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DELTA SIGMA THETA HOSTS International Women’s Conference in Honor of 18th National President Hortense Golden Canady BY ASHLEY CHANEY Oity, Inc. reached beyond itsn the cusp of its Centennial,Delta Sigma Theta Soror- ranks to host a gathering of women from around the world. During the Hortense Golden Canady Interna- tional Women’s Conference, “Secrets: Breaking the Culture of Silence,” near- ly 1,200 members and non-members gathered on the sandy beaches of San Juan, Puerto Rico April 12-15 to con- front the challenges and triumphs of gender and race, health and wellness and generational wealth as it relates to women of color. For centuries, women of color Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, director, Smithsonian Museum of African Art (LEFT), facilitates the have been oppressed by negative panel discussion, “Culture of Silence in Health and Wellness, Race and Gender, and media images and societal defi Generational Wealth,” featuring (LEFT TO RIGHT): The Honorable Joycelyn Elders, former ni- tions of who they are and what they U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director, Women’s Research and Resource Center; and Soror Carla Harris, author and managing director, Morgan Stanley. can achieve. The effects of this op- PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER pression have resulted in a culture of silence in which they repress much tendees discussed the secrets and and political well-being of females of of themselves in secrets. Throughout special hardships of gender and race color throughout the world. this groundbreaking conference, at- with noted professionals; inspired The conference was chaired by and gained courage as they mingled Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, with kindred souls in a relaxing is- 21st National President of Delta Sigma land scene; and revitalized them- Theta Sorority, Inc., who also serves selves with strategic plans to break as honorary co-chair of the Sorority’s the culture of silence. National Social Action Commission. The conference was named in Soror Sheila McDaniel of Laurens honor of the late Soror Hortense (SC) Alumnae Chapter and Soror Golden Canady, Delta Sigma Theta’s Pamela E. Smith, immediate past 18th National President, who in 1987 national secretary and a member of convened the Sorority’s fi Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, served rst Inter- national Women’s Conference in as co-chairs for the conference. Nassau, Bahamas. Under the theme Prior to the offi cial opening of “Woman to Woman: Single Parenting the conference, attendees were in- The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, chair of from a Global Perspective,” the goal vited to view a screening of the docu- the Hortense Golden Canady International Women’s Conference and 21st National of the conference was to encourage mentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, women to look beyond the statistics on Thursday, April 12. Produced by Inc., welcomes partipicants to San Juan, and challenges faced by female-head- Abigail Disney and directed by Gini Puerto Rico under the theme, “Secrets: ed households to identify and imple- Reiticker, the documentary chron- Breaking the Culture of Silence.” PHOTO BY ment strategies to enhance the phys- icles successful efforts of Liberian SHARON FARMER ical, mental, economic, educational women to stop the long civil war in 9 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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