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We honored the great Sister Siti Akanke!

On Thursday March 10, on what would have been Sister Siti's 79th birthday, Malik Evans, son of National Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, gave a wonderful tribute to the woman who had an extensive library of black literature in her home. Malik used her library when researching an assignment when he was in college. Malik recalled when Sister Siti would pick him and his siblings from school once a week, providing treats as well.  Brother Corey Tanskley, Minister Evans' godson, also knew Sister Siti as a child, and gave a poem dedicated to all the Sister Sitis in our lives--women who dedicated their lives to their families, blood and non blood, and to their organizations. Sister Shiminege, Sister Siti's daughter,during libation, talked about how her mother was hesitant about the Institute and the African clothing worn at the church when she first came across the Institute, but in no time became one of the Institute's best donors and promoters. Ten-year-old Jay Simms Jr. read a passage from Reginald Lewis' autobiography (Lewis was one of Sister Siti's favorites), and her great-granddaughter, eleven-year-old Tamia Jackson, recited a passage from the play For Colored Girls....

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