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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Delta’s Literary Legacy s40 Author and member of the National Arts and Letters Commission Soror Stephanie Perry Moore displays her book series at the Author’s Pavilion at the 52nd National Convention. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE YELDER STOVALL DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY VIVIAN KING If you happened to wander into the Author’s Pavilion at the 52nd Na-tional Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, you may have felt an inexplicable sense of camaraderie. Among the hugs, “selfies” and autographs, the sister-hood was palpable, perhaps because for the first time, every author on dis-play was a Delta. There were 36 Deltas featured in the Author’s Pavilion at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Hous-ton. New and veteran authors dis-played works spanning multiple genres from children’s to self-help books including family histories that take the reader on the author’s per-sonal journey of exploration; works from those who claim membership in various chapters across the country; Honorary Members and Delta’s own National Chaplain. This year’s Au-thor’s Pavilion writers ran the gamut of backgrounds. Yet, they all uttered a similar sentiment about this note-worthy pavilion experience. “It’s a huge significance. We’ve got to support one another,” said Soror Victoria Christopher Murray, award-winning author of more than 30 books. “I’m so excited that every single author is a Delta. These young authors need this.” “It is very special,” according to Honorary Member, Ambassador Su-zan Johnson Cook, who featured her book aimed to heal, “Becoming a Woman of Destiny: Turning Life’s Trials Into Triumphs!” “I am having a ball. I love the interaction with my sisters. It’s more than an organization and a sorority. It’s an experience.” “Everything has a purpose,” said fellow Honorary Member, Paula Wil-liams Madison, regarding the experi-ence. “One of the things that attract-ed me to Delta Sigma Theta is the purposeful women.” Soror Madison had a profound purpose with her debut novel fea-tured at the pavilion, “Finding Samu-el Lowe.” Fueled by questions about family and legacy from her grand-daughter, Soror Madison set out to repair a 100-year break in her fam-


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