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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E JOURNAL Spring 2016 s37 Sing, Sorors! Sing! Competition winner, Greenville Alumnae Chapter, receives their award at the Gospel Concert. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES “I didn’t know how to love myself. Even though I was a ‘PK’ or ‘preach-er’s kid,’ I tried to take my life two times,” said Crawford. “People don’t know what you’re going through, and many times folks won’t obey God, but He gave me another chance!” Contemporary gospel artist, Donald Lawrence concluded the eve-ning asking members to sing and re-peat the phrase, “For the rest of my life, I’m not making sense, I’m making faith,” a song from his 2011 album, YRM (Your Righteous Mind). He en-couraged attendees to walk into their season. “Reach for your dreams and stay in faith,” said Lawrence. Soror Selena Walker-Banks of the Columbus (GA) Alumnae Chapter felt like she was in the house of the Lord. “You can surely feel the presence of the Lord in this place,” said Soror Selena Walker-Banks of the Colum-bus (GA) Alumnae Chapter. “It was not only encouraging and uplifting, but it reminded me of the Christian principles on which our Sorority was founded.” The winner of the National Arts and Letters Commission’s new ini-tiative “Sing Sorors! Sing!” also per-formed, beginning the evening with an original song. The South Atlan-tic Region’s Delta Chorale of Green-field (SC) Alumnae Chapter sang “Come On and Praise The Lord,” a piece composed by the group. They were also presented with a scholar-ship to enhance the chapter’s cur-rent initiatives. The sounds of the evening kept sorors in a worship state of mind, being mindful and grateful for all blessings. s Contemporary Gospel Artist Donald Lawrence gives inspiring performance during the Gospel Fest. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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