A D AY I N T H E L I F E O F Soror Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq. Celebrating 100 Years of HERstory Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with five Past National Presidents and the members of the National Executive Committee, National Executive Board and sorors from around the country gathered to formally celebrate the occasion of the 100th birthday of the 14th National Presi-dent, Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq., Nov. 12 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Women’s Club was the backdrop for an intimate celebration of more than 75 sorors paying homage to the Civil Rights leader and Delta icon. The event entitled, “Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrating Your 100th Birthday: This is Your Life in Delta and We Love You,” was a program of reflections from Past National Presidents and presentations from Deltas, all juxtaposed around words so preciously given by the honoree, Soror Freeman. The Honorable Gloria Reno, member of St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, and Soror Therese Loveless, member-at-large, welcomed everyone to the celebration. National Second Vice President Taylor McCain brought greetings on behalf of the Executive Committee. Dr. Walker fittingly described the occasion as a day of “God’s Grace” and the reason members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. were so grateful to have Soror Freeman as one of its members. Soror Karen Hylton, member of the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, opened with the Lord’s Prayer. Soror Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President, gave the invocation. After lunch, Soror Hylton rendered another selection – Soror Freeman’s mantra – “Order My Steps.” Each of the five Past National Presidents present recalled poignant memories of Soror Freeman helping them during their administrations, while those who served 8 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. during Soror Freeman’s administration recounted their time under her leadership as young Deltas. “It’s days like this that make me proud to be a Delta,” said the Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, 21st National President, after highlighting Soror Freeman’s 60 years as a civil rights lawyer. Dr. Louise Rice, 23rd National Presi-dent, displayed a memento she acquired as a young Alumnae soror that came from So-ror Freeman’s campaign for National Presi-dent in 1967. It said: “Are we One Nation or Two?” Dr. Rice remarked that the state-ment had just as much meaning today as it did in 1967. Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd National President, gave remarks. So-ror Mona Humphries Bailey,17th National President, and Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey, 20th National President, sent greetings via Dr. Walker, which included a dozen roses from Soror Bailey. Dr. Thelma Dailey, 16th National President, was given the privi-lege of being the last of the Past National Presidents to offer reflections. She quoted Robert Louis Stevenson, “a friend is a gift you give yourself,” expressing her apprecia-tion for her longtime friendship with Soror Freeman. “Today was tremendous and heart-warming; a genuine day of affection for my soror. It was a day filled with dignity and compassion” said Soror Dailey after the event. Soror Carolyn Thomas, member of St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, offered reflections as a friend, while Soror Freeman’s daughter, Soror Shelbe Bullock, provided a surreal view of Soror Freeman’s family life. Dr. Walker later presented Soror Freeman’s daughter with a gift thanking her for her work in helping her mother stay active in Delta. A song composed by Honorary Mem-ber Suzzanne Douglas Cobb, penned in Soror Freeman’s honor, played during the celebration. Honorary Member Daphne Maxwell Reid crafted a special “Centennial” greeting that was read by Dr. Walker, giving thanks for all of Soror Freeman’s achieve-ments throughout history. There were more roses sent by the Honorable Alexis Herman. Patricia Lattimore, representing Delta Research and Educational Foundation, brought a framed picture of Soror Freeman with Foundation representatives in 1967. Delta’s seven regions sent video greet-ings, which included historical pictures of Soror Freeman, personalized songs and collaborative words of wisdom. Central Re-gional Director Jacqueline A. Dillard and Central Regional Representative Jazmyn Ferguson were on hand to personally bring birthday greetings from the region, sharing special memories of Soror Freeman. By Glenise Cloudy Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq.
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