satin, rubber, canvas, metal, and nylon shoelaces with plastic aglets
H x W x D (left shoe (a)): 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 26.7 cm)
H x W x D (right shoe (b)): 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 26.7 cm)
A pair of gold and blue satin Converse sneakers customized for Sigma Gamma Rho sorority member MC Lyte. The shoes have white rubber toe caps, white rubber with black rubber stripes around the bottom sides, and a black rubber rectangle with the words "ALL STAR" printed in white at the center back heel. The vamp and tongue are faced in gold satin fabric with blue stitching. Text is embroidered in blue on the outside heel of each shoe, with the left shoe reading "MC LYTE" and the right shoe reading "est. 1922" in reference to the sorority's founding year. A stripe of blue satin is attached at the center back heel with gold embroidered text of the Greek alphabet letters for Sigma Gamma Rho. A white fabric tag with black embroidery reading "ALL STAR" is attached to the top of each tongue. The shoes are laced with white nylon shoelaces with clear plastic aglets. The outer soles are of black rubber with nonslip groove designs. The lining of the shoes is made of blue canvas with repeating text in gold reading "1922". The insoles are made from rubber faced in white canvas with "CONVERSE" printed in black ink near the heel. Size 8 and materials are printed onto the reverse of each tongue.
The oral history consists of 2016.129.10.1a and 2016.129.10.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
Cheryl Bailey Solomon was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Ms. Solomon donated several Delta Sigma Theta items including bucket hats, pledge pins, a water glass, and a floor mat, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history interview Cheryl Bailey Solomon talks about why she pledged Delta Sigma Theta while attending the HBCU Coppin State College and what that experience was like.
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