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As a contributor to the NMAAHC, Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., repre-sented the Sorority and was joined by 16th National President, Dr. Thelma Daley, as invited VIP guests. The Sorority donated nearly half a million dollars and several artifacts for the museum’s History/Culture collection. Artifacts gifted include: a Delta pin; gavel and sounding block; poster of the 22 Founders; and the book “Shaped to Its Purpose: Delta Sigma Theta the First Fifty Years” by Mary Vroman. Leaders of the National PanHellenic Council organi-zations were also in attendance. “From its conception to its actualiza-tion, the architectural team, the curatorial team, the contributors and everyone who played a role in making the NMAAHC a reality in our lifetime has accomplished a monumental and phenomenal task,” said Dr. Walker. “This museum tells our story and is filled with the song, the tears, the joys and pains of our ancestors that you can feel when you walk in the building. I know they are smiling down from the heavens and saying, ‘Well done.’” Every aspect of the museum purpose-fully pays homage to African American culture and the African Diaspora. Accord-ing the museum’s website, the captivating building design – devel-oped by lead designer David Adjaye and lead architect Philip Freelon, together with their ar-chitectural team Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith- Group - is inspired by the three-tiered crowns used in Yoruban art from West Africa. The detailed metal lattice, which makes up the building’s covering, pays homage to the intricate ironwork that was crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Caroli-na and elsewhere. The NMAAHC is the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003 under the administration of President George W. Bush. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. 2 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Members of the NPHC with Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) after NMAAHC’s dedication cere-mony. PICTURED (L-R): Deborah Catchings-Smith, international grand basileus, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC); Mark Tillman, general president, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Thomas Battles, grand pole-march, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Dr. Everett B. Ward, general president-elect, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This is a look inside the NMAAHC, which houses more than 36,000 artifacts for the exhibits. The museum opened Sept. 24, 2016, 13 years following the Act of Congress allowing its construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. PHOTO BY DOUGLAS REMLEY, NMAAHC Soror Deborah Peaks Coleman, member of Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter, and Dr. Bertha Roddey, 20th National President, visit donated Delta artifacts in the museum’s History/Culture display. PHOTO COURTESY OF DEBORAH PEAKS COLEMAN


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