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Val Armstrong, Donna L. Harrison and Shaquana Kennedy, clockwise from left, take a selfie during the Dr. Dorothy Height Inaugural Tea held at The Westin.

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Inaugural Tea

Founded on the principles of scholarship, public service and sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. hosts May Week each year to highlight the importance of education through academics and professional achievements. This year, the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter introduced a May Week event that incorporates the other two pillars.

The Dr. Dorothy Height Inaugural Tea celebrated not only the civil rights and women's rights activist's lifetime of achievements, but also the sisterhood of the local women who came together in her honor. And in keeping with the spirit of Height's dedication to public service, the chapter collected socks for the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition, The Chattanooga Rescue Mission and Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

With a desire to donate 1,913 pairs — a number which corresponds to the year the national sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. — the local women's generosity far surpassed that goal.

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