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51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e Chapters Reconnecting and Reuniting Across D.C. Sorors from Delta Tau’s 1966 line show how they used to stroll across Cheyney Universi-ty’s campus during their chapter’s get-together on “Reunion Night.” JOURNAL Spring 2014 s55 by Monica Lewis-Wilborn and Christine S. Hicks As tens of thousands of sorors gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Sorority’s centennial anniversary, many of the Sorority’s over 900 chapters reunited in restaurants and various venues around the District of Columbia for “Reunion Night” July 16, 2013. Sorors screamed, hugged and shed tears at the sight of line sisters, chapter and charter members they have not seen for years – even decades. “Reunion Night” was also the once in a lifetime opportunity for sorors to see and ex-perience the history of their chapter as opposed to hearing about what was taught to them upon initiation. The Wisdom of Charter Members More than 200 members of Alpha Chi Chapter honored Soror Evelyn Robinson Hardin, their only surviv-ing charter member during their chapter reunion. Soror Hardin has been a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 77 years. She has the dual distinction of being a charter member of the Alpha Chi Chapter at Tennessee State Univer-sity in Nashville, Tenn. and of the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter. She is the only surviving charter member of both chapters. The luncheon was a fitting tribute to Soror Hardin, 99, one year young-er than the Sorority. The Alpha Chi Chapter had recently established the Evelyn Robinson Scholarship Fund. The entire assembly was awe-in-spired by the remarks of Soror Hardin as she thanked the committee for an excellent affair. She spoke about her recollections of chartering two chap-ters, and her great pride when she is made aware of the accomplishments of Alpha Chi sorors. She challenged sorors to continue to remember the principles of the Sorority and do the things “Deltas are supposed to do.” Soror Hardin was also recognized during the 51st National Convention as the oldest attendee at the Centen-nial Celebration of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 100th for DST means 100th for Alpha Chapter Over 500 sorors initiated through the Alpha Chapter gathered on How-ard University’s campus – where it all began – to participate in the reunion for the Sorority’s founding chapter. Themed, “The Evolution of Alpha Chapter: The Legend, The Lore, The Legacy,” the event took place at How-ard University’s Cramton Audito-rium. This reunion brought together everyone from seasoned sorors initi-ated as far back as 1937 to neophytes proud to be part of Alpha Chapter’s centennial line. Following a networking recep-tion where there was no shortage of beaming smiles and warm hugs, so-rors were seated in the auditorium by decade and treated to a special program planned by the Alpha Chap-ter Reunion Steering Committee. This group of sorors from various lines busily worked for several months to host the memorable event. The pro-gram included recognition of Alpha Chapter sorors who were elected to


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