Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
Vice President: Hello, my sisters! (Applause.) Oh, please sit down. Please sit down. Oh I’m–I’m glad we did that. (applause.)
From Thursday, I know all the work that everyone has done in recent days. I keep hearing about all the good jobs because, of course, our brotherhood serves all of humanity. (applause.)
I just want to thank you all for all that you do. I mean, our fellowship is of course built on the power of service and understanding – and in this mission, the power of fellowship – to remind ourselves and each other of our power to be together; We are not alone; and Together with sister communities, we have the power to have an extraordinary impact on so many people.
I am proud to be part of this sorority. I’m very proud. (Applause.) I’ll tell you — you know, I — I go to different states. In fact — and, you know, so far, as vice president, I’ve met and met directly with more than 100 foreign heads of state — presidents, prime ministers, kings — by phone or in person.
I say this to say that everywhere I go – if I travel to the United States, but even if I travel abroad – we have sisters everywhere. (Laughter) Everywhere.
Sometimes my employees may not know – oh, here we go – now everyone can hear me. Sometimes people around me say, “You know, ma’am, there’s a lot of people…” — (Laughter). “There’s a bunch of people – they’re all in pink and green – who want to see you.” And then, of course, me (inaudible). (laugh.)
But really, here I am – can y’all hear me if I’m not using it? So I – let’s turn it off. let’s go.
I’m talking across the street from the state of our country. There are a lot of risks right now. Much of what we stand for is determined by elected officials. We’ll have midterm reviews in 59 days, and as you all know, that’s a big deal.
So I ask that we continue to serve in all the ways we do, including encouraging people to use their voice to vote, understanding that their voice matters, that they matter, and that they have the right to command this that they want. their voice by their votes. (applause.)
Especially for American women these days, there’s a lot to do.
So I hope that in the spirit of sisterhood and the great work of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, we will continue to organize communities at all levels, including around our ancestors and the importance of women who have helped build our sorority the day to include voting rights in the struggle on the inside.
And finally, I’ll tell you this: I – I shared it with a few people – so many of you probably know that my aunt was actually Basils in Oakland, California, when I – (applause). When I…went to Howard with her.
So when I was growing up, when I was in high school, like we do with the kids in our lives, she put me to work. (Laughs) So, I was her assistant, and I had to sort through all her papers, which were pink and green when she was Basil. (laugh.)
At one point, the sorority hosted Norma E. Boyd. I met Mrs. Boyd before I joined the sorority when I was a very young girl. Mrs. Boyd gave me her book, “Love Equals My Work” – which I have. She signed me.
When I think of the heritage of our fellowship, as represented by the founders and everyone here, I know that the future of our country is bright because we are a loyal and dedicated group of people – (applause) – they, through our fraternity, learn about our country’s commitment and our ability to respect it.
So once again, I thank you all on a personal level, but also your vice-president. (applause.)