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She also served as a consultant for will enable the foundation to contin- just been published and is available the St. Paul Empowerment Center for ue its mission and vision with inno- in bookstores nationwide. years. vative initiatives to serve the Dallas Dr. Gautier concurrently earned Soror Dennis is currently active in community. ▲ her bachelor and master’s degrees the Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae Chap- in English literature from Stanford ter. She is a past chapter president Soror Florine F. Fleming of Rich- University in 1999, then earned a and was the caregiver for Founder mond Alumnae Chapter, a retired master’s degree and Ph.D. in Eng- Winona Cargile Alexander. ▲ Henrico County schoolteacher is lish literature from the University of now a nationally accredited fl Pennsylvania. She also held a dis- ower On April 11, 2011, show judge. She has taken her life- sertation fellowship from Marquette Soror Tonya Dix- long love of fl University and a postdoctoral fellow- owers and gardening to on-Muraguri was a new level. Soror Fleming earned the ship in African and African-American recognized to receive coveted certifi studies from Washington University cation as a judge from the 2011 Texas In- the St. Louis based National Garden in St. Louis. struments Founders Clubs Inc., which is recognized as the Dr. Gautier is currently a profes- Community Service largest volunteer gardening organiza- sor in the department of English at Award. During Na- tion in the country. DePaul University, where she teaches tional Volunteer Week, April 11 – 16, Soror Fleming is one of 110 ac- African-American literature, creative 2011, Soror Tonya Dixon-Muraguri tive NGC-certifi writing and American literature. In ed judges in Virginia. of the Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae It was the glaring absence of diver- addition to her award-winning book, Chapter, was awarded for her com- sity that prompted Soror Fleming to Dr. Gautier has published more than munity involvement. Texas Instru- take action. Taking action to become 65 short stories in nationally ac- ments will make a $1,000 donation in a nationally accredited judge includ- claimed literary journals and anthol- the winners' honor to the nonprofi ed: completion of four courses, each ogies, including “Best African Ameri- t agency for which they volunteered. with a three-part exam; writing a fl can Fiction 2008” and “Best African ow- Soror Dixon-Muraguri has chosen the er show schedule; passing a written American Fiction 2009.” Shirley A. Fridia Development Center, test on the Garden Club Handbook; Soror Gautier was initiated Inc. as the recipient of this donation, and obtaining credits in horticulture through Quaker City Alumnae Chap- the non-profi and fl ter and is currently a member of oral design. t entity of the MDA. Soror Dixon-Muraguri's volunteer Soror Fleming has not given up Evanston North Shore Alumnae endeavors include being an active exhibiting. In July 2010, she won blue Chapter. ▲ member of her local Delta chapter, ribbons in horticulture as well as collegiate advisor at Paul Quinn Col- the top horticulture honor, an award Dr. Tara T. Green re- lege, serving on the board of direc- of merit, at the Suffolk Convention ceived the 2011 Anna tors for SAFDC and the North Texas of the Garden Clubs of Virginia, the Julia Cooper and CLR Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of statewide organization of black gar- James Award for Out- America. Soror Dixon-Muraguri cur- den clubs that was founded in 1932 at standing Publication rently serves as secretary and Stra- Hampton Institute (now University). in Africana Studies at tegic Planning chair for SAFDC. She Soror Fleming was initiated into the National Council supports the center's mission of en- Delta Sigma Theta through Virgin- for Black Studies Con- riching lives and transforming com- ia Union University’s Beta Epsilon ference. The NCBS is a major organiza- munities through education and ser- Chapter in 1951. ▲ tion which focuses on the study of Af- vice initiatives. Her role on the board ricans and people of African descent. of directors for the LFA, North Texas Dr. Amina Gautier Dr. Green's award-winning book, Chapter came recently with an inter- was recently award- “A Fatherless Child: Autobiographi- est in educating her community about ed the Flannery cal Perspectives of African American lupus which was sparked by her un- O’Connor Award for Men,” examines the impact of father- cle, who lost the fi Short Fiction by the lessness from the perspective of Afri- ght to lupus several years ago. University of Georgia can-American men, specifi cally Langs- Soror Dixon-Muraguri's wide- Press for her short ton Hughes, Richard Wright, Malcolm ranging community interests drive story collection “At- X and Barack Obama. Dr. Green, direc- her to remain active in many capaci- Risk.” Dr. Gautier is only the second tor of the African American Studies ties that positively affect the com- African-American to win this pres- Program at the University of North munity where she lives and works. tigious award since it was fi Carolina Greensboro and the vice rst es- Texas Instrument’s contribution to tablished in 1983. Her manuscript, president of the Langston Hughes So- SAFDC in recognition of Soror Dixon- which was chosen as the winner ciety, published the book in 2009 with Muraguri’s work in the community from among 300 submissions, has the University of Missouri Press. As a 98 98 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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