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National leadership prepare to march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. during the Suffrage March reenactment. PICTURED (front row, LEFT TO RIGHT): Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, national chaplain; Dr. Thelma T. Daley, 16th National President; Terri Rivalte Prunty, CPA, national treasurer; Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq., 14th National President; Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, National President; Chelsea Hayes, national second vice president; Dr. Louise A. Rice, 23rd National President. (Back Row, Left to Right): Daphne Maxwell Reid, honorary member; Mona Humphries Bailey, 17th National President; Dr. Paulette Walker, national first vice president; and Beverly Smith, national secretary. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Nation’s Capital March 1 – 5, 2013, was one of many events this year commemorating the Sorority’s 100th founding anniversary. Although the morning of March 3 was as brisk as one might expect for a winter day, it did not deter members, guests and members from other women’s organizations from gathering on the west front of the U.S. Capitol to receive greetings from city and government officials – who happened to be women in high ranking positions – as well as Delta Sigma Theta’s national officers. Rev. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd National President and co-chair of the National Social Action Commission, served as mistress of ceremonies for the brief program on the Capital steps as a precursor to the march. Members were greeted by members of Congress—also members of Delta Sigma Theta—Rep. Marcia Fudge (DOhio), 21st National President and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio); D.C.’s chief of police, Cathy Lanier; Joan Bradley Wages, president and CEO for the National Women’s History Museum; s46 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. and Page Harrington, executive director of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum. National Chaplain, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie led the attendees in a moving prayer, blessing the event. Cynthia M. A. Butler- McIntyre, National President of Delta Sigma Theta, addressed the membership, reminding marchers of the occasion. “By walking in the Suffrage March of 1913, the Founders made it clear that this organization would not stand idle on the sidelines and tolerate the injustices imposed upon women and African-Americans,” said Soror Butler-McIntyre in her remarks. “Their silent gesture of simply walking down Pennsylvania Avenue sent a booming message to the world that change was coming.” Soror Butler-McIntyre’s words inspired the already excited crowd covered in the Sorority’s colors—crimson and cream—and were followed by the charge, “Going Forward,” given by Rep. Beatty. “Our charge is to retrace those steps that fearless women took as they walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, stand on their shoulders and make sure that other little Black girls and all Americans can be educated,” said Soror Beatty. The massive crowd then filed behind 22 collegiate members from various chapters who posed as the Founders and dressed in clothing similar to the styles women from the early 1900s wore during that period. Just as the Founders were required to have a male chaperone in order to attend the 1913 march, the 22 collegiates in the reenactment were also escorted by a gentleman, Stephen Berry, who also donned early 20th century apparel. Members from as far as the Republic of Korea and Germany trav-


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