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JOURNAL Spring 2014 s93 Omega Omega Soror Anita Ford Allen entered into the Omega Omega Chapter on Feb. 7, 2013. She was born on Feb. 13, 1925 in Washington, D.C. She was valedictorian of Armstrong High School in 1941 and graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degrees. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Massachusetts. She also received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Alderson- Broaddus College in West Virginia, and the Distinguished Public Service Award by Prairie View A&M Universi-ty. She was initiated into Alpha Chap-ter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1942 and later joined the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter. Soror Allen dedicated her life to education and public service. For several years she taught English at Howard University, the University of Maryland University College, and the University of the District of Colum-bia. She was also a career manager in the federal government, holding posi-tions at the Library of Congress, the Department of Army, and the General Services Administration. The major-ity of her federal service was spent at the Department of Education, where she served as Chief, at the Bureau of Higher and Continuing Education, Of-fice of Student Financial Assistance, Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Bureau of Adult and Vocational Education. Soror Allen was appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Educa-tion in 1967, and was elected at-large in 1968 to the first elected body of the District of Columbia. She also served for more than 17 years as a tutor, trainer and supervising trainer in the field of adult literacy. She was co-founder of the Metropolitan/Delta Adult Literacy Council with the Met-ropolitan Baptist Church of Washing-ton, DC. s Soror Jessie Louise Harris entered into the Omega Omega Chapter Oct. 25, 2011. She was a member of the Las Vegas Alum-nae Chapter and a re-tired New York state social worker. Soror Harris was initi-ated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through the Theta Nu Chapter at East Texas State University, now A&M University-Commerce, in 1971. s Soror Sophia Vir-ginia Holley was a fixture at all Philadel-phia Alumnae Chap-ter meetings, proudly sitting in the front row traditionally reserved for “Delta Dears.” A member of the chapter for six de-cades, Soror Holley entered the Ome-ga Omega Chapter on May 24, 2012, just a few days after the chapter pub-licly acknowledged her unwavering support and love for Delta. Soror Holley was born on No-vember 21, 1927 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and was initiated into Delta through Alpha Mu Chapter at North Carolina A&T State University. A Golden Life Member, Soror Holley joined Xi Sigma (now Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter) shortly after relo-cating to Philadelphia in 1952. A tire-less worker committed to scholar-ship and service, Soror Holley helped organize the chapter’s first Sadie T. M. Alexander May Week Award presenta-tion in 1966 and dutifully served in a variety of capacities, working on the May Week, Physical & Mental Health, Arts & Letters, Scholarship, Policies & Procedures and Audit committees. Over the course of her 60-year mem-bership in the chapter, Soror Holley exuded leadership, being elected to serve as Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms and Financial Secretary. Outside of Delta, Soror Holley spent many years working as an education specialist with the United States Department of Veterans Af-fairs in Philadelphia before retiring in the early 1990s. Just days before her passing, the chapter also expressed its gratitude to Soror Holley for the exemplary way in which she carried out her lifetime commitment to Delta during their annual May Week Lun-cheon. During the luncheon, Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre pre-sented a special certificate to Soror Holley, who was a beloved figure to her peers and a soror who made it a point to mentor younger sorors in the chapter. In 2013, the chapter es-tablished the Sophia V. Holley Schol-arship, which will become an annual award presented to a student attend-ing a historically black college or uni-versity. s Soror Elsia Mae Howard was born December 16, 1921. After fulfilling her final Delta wish – to attend the 51st National Con-vention in D.C. – she entered the Omega Omega Chapter on August 14, 2013. Soror Howard’s elementary and secondary education was completed in the Kansas City, Mo. Public School System. She was one of seven regis-


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