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Black Conventions return In-Person this Summer

by Cass Teague
Mayor of Indianapolis Joe Hogsett, at left, presents Sigma Gamma Rho International Grand Basileus Rasheeda S. Liberty (center), with a proclamation declaring Sigma Gamma Rho Week for the Sorority’s Centennial Celebration, with Past Grand Basileus Joann Loveless, at right, at a press event in Indianapolis.

This summer Sorority and Fraternity In-person national convention events return, along with civil rights and health care groups. African Americans are returning to their national meetings by the thousands this month. Put on hold and held as either virtual or hybrid events since March 2020, many historic black groups are welcoming their memberships back to traditional hotel-based gatherings this summer, and Vice-President Kamala Harris is a very popular speaker.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho are hosting Boules this summer. The Zetas are meeting in Philadelphia July 18-24 with the theme “Honoring our Founders, Continuing their Legacy. The Dream Lives On!” And the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho observed 100 years since their founding on the campus of Butler University with a special Centennial Celebration in Indianapolis July 12-17.

At Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 70th Boule in Orlando July 9-15 the theme was “the Magic of Excellence.” Vice President Harris made remarks at the Orange County Convention Center, specially noting her International Basileus Dr. Glenda Glover, the President of Tennessee State University. The text of her remarks is on the whitehouse.gov website.

Omega Psi Phi is hosting a Grand Conklave in Charlotte July 22-26. George Clinton  has been inducted into the fraternity, and he is payin’ it back. “When I created Atomic Dog in 1982, I had no idea how it would’ve connected to @officialoppf ,” Clinton posted on his Instagram. “Now that I’m a part of this iconic brotherhood, it is only right to celebrate the only funkin way I know how.  @cblaquegod and I have created the new Que Dog Edition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Atomic Dog! So on my 81st Birthday come out to the 83rd Grand Conclave in Charlotte, NC – July 24th as we board the Mothership to shoot the official video. Dogs of the World Unite!”

Iota Phi Theta hosts its Iota Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza Crystal City-Washington, D.C. August 4-6, 2022 in Arlington, VA. Next July, 2023, the other Divine Nine meet as follows: Alphas (Dallas), Deltas (Indianapolis), Kappas (Tampa), and Sigmas (Houston).

The 113th NAACP National Convention was in Atlantic City from July 14-20, convened to progress policies that impact Black America. Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the Convention Monday, July 18 in the Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ. The official text of her remarks is also on the whitehouse.gov website.

The National Urban League Conference is July 20-23, 2022 in Washington, D.C., as leaders in business, government, and social advocacy explore issues and initiatives that profoundly affect the communities served by the Urban League network of 90 affiliates nationwide.

The National Dental Association  held their 109th annual convention in Phoenix July 14-17, with the theme “The Cascading Intent of Ancestors: Creating the Doorway for the Next Generation.”

The National Medical Association 2022 Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly takes place live in Atlanta, GA, July 30 – August 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center and host hotel Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Acclaimed as the nation’s foremost forum on medical science and African American health, through 26 Scientific Specialty Sections, the Convention attracts the broadest spectrum of African American physicians, academicians and scientists in the country.

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