#OnThisDay January 13, 1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University! For my family, Delta Sigma Theta goes back to 1938. With one exception ALL of the women in my family who are college graduates are Deltas.
In Washington, DC, for over 50 years, Delta Sigma Theta has provided affordable housing to our senior citizens at Delta Towers 1. Delta Towers 2 right next door is just about finished. THANK YOU.
My late mother was the president of her line at Maryland State College (now University of Maryland Eastern Shore).
My grand mother pledged at what is now called North Carolina Central University.
Even though my late wife graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Fisk University and was a Harvard Law grad, on the portrait that hangs at Fisk University's Alumni Hall, she had inscribed "Delta Sigma Theta, 2-AB-79," + a portion of her estate went to DST.
Her dear friends at Harvard Law, Loretta Lynch and Karen Freeman Wilson, are member of Delta Sigma Theta.
Did you know Patricia Roberts Harris AND HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge were once Executive Directors/President of Delta Sigma Theta?

Don't know about Patricia Roberts Harris?

Glad you asked.

The greatness of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is far, wide and deep.

FINFIN/Unlike other non-Divine Nine fraternities and sororities, Delta Sigma Theta ALWAYS welcomed other ethnicities. Civil rights icon and heroine Joan Trumpauer Muholland is a member of Delta Sigma Theta. .

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I will be 62 years old. Soon. One of the things I've learned in my rotations around the sun?

- Read the complete works of at least one author.
- Learn how to tell a few jokes.
- Memorize one great speech.
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I have read the complete works of Zora Neale Hurston, John Steinbeck, Alex Haley and James Baldwin. I have just started on the works of Donald Goines. I have read both the Koran and Bible cover-to-cover.
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14 Jan
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Don't know about AL Governor George Wallace?

Glad you asked. #GladYouAsked Image
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The reason we are here, right now, with a SCOTUS majority that is inimicable to everything human is PRECISELY because y'all didn't listen to Hillary Clinton, and those like me, who were her supporters.

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has pulled off the trifecta of FLOTUS, US Senator and Secretary of State.


Hillary Clinton did. That's it, that's the list. Image
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12 Jan
#OnThisDay January 12, 1948 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Sipuel v. OK that a state must allow Black people to study law in state institutions. This case was a precursor to the more sweeping Brown decision.

Don't know about Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher?

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@WhipClyburn is giving a lesson on politics during this press conference on the Voting Rights Act this afternoon y'all.

He is illustrating how the CBC, and Black people, are the most politically practical of any major voting bloc.


I love Mr. Clyburn.
He points out how the CBC wanted the For the People Act. Then the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. And now the Freedom to Vote Act.

It wasn't all or nothing. There's nothing wrong with compromise.

No permanent friends.

No permanent enemies.

Just permanent interests.
The CBC is in support of both the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and Sen. Manchin's bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.

Notice you didn't hear any whining about scorched earth policies.

Such as "either get rid of the filibuster entirely or no vote at all."
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