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53rd National Convention C O V E R A G E Literary Café: A Diverse Display of Artistic Expression The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 53rd National Convention Literary Café was a fantastic presentation of authors, art and musical performances. The National Commission on Arts and Letters assembled a diverse roster of authors who shared excerpts from their insightful books. Featured authors included Pat Smith, Sheri Riley, Ruth P. Watson and Sybrina Fulton. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, moved the crowd with her sincere and powerful story as she presented “Rest in Power.” She encouraged everyone to overcome the difficult times through faith. She also mentioned how Delta’s sisterhood had touched her heart. Soror Pat Smith read from her novel, “Second Chances.” The excerpt s46 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. relayed how Soror Smith’s journey of faith and rebuilding her self-confidence allowed her to overcome divorce and financial hardships and eventually find love and peace. Soror Sheri Riley, empowerment speaker, shared from her book “Exponential Living.” In explaining how she regained self-purpose, Soror Riley touched upon nine principles that will help readers achieve wholelife success. BY STEPHANIE STOVALL PICTURED (L – R): Daphne Maxwell Reid, Arts and Letters Commission honorary co-chair; Soror Pat Smith, guest author; Sybrina Fulton, guest author; Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President; Soror Sheri Riley, guest author; Soror Ruth Watson, guest author; Essie M. Jeffries, Arts and Letters Commission chair; and Edna L. Moffitt, Arts and Letters Commission co-chair, during Literary Café. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE STOVALL


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