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A STONE OF HOPE Sorors Visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS AND LIBRA WHITE “DHate cannot drive out hate, to the site. Jr. National Memorial Foundation.Mall,” said Harry Johnson, presidentand CEO of the Martin Luther King,over 800 sorors from the Gaylord Na-tional Resort and Convention Centerarkness cannot drive out dark-ness, only light can do that. only love can do that,” is one of 14 The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Through the generosity and leader- quotes taken from Dr. Martin Luther National Memorial opened to the ship of the Sorority, millions of visi- King Jr.’s sermons and speeches in- public August 2011 and was followed tors will be inspired by Dr. King’s life scribed on the wall that surrounds by a dedication in October of that for years to come.” the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nation- same year. For many sorors, this was The Sorority also assisted Alpha al Memorial on the National Mall in the fi Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Dr. rst opportunity for them to visit Washington, D.C. the memorial and witness the long- Martin Luther King Je. National Me- Members of Delta Sigma Theta awaited completion of the 28-year morial Foundation in raising $120 Sorority’s National Executive Com- project. The memorial has been near million in funds needed to build the mittee, National Executive Board and and dear to the heart of Delta Sigma memorial. attendees of the 8th Annual Delta Theta. The Sorority contributed more “The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Days in the Nation’s Capital had the than $162,000 to the fund. have played a pivotal role in contrib- opportunity to visit the memorial “Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. uting and supporting the efforts to Feb. 5 during the legislative confer- played an integral part in honoring publicize and build the memorial,” ence. Fourteen buses transported the legacy of Dr. King on the National said Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr., Gen- Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. gather at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. PHOTO BY BRITTANI WASHINGTON 25 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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