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51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e Reflections on the Centennial Year with Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler- McIntyre, 24th National President JOURNAL Spring 2014 s59 by Rose Williams and Bernadine Stallings It was her last walk down the red carpet as the sitting National Pres-ident of Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. She was nearing the official end of her term by presiding over the last plenary of the 51st National Convention. As she glided deliberate-ly to fulfill her final duties, her eyes filled with tears and her face showed a reflective introspection. The 51st National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta was coming to a close and Number 24, “Baby Teardrop” (her line number and name), was prepar-ing for her new title, Immediate Past National President. Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-Mc- Intyre became the 24th National Pres-ident of Delta Sigma Theta during the 49th National Convention in Orlando, Fla. A victory she questioned with, “Who would have ever thought?” She was re-elected in 2010, during the 50th National Convention, which was held in her hometown, New Orleans. As with all incoming presidents and administrations, Soror Butler- McIntyre had her own vision and ideas for the Sorority which would inspire her to design and implement her own signature programs: EM-BODI – Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Inde-pendence, a new program initiative targeting young African-American males to provide and promote edu-cation, mentorship and community service aimed to help in their transi-tion to manhood; Project ART – The National Commission on Arts and Letters launched Project Art: Ac-tively Redefining Together, designed to influence the entertainment and media industries to develop projects that provide positive images of Afri-can- Americans. Under Project ART, the Delta Red Carpet was launched inviting chapters to support films that cast African-Americans in posi-tive roles. The first Red Carpet event – Bishop T.D. Jakes’ movie, “Not Eas-ily Broken” – brought Delta national attention with an appearance on the Dr. Phil Show; The Delta Sigma The-ta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School – Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre Cam-pus – In collaboration with the Water and Education International Student Collaboration for Haiti Outreach Op-portunities for Learning, Delta of-ficially opened the school during a dedication ceremony in Chérette, Haiti on June 15, 2013. The school project involved the construction of an administrative office building and six classrooms – each named after the seven living past national presi-dents – to meet the needs of the cur-rent 300-student population. Her second term would be unlike any seen before, as it would include the highly anticipated occasion of the Sorority’s 100th anniversary, af-fectionately dubbing her as “our Cen-tennial President.” Upon re-election in 2010, the expectation and vision of a grand affair that would extend throughout the year of 2013 would already begin to conceptualize in the mind of the leader with a “servant’s heart.” Soror Butler-McIntyre on… Planning for Centennial – “When Soror Gwendolyn Boyd, the Centennial Committee, and I were brainstorming three years prior to the Centennial Celebrations regard-ing how we could aptly celebrate 100 years of service, we knew we had to bring in the New Year with events worthy of our 22 Founders. For me, as I am sure for the planning team, it was a must that we commemorate and emulate their courage, audacity, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre


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