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★ ★ Theta. The sermon themed, “Let’s ★ Stay Together,” compared the strug- ★ gles Nehemiah endured while re- ★ opposition and obstacles Presidentbuilding a nation to the present day ★ Obama faces. ★ “We can be divided on issues ★ without destroying the fabric of our ★ can celebrate our diversity withoutcountry,” said Bishop McKenzie. “We ★ denying someone else their dignity.” ★ Bishop McKenzie reminded wor- ★ shipers that a seemingly impossible ★ glory.task is only preparation for greater ★ “God didn’t train you to fail, He ★ trained you to reign,” she stressed. ★ “God breaks down the strength need- ed to do what seems impossible to ★ its core elements then gives you the ★ Delta Research and Educational Foundation President Alison Harmon (LEFT); Soror opportunity to practice that strength, sister of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones and a member of(CENTER)Barbara Walker ★ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s National Social Action Commission; and Soror Cynthia M. again and again.” ★ A. Butler-McIntyre (RIGHT), National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. accept a Following the service, sorors ★ Justice Institute during a tribute to the former congresswoman during Delta Sigma Theta Jr. National Memorial on the National$100,000 check from the Clinton Family Foundation for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Socialheaded to the Dr. Martin Luther King, ★ Sorority’s 23rd Annual Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Mall. Sorors were treated to a special ★ presentation by Ed Jackson, execu- ★ said Rev. Boyd. ment in any fi shared some of the little known factstive architect of the monument. He eld of human endeavor.and women for the highest achieve-an actualization of the power of red,” ★ She also presented the charge Distinguished guests such as about the conception, construction ★ for the weekend and reminded par- Rep. William Clay, Jr. (D-MO) and So- and the obstacles faced in bringing ★ ticipants to get back to the basics of ror Marcella Maxwell, vice chairman the monument to fruition. ★ social activism. the NAACP, gave remarks express- attend the education forum moderat-Sorors returned to the Gaylord toof the Special Contribution Fund for“From the beginning, we have ★ been social activists,” she said. “I ing appreciation for Soror Freeman’s ed by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, director ★ ask that we never forget the basics years as a civil rights attorney. of the Smithsonian National Museum ★ and voter participation must always National President of Delta Sigma panelists answered the question,of African Art. During the discussion,Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), 21stof social action. Voter registration ★ be a part of the social action agenda Theta, recalled the determination of “What Now for No Child Left Behind?” ★ so that we can counteract voter sup- Soror Freeman and the inspiration and discussed the educational needs ★ pression that is on the rise in 2012.” she has been to generations of peo- of the African-American community. ★ stressing the need for educational ple. “Soror Freeman did what she on tackling voter suppression. Mod-The Town Hall Meeting focusedRev. Boyd ended her address ★ empowerment, economic empow- thought was right,” said Soror Fudge. erated Soror by Tracee Wilkins, re- ★ erment, and support of black busi- “To quote Soror Freeman, ‘When it porter for NBC4 in Washington, D.C., ★ nesses. comes to segregation and prejudice, a panel comprised of leaders of Afri- ★ ing Session, the Sorority paid tribute showed that she meant what she in on new voter identifi cation lawscan-American organizations chimedI just won’t take it.’ Her life’s workImmediately following the Open- ★ to Soror Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq., said.” that some fear will suppress the Af- ★ Delta’s 14th National President and The evening ended with a recep- rican-American voter turnout in the ★ tion of her being awarded the presti- ceiving such a distinguished honor. yond.2012 presidential elections and be-tion in honor of Soror Freeman re-noted civil rights attorney, in celebra- ★ gious Spingarn Medal by the National Sorors rose early Sunday morn- Dr. Thelma T. Daley, 16th Nation- ★ Association for the Advancement ing to attend the Ecumenical Service al President of Delta Sigma Theta, ★ of Colored People. The NAACP has and receive an inspirational word brought closing remarks. She advised ★ since 1914 to African-American men zie, national chaplain of Delta Sigma – a Greek word meaning applying asorors to carry with them “praxis”from Bishop Vashti Murphy McKen-awarded the Spingarn Medal annually ★ ★ ★ 20 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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