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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E s20 Honorary Members Call for Change and Get Results DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY ERICA DONERSON e’re not trophies. Please don’t treat us like trophies,” said Honorary Member Daphne Maxwell Reid as she sat alongside four sorors nodding in agreement. Honorary Members Suzzanne Douglas Cobb, an actress and pro-ducer; Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, an author and faith leader who served in the administrations of two U.S. presidents; Alice Hammond, a re-tired U.S. Air Force captain and oper-ations staff officer; Paula Madison, an entrepreneur and former television executive; and Soror Reid, an actress and filmmaker, took a break from their busy schedules during the 52nd National Convention in Houston to discuss why Honorary Members want to be—and should be—more in-volved in the Sorority’s activities. “To form a family of Honorary Members—some part of the Centen-nial Six Line—who walk together, it’s a wonderful, humbling honor,” said Am-bassador Cook, who became a mem-ber during the Centennial Convention in 2013. “I’m so excited to be part of an explosive, energetic Sorority.” Over the last 103 years, the Soror-ity has initiated more than 100 Hon-orary Members. While these power-ful women have played a key role in the advancement of Delta Sigma The-ta’s initiatives, it hasn’t always been easy to do so. Soror Cobb, who has served on the National Executive Board since her initiation in 2004, has advocat-ed for more communication between Honorary Members and Grand Chap-ter. After her initiation in 2010, Soror Reid joined Soror Cobb on her mis-sion. Soror Reid believes her inquis-itive nature and participation at the local and regional levels may be part of the reason she was appointed to serve as an honorary co-chair of the National Commission on Arts and Letters. “W Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, with Past National Presidents and Honorary Members before the Opening Ceremony. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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