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The Baltimore Sun

In January, we celebrated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

In February, we commemorated Black History Month.

Here are two recent events that you might have missed out on.

On Feb. 17, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority remembered the 22 women who founded that organization 94 years ago - on Jan. 13, 1913.

Candles were lit in honor of those women at an event held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

The Deltas were founded at Howard University in Washington. One of the 22 founders, Lula Vashti Turley Murphy, was a charter member of the Baltimore alumnae chapter, which she founded in 1922.

The ceremony also included singing, remembrances and guest speaker Donna Brazile, chairwoman of the Democratic Nation Committee's Voting Rights Institute and author of Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics.

In January, Lee Haney, an eight-time Mr. Olympia champion, shared tips on health, nutrition and body sculpting at It's Gotta Happen, a one-day health-and-fitness extravaganza at Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Northwest Baltimore.

Haney was joined by G. Garvin, a TVONE personality and chef, and local fitness experts, who, among other things, told attendees how to work in a workout in a busy schedule.

Health educators discussed diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions that affect African-Americans more than other populations.

It wasn't all talk, though.

Participants could take a class in Pilates, kickboxing and other exercises.

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