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s lege in Mobile where she served for 25 years, becoming the first African- American female president of a college east of the Mississippi River. "She is the best example of what a good legislator can do for education," said Joe Reed of the Alabama Democratic Conference. On April 19, 2013, the newest addition to the Bishop State campus that was built during her administration was named, the Dr. Yvonne Kennedy Business Technology Building, in her honor. Mentored by Delta Sigma Theta’s 15th National President, Lillian Pierce Benbow, Dr. Kennedy worked to be an inspiration in the lives of others. She freely mentored other Deltas including the 22nd National President, Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, the current National President, Soror Butler-Mc- Intyre, and countless others during her 48 years of service to this illustrious Sorority. Her home-going service was befitting a queen. Dr. Kennedy was the first to be honored with funeral services held at the Mobile Convention Center to accommodate the outpouring of love from thousands of Deltas including the current and all past national presidents, the governor of Alabama, the mayor of Mobile and many other dignitaries in attendance. Soror Butler-McIntyre and Soror Boyd were visibly emotional as they carried the presidential stole bearing the number “19” during Dr. Kennedy’s Omega Omega service. Soror Butler- McIntyre lauded Dr. Kennedy for always being “camera ready,” impeccably dressed, poised with her chin-up and shoulders back. During the Mobile Torch Celebration on April 20, Soror Boyd said, “When I stepped on the campus of Alabama State University and learned of Yvonne Kennedy, I wanted to be like her. Following in Dr. Kennedy’s footsteps, I became a Beta Eta Delta, Miss Alabama State, and National President...following in Yvonne Kennedy’s footsteps.” Dr. Kennedy’s life was a life well lived and she often reminded us that “In Delta we are the beneficiaries of a great legacy... and we should do all that is within our power to not just be the beneficiaries, but make sure that the legacy is greater for the ones that come behind us.” Dr. Kennedy joins the Omega Omega chapter, leaving her Delta legacy to be carried forward by her sister, Brenda J. Kennedy; sister-inlaw, Jean Clark Kennedy; eight nieces, Cynthia M. Johnson, Constance D. Kennedy, Sandra Kennedy-Owes, Thelma Kennedy-Malveaux , Jennifer M. Johnson, Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel, Sonia Kennedy Ladd, and Kamela D. Kennedy; five great nieces, Chasity Moore, Kafi Kennedy Swanson, Tasha Lang Adams, Phaizah Kennedy Malveaux and Qadera Kennedy Malveaux. s Dr. Yvonne Kennedy (standing right of signage) and family members, also members of Delta Sigma Theta. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY Dr. Yvonne Kennedy (RIGHT) and her neice, Thelma Malveaux (LEFT) with Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (SEATED CENTER), 10th National President, and Dr. Thelma Daley (standing center), 16th National President. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY JOURNAL Summer 2013


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