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★ marital status and career aspirations, ★ while ignoring African-American ★ women’s involvement in the political ★ process. ★“As Delta women, we know that we—and all black women—are a ★ force to be reckoned with when it ★ comes to our political power,” said ★ Soror Butler-McIntyre. “We are in- ★ fl uencers in our families and in our communities.” ★ Acknowledging the countless ★ men and women who gave their lives ★ so that black women could have the right to be engaged in the political ★ process, she said, “When the story ★ of Black women in America is told, ★ our commitment to political aware- ★ ness and involvement must not be ignored!” ★ National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre (RIGHT) touches the NAACP Spingarn Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd Na- ★ dent Louise A. Rice, 20th National President Bertha M. Roddey, 16th National President ★and co-chair of the National Social(LEFT TO RIGHT) 23rd National Presi-★tional President of Delta Sigma ThetaMedal that was awarded to Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq., civil rights advocate and 14thNational President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Thelma Thomas Daley, 17th National President Mona H. Bailey and 21st National Presi- Action Commission, stressed that the dent Marcia L. Fudge look on during the Sorority’s 23rd Annual Delta Days in the Nation’s goals of the conference were to meet ★ Capital. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER with members of Congress and make ★ sure they are paying attention to the ★ issues pertinent to collegiate mem- Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, interest of our communities; brief so- ★ had the opportunity to attend a spe- Theta. Soror Butler-McIntyre brought and increase sorors’ involvement in ★National President of Delta Sigmarors on current legislative matters; bers. Following the forum, delegates cial screening of CNN’s fourth install- attention to the media’s recent focus the nation’s policy making process. ★ ment of the “Black in America” series on conversations regarding the state “We wanted to bring to the Na- ★ that premiered in November 2011. of African-American women’s health, tion’s Capital a demonstration and ★ Navarrow Wright, CTO of Interactive One, a digital media company serv- ★ ing African-Americans, hosted the ★ screening of the documentary titled ★ “Black in America: The New Prom- ★ ised Land—Silicone Valley.” Soror Soledad O’Brian, CNN cor- ★ respondent and honorary member ★ of Delta Sigma Theta, chronicled the ★ experiences of eight African-Ameri- ★ can entrepreneurs as they partici- pated in the nine-week NewMe Ac- ★ celerator program in an attempt to ★ develop their start-up technology- ★ based businesses. The documentary shows their struggles with breaking ★ into the realm of already established ★ technology companies—a generally ★ white male dominated industry. The ★ fi lm also shed light on the need for diversity in technological havens like National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre (RIGHT) and Soror Emerald Pinkney ★ Silicon Valley. of Alpha Tau Chapter (LEFT) with the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina ★ The Opening Session on Saturday Benjamin (CENTER) during the 23rd Annual Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital at National ★ evening began with greetings from Harbor, Md. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER ★ JOURNAL Summer 2012 ★19 ▲★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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