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Dr. Walker proceeded to high-light the work done in her adminis-tration since entering office in 2013. “You know Deltas are some hard working sisters. If you want some-thing done well, you ask a woman. But, if you want something done complete-ly, effectively, efficiently, and exemplary, you better ask a Delta.” The organization has signed Memorandums of Un-derstanding or collaborat-ed with: the National Insti-tute of Health (NIH); National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); United Negro College Fund (UNCF); Enroll America/Get Covered America; and Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Walker also assured the membership that, although threats from ISIS and other safety concerns have post-poned the Sorority’s interna-tional mission trips, the work has not been postponed. Dr. Walker further stated in her remarks (excerpts): Oh yes, during the last two years our country, and particularly our com-munities, have been faced with many, many challenges - far too many to even start naming them. You begin to won-der how many more are we going to have to face. When does it stop? What role does Delta play in this battle, strug-gle, conflict and fight? We don’t wear crimson and cream for nothing….Del-tas don’t turn away from the issue – we take the issue head on. But, we have to make sure it’s the issue you are taking on and not the person. We have to be the Deltas who are glad that our Founders were in search of the sisterhood, willing to share their dream with us, and to inherit to us their trust. We have to be the Deltas that are glad that God looked down upon us and created Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. for a purpose. We have to be the Deltas who are there for our sorors when they need us. We have to be the Deltas who care more about the con-tent s68 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. of character than the characteriza-tion of contentment. We have to be the Deltas who recognize the necessity to stir up the talents in other sorors.… We have to be the Deltas whose foresight is better than our insight. We have to be the Deltas who have a fo-cused sense of direction that does not need the internet’s Mapquest. We have to be the Deltas who do not need a daily calendar, a palm pilot, Black-berry, or smart phone to remember to see about each other. We have to be the Deltas who do not need a wakeup call to make sure that we get up and stand up against social injustices. We have to be the Deltas who are not so concerned about whether or not their names are spelled correctly in the program book that we forget the pur-pose of the program. We have to be the Deltas who do not suffer from that eye disease often referred to as tunnel vision... We have to be the Deltas who stay reclaimed, renewed, and rededicated. We have to be the Deltas who brought our little old individual raggedy patch-es to the quilt and are willing to make room for others to add their little old individual raggedy patches to the quilt that we call Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. See, sorors, I don’t know about you, but I am mighty glad to be a Delta. And so in conclusion let me say four things: (1) To whom much is given, much is required – we have been given much and much will be required of us; (2) Keep the faith because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen; (3) Cast a shadow and quit blocking the sun; (4) We will start on time, we will end on time, and we will do our best to stay in budget. Dr. Walker’s words set the tone for the 52nd National Convention when she ended by saying, “Now, let’s go handle our business.” s OPENING CEREMONY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. fill the Toyota Center in Houston for the Opening Cere-mony during the 52nd National Convention. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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