the George Zimmerman trial 28th National Convention held in Los Pictures’ Zola Mashariki. The other had been handed over by the jury s40 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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