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51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e Gospel Explosion An Evening of Praise and Tributes JOURNAL Spring 2014 s43 Praise dancers in flowing red outfits and uplifting music kicked off, “Gospel Explosion: An Evening of Praise,” during the 51st National Convention. The event featured stirring performances by renowned gospel artists Byron Cage, Yolanda Adams and Fred Hammond, as well as a special tribute to our past national presidents and the National President, Cynthia M. A. Butler-Mc- Intyre. There were celebrity sightings throughout the event. Many were es-pecially excited to see Delta’s newly initiated honorary members from the “Centennial Line.” Soror Angela Bas-sett one of six honorary members initiated during the Opening Plenary, thanked all the sorors in the audi-ence for the amount of love received over just a few days since becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta. “Thank you for your kindness, love, embraces, and welcoming. I feel so loved. Thank you so much,” said Bassett. During the special tribute, sorors and guests were treated to a slide-show presentation honoring past na-tional presidents who are now in the Omega Omega Chapter. The presen-tation featured rarely seen footage of a compilation of photos, videos and speech excerpts. Each of the seven living past na-tional presidents—escorted by sever-al special celebrity guests who were either sons, brothers or husbands of Deltas—were honored with special recognitions presented to them by the regional directors and members of the national executive board. Such personalities included filmmaker Keith Beauchamp; journalist Roland Martin; Randal Pinkett, winner of “The Apprentice;” and actor-director Tim Reid. “I am so glad God has been so good to Delta,” said National Presi-dent Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre about the special tribute to the past national presidents. “We give God all praise and glory. We did the tribute at the Gospel Concert because we know that this sisterhood was founded on Christian principles. If it is true your service is the rent you pay here, you past national presidents are paid in full.” Roman Harper of the New Or-leans Saints and the son and brother of Deltas, escorted the Soror But-ler- McIntyre onto the stage for her tribute. Members of the Executive Committee spoke in honor of Soror McIntyre’s leadership and accom-plishments. During the evening, playwright and filmmaker David Talbert, played the trailer of the movie “Baggage Claim” that would later debut during a special advance screening during convention week. Following the tributes, the event transformed into a soul-stirring con-cert with performances by Byron Cage, Yolanda Adams and Fred Ham-mond. Each performance brought the crowd to its feet as sorors and guests sang along with the melodies while praising and worshipping through-out the evening. “I am so honored. One hundred years of perseverance, 100 years of determination, encouragement, com-munity service and helping those who couldn’t help themselves. You are to be commended. God bless you,” said Yolanda Adams. s By Libra White Gospel music icons Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams and Byron Cage graced the stage during the Gospel Fest held dur-ing the National Convention. PHOTOS BY MARK GAIL


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