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(PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT) Soror Beverly Smith, then National Secretary, Soror Paulette Walker, then first vice president, Southern regional director Cheryl Turner, and Southern region sorors during the signing ceremony with the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Ga. JOURNAL Spring 2014 s79 March on Washington; race relations in America; her life’s work as an ac-tivist; and her current role at Virginia Tech. She gave direct excerpts from her latest novel “Bicycles,” as well as broached the subject of “Love” from her 1997 novel titled Love Poems. As a special treat, Soror Giovanni recited her poem written specifically for the 100th celebration of the found-ing of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her prolific words and message re-ceived a standing ovation. Through-out the evening Soror Giovanni would also address the accomplishments and service that the Sorority has played over the years dealing with the development of women’s rights, race and equality in America. s The Southern Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the American Cancer Society entered into a formal regional partnership aimed at improving the health of the Sorority’s members and activat-ing their communities to take action in the fight against cancer. A signing ceremony took place Oct. 15, 2012 at the American Cancer Society’s na-tional headquarters in Atlanta. The far-reaching partnership includes collaboration on volunteerism activi-ties, health education and awareness, research, advocacy, access to patient services and fundraising activities. “I am confident that this part-nership will create programs that will help women, their families and friends realize early detection, diag-noses, and increased survival rates,” stated Cheryl Turner, Southern re-gional director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Among the initiatives covered in the collaborative agreement is the American Cancer Society’s Can-cer Prevention Study 3, a nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and life-style factors that cause or prevent cancer. His-torically, CPS-1 estab-lished the link between smoking and lung cancer and CPS-2 examined the impact of environmental and lifestyle factors on cancer. Delta Sigma The-ta will recruit study par-ticipants through its membership. “We are thrilled and excited to partner with the Southern Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to edu-cate, serve and activate women to fight back against cancer,” says Ralph DeVitto, American Cancer Society ex-ecutive vice president and Florida di-vision operating officer. “In addition to educating and empowering soror-ity members, this partnership will also positively impact communities as women get involved in grassroots initiatives. We believe the partner-ship will ultimately lead to saving more lives from cancer.” s The San Antonio Alumnae Chap-ter paid homage to Founder Myra Davis Hemmings on May 19, 2013 when a Texas historical marker was placed at the Myra Davis Hemmings Resource Center in San Antonio. This occasion marked the first time any state in the nation has honored a Founder of Delta Sigma Theta, So-rority. A long time educator at Phyllis Wheatley High School, Soror Hem-mings impacted the lives of countless African-American students during her 51 years of service as a dedicated teacher in the San Antonio Indepen-dent School District. On Aug. 16, 1933, Soror Hemmings, along with nine other women organized the Psi Sigma Chapter which was renamed San An-tonio Alumnae Chapter in 1958. Those participating in the pro-gram included Mae Francis Rowlett, Southwest regional director; Dr. Karen Douglas, local chapter president; and State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-Texas). Mrs. McClendon, during her tenure as City Councilperson, was instrumental in securing the building that originally housed the Pine Street Sanford Alumnae Chapter honors Soror Nikki Giovanni (CENTER) during the Seminole State College Speaker Series Forum.


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