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June 16, 2012 - June 22, 2012, The Afro-American

Dr. Brenda Conley and sister Claudette Swain

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he Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrated its 90th Anniversary with guest speaker, Cynthia M.A. ButlerMcIntyre, the organization’s national president.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presented a proclamation and brought greetings from the citizens of Baltimore

Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, 16th National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sisters Stephanie and Yolanda Carr

Karen Buster, Rhonda Nelson-Boglin, Adele Terrell, Phyllis Nelson

Rev. Dr. Frances Murphy Draper, granddaughter of founder Vashti Turley Murphy raises her glass to toast the 90th Anniversary of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sisters Roslyn Crosby and Pamela Crawford

Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.

S Tamara Gordon, Paul White, Prince George’s County award winner Antonio Bell and Ben Phillips IV

tudents, school officials and business professionals gathered May 14 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture for the AFRO American Newspapers’ 15th annual Character Education Awards. During the month of February, the AFRO distributed special publications to eighth graders in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington D.C. that contained vignettes of African-American professionals who have made a positive impact nationally and internationally. Thereafter, students read the profiles and submitted an essay explaining what they learned from a particular individual that was featured. The AFRO selected the best essays and five winners were awarded. 

Dr. Gregory E. Bell (Montgomery County Public Schools)

Photos by Anderson Ward

Cathy Plakatorish, Dr. Gregory Bell, Montgomery County award winner Julian Avenilla, Ben Phillips IV, Ms. Sesler and Mae Avenilla

Corporate Sponsors Awards Frank Avenilla, Julian Avenilla, Mae Avenilla and Seren Avenilla

Lynn Schwalje, Millie Beall, Anne Arundel County award winner Gwen Inman, Chip Guinee and Carlesa Finney

Students arrive from Golden Ring Middle School Xavier Canty and Julia Canty

Johnathan Robinson, Dr. Kandice Taylor, Darus Bacote, Baltimore County award winner Sharon Kimemia and Ben Phillips IV

Justin Thomas, Vera Wilkins, Howard County award winner Xavier Canty, Adrian Shuttle and Ben Phillips IV

Jailene Hernandez and award winner Sharon Kimemia

John J. Oliver, Dr. A. Skipp Sanders and Ben Phillips IV


June 16, 2012 - June 22, 2012, The Afro-American

Dr. Helen Tate; Jake Oliver, Publisher/CEO, AFROAmerican Newspapers and Dr. Julia Marshall

Ian McDaniel, our featured saxophonist with his parents, John (left) and Trish (right) The Honorable Dhanojak Obongo, Ambassador, Government of South Sudan; Jake Oliver, Publisher/CEO, AFRO-American Newspapers and honoree Jim Min. Watkins, GM, Frenchettia WHUR FM Payne gives Radio a stirring Invocation at the luncheon

The Continentals, DC Chapter

Avis Thomas-Lester, Jake Oliver, Benjamin Phillips and County Executive Rushern Baker

Renee Allen sings “Lift Every Voice.” Essie G. Page, Edna Lee Moffitt, Claudia McKoin and Stephanie E. Myers – Members of Capital City Links with photo of Frances Murphy, (d) former AFRO Publisher and past President of the Capital City Links

Photos by Rob Roberts The AFRO-American Newspapers, the longest-running African-American family-owned newspaper in the nation, celebrated its 120th birthday with a sizzling, high spirited, high energy Community Partners luncheon last week at the Carolina Kitchen Restaurant in Hyattsville, Md. Over 200 staff, friends and supporters came out to toast the AFRO and to acknowledge seven organizations that have long supported our community and business initiatives. Community Partners who were recognized included: Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; WHUR FM Radio; Jack H. Olender, Esq., Olender & Associates; Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall Gospel Service; Zeta Chi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Capital City Links and Peoples Congregational Church. Hats off to program participants; Renee Allen, singing “Lift Every Voice”; Min. Frenchettia Payne, giving the Invocation Herbert Quarles blessing the meal and a melody of smooth accepting award jazz by high school student, Ian McDaniel. on behalf Peoples Congregational The current management represents the 4th Church generation of leadership for the company and they are very excited as they continue to grow and expand this 120-year-old media company. The Murphy Family and staff of the AFRO-American Newspapers extends a BIG THANK YOU to all! Diane

Lance London, owner, Carolina Kitchen

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Venable accepting award on behalf of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Jim Watkins accepting award on behalf of H.U.R. Voices

County Executive Rushern Baker with Maudine Cooper, President/CEO, GWUL

Some of the the AFRO-American Newspapers family

H.U.R. Voices team: Harold Fisher, Renee Nash and Molette Green

Kyra Davenport, Ibrahim Mumin, Dedra Owens and SSGT Kalia Jackson

Galbraith AME Zion church

Renee Allen (left) and her table guests

County Executive Rushern Baker (center) Gamma Pi and Psi Nu Chapters of with sorors of the Prince George’s County Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Some of the guest enjoyed themselves on the Carolina Kitchen patio.

Northern VA Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Prince George’s County chapter of Jack and Jill of America members

Zeta Chi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Felecia Phillips, Rev. John Barckley and Dr. Sheila Harmon Martin

Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc.

Some members of Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Federal City Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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