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53rd National Convention C O V E R A G E Deltas Encouraged to Hold Tight, Remain Focused and Stay Strong Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, considered one of the most influential African Americans in the nation, encouraged the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated to continue to hold tight to the “bond of the Sorority” as a source of power and strength. Speaking to a room packed with hundreds of Deltas and guests on Aug. 7 at the Social Action Luncheon during the 53rd National Convention in Las Vegas, s44 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Reed cited Deltas efforts to block “Trumpcare,” protect the legacy of former President Barack Obama and support the appointment of Soror Loretta Lynch as the first black female attorney general in U.S. history as examples of the power of the Sorority. “The power of the bond of this sorority is transformational,” said Reed, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. “Never let the bonds we build through sorority and fraternity ever fray or break. What we have is unique and special.” Guests were greeted by a host of dignitaries including Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President; U.S. Congresswomen Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), 21st National President; Yvette Clark (D-NY) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH), also members of the Sorority. Sorors Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd National President and Carla Harris, both co- BY SHANTÉ MORGAN-DURISSEAU Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gives the keynote address during the Social Action Luncheon at the 53rd National Convention. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, presents Soror Elaine Nichols, senior curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as she accepts the Patricia Roberts Harris Medallion for Excellence in Government Service on behalf of awardee Lonnie Bunch, III, director of the NMAAHC. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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