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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Soror Josie Daniels (CENTER) during the Welcome Parade through downtown Hous-ton for Delta Sigma Theta’s National Convention. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES JOURNAL Spring 2016 s11 vention had a style all its own. Un-derstanding Delta Sigma Theta’s ex-pectations of excellence and the caliber of women the organization represents, the city of Houston want-ed sorors to see the splendor of the city for themselves. Nei-mann Marcus devoted two window displays specifically for Delta, which required Soror Daniels to review and approve. Convention delegates tend to be-lieve the planning and execution of a nation-al convention rests solely among Delta’s subcommittees. So-ror Daniels confirms that in actuality, it re-quires extensive coor-dination with National Headquarters and col-laborations with local businesses, law en-forcement and public offices for permits. “Get It Done”…whatever it was. In the exact sense of hospitality, the committee sought to do all that was possible to please sorors and make sure to keep them happy. They began to conceptualize events and subthemes to brand the convention. They were able to raise money and donate to DREF to “get it done.” Con-tributions and donations, even the ceramic cowboy boot centerpieces, were indicative of the outpouring of support and collaboration. Pooling resources and receiving grants wher-ever there was funding available, they were determined to “get it” to fulfill the promise. There were many surprises that some sorors may have missed. For example, there was an airplane that flew over the Welcome Parade several times toting a banner recognizing the Deltas arrival into town. There was also a reception for the Executive Board, Honorary Members, and sorors at the Grove, a restaurant located on the southend of Houston’s 11.8-acre urban park, Discovery Green, downtown. “So goes the Welcome, So Goes the Convention.” According to Soror Daniels, the Welcome Event and the Opening Ceremony truly set the tone. On the day of the parade, Soror Daniels was overwhelmed to see all of the work and deliberations coming to fruition. Dr. Walker riding in on a white horse was among the most cherished moments. Soror Dan-iels, with the assistance of the host-ess chapter presidents: Sorors Tia Locke Simmons (Houston Alumnae); Christine Smith (Houston Alumnae); Shirley Johnson (Houston Metropol-itan Alumnae); Silvia Tiller-Jackson (Suburban Houston-Fort Bend Alum-nae); Yolanda Herring-Baker (Bay Area Houston Alumnae); Marcie Stra-han (North Harris County Alumnae) Tiffany Rushing (Delta Gamma); and Miranda McNeal (Zeta Sigma), notable Del-tas and dignitaries, was thrilled to watch the convention mate-rialize. Given all the preparation and coor-dination, it was equally as important to Soror Daniels that the imme-diate past president of Houston Alumnae, So-ror Simmons, partic-ipated in the parade and received recogni-tion for her leadership and contribution to the committee; howev-er, her term ended pri-or to convention. The excitement of the city as well as the enthusiasm that per-meated the region in anticipation of the National Convention was felt across radio and television broad-casts. Throughout the experience, Soror Daniels was moved by the awe-some feedback from the community and local area high schools for her example and her influence in addi-tion to galvanizing the area. These emotions as well as channeling Bar-bara Jordan came out in her rous-ing, animated, and captivating Open-ing Ceremony remarks. For those in attendance at the 52nd National Convention, we can attest that So-ror Daniels and the steering commit-tee indeed delivered on each prom-ise made. s


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