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CHAPTER NEWS Joy in Our Sisterhood, Dottie Peoples receives the 2017 Kuumba Award and sings with members of the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter Ensemble during the Annual Kuumba Tribute. The East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter honored gospel legend Dottie Peoples on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at its Annual Kuumba Tribute. Co-chaired by Sorors Marchatinita Huff, Alicia McCord-Estes and Keisha Thorpe, the Kuumba Award is one of the chapter’s signature events presented by the Arts and Letters Committee. It recognizes women who excel in the arts in their community. Over 300 enthusiastic supporters attended the event. The award is named “Kuumba” for one of the principles of Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American history and culture. Kummba means “creativity.” Past honorees of the Kuumba Award include author and playwright Pearl Cleage, author Tina McElroy Ansa, actress Keisha Knight Pulliam and executive producer of the National Black Arts Festival, Stephanie Hughley. Peoples is an award-winning gospel artist who moved to Atlanta, from Ohio, where she was a jazz vocalist. Atlanta is where she began her gospel career by singing a soul-stirring solo to a local congregation which inspired her desire to move into the gospel arena. She has received four Stellar Award nominations including one for her 1994 release, “On Time God,” which rocketed to No. 1 on the charts, and earned her a nomination for Soul Train’s Lady of Soul Award. Peoples has continued to garner more than 50 industry accolades, including the 2010 Stellar Award for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, Peoples is a business woman and advocate for women’s needs. She served as general manager of Church Door Records and also launched her own radio show. She became the first African-American s70 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. female artist with her own Gospel Record Label in Atlanta, GA-DP Muzik Group. Through her record company, she established Dottie Peoples Ministry, an outreach ministry that serves those in need. It is through this ministry that Peoples touches the lives of young girls through her mentorship program. “What makes me love what I do more than anything is people,” said Peoples. “Just to know that you’ve touched their lives and blessed them – it’s a feeling that you never ever get over.” The event included musical tributes by the chapter’s EP/CP Ensemble, consisting of approximately 30 soul-stirring singers who had the opportunity to sing with Peoples on her award-winning song “On Time God.” The East Point/College Chapter President Ella Loving remarked, “It is a blessing to honor Dottie Peoples, a


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