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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Founders Day Weekend they understood the centrality of education, the single most consistent and powerful process for the advancement, not just of an individual, but the advancement of a people,” said Dr. Cole. “But, our young sorors knew something else, and that is that scholarship alone would not be enough, that scholarship must be in communion with service.” During Dr. Cole’s inauguration at Spelman College, Dr. Bill Cosby and Dr. Camille Cosby, an honorary member of Delta, gave a $20 million donation to the school. The couple, known for their philanthropy and for being proponents of education and parental involvement, also received the Educational Development Award at the Centennial Honors. They were unable to attend the event. The International Awareness and Involvement awardees were civil rights leaders Ben Jealous, president/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, accepts The Political Awareness – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Ambassador Andrew Young. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He has advocated and successfully negotiated for the freedom of political prisoners abroad. Rev. Jackson is also the recipient of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. During the honors program, Rev. Jackson told the audience the award is special to him because a 6th grade teacher, who influenced his life, was a Delta. That inspirational teacher became a South Carolina assemblywoman. Jackson went on to express his gratitude for the honor and reflected on the progress African-Americans have made thus far. “Lest we forget, we were enslaved longer than we’ve been free. We’ve grown from the slave ship to the White House. What an amazing journey,” said Jackson. Ambassador Young also celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama in his remarks. “We have elected a president and a beautiful, wonderful first lady, but that is not enough. We must find a way to give them the support that fights battles,” said Ambassador s34 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Young. “We need you to keep on keeping on because the struggle continues, and really, it’s just now starting to get good.” Young’s lengthy resume includes working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to abolish segregation and several noteworthy positions. In 1972, Young became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Congress from Georgia since Reconstruction. Five years later, President Jimmy Carter appointed him the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Young also served as Atlanta’s mayor and co-chair of the city’s Olympic Committee. Ambassador Young’s wife is civic leader, Soror Carolyn McClain Young. Radio personality and humanitarian Tom Joyner and Donna Richardson Joyner, were the recipients of the Physical and Mental Health honor. In 2002, Tom Joyner started “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This initiative continues to raise health awareness in the African-American community each year. Donna Richardson Joyner is a health expert who encourages everyone, especially children and women, to get physically active. She is a member of the Fitness Hall of Fame. Currently, Richardson Joyner is serving a second term on the Presidential Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The both recipients were unable to attend to receive their awards. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin received the Physical and Mental Health Award as well. Throughout her career, Dr. Benjamin has treated anyone who needed her assistance, regardless of the person’s ability to pay. In her position as U.S. Surgeon General, she is charged with protecting the health of people across the country. Dr. Benjamin, also known as “America’s Doctor,” is a member of Delta Sigma Theta. “I accept this honor on behalf of one of my mentors, a strong mentor and a family friend, who was like an aunt to me, Yvonne Kennedy,” said Dr. Benjamin. 19th National President Dr. Yvonne Kennedy, an Alabama state representative, passed on December 8, 2012. “I’m honored. I’m humbled, but more importantly I’m proud to be a Delta girl,” said Dr. Benjamin, who also thanked sorors for the love they and Involvement Award. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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