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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E s14 Presidential Youth Conference: Youth Initiatives Still Matter When the 2015 Presiden-tial Youth Conference participants arrived by bus to the urban campus of Tex-as Southern University, they were not expecting such a warm wel-come. Youth attendants exited the bus looking excited and a little be-wildered as they began the youth conference held during Delta Sig-ma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 52nd Na-tional Convention July 23 – 25, DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. 2015. Texas Southern cheerlead-ers and the costumed TSU Tiger mascot greeted them with dance moves, cheers and pom-pom salutes. If the enthusiastic reception was not a clear sign, TSU Presi-dent Dr. John Rudley’s greeting left no doubt that “Black lives matter.” “Black lives do matter,” said Dr. Rudley, president of the histor-ically Black university where So-ror Barbara Jordan was educated as an undergraduate student be-fore going on to become the first African-American U.S. Representa-tive from Texas. “What a college president is supposed to do is make sure that your college education is second to none, especially for young men and women of color,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure that you’re competitive.” Students ranging in age from 12 – 18 years of age traveled from BY SHANNON BUGGS Members of the 2013 – 2015 Executive Committee with the 2015 Presidential Youth Confer-ence participants as they visited Texas Southern University. PHOTO BY VALERIE PHILLIPS


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