FLINT — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the single largest African- American women’s organization in the country, celebrated its 100-year anniversary on Jan. 13 and will continue observances throughout the rest of the year.
Delta Sigma Theta has over 250,000 members worldwide, including 100 members in the Flint Alumnae Chapter which also will recognize the founding of the Sorority with special celebrations and public service events throughout the year. All events will be free, open to the public and announced as they occur.
The Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,, was chartered on May 16, 1954. Nationally, several centennial events have been scheduled across the country to commemorate the Sorority’s founding on Jan. 13, 1913. Events included participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.; a Delta Torch Tour across 22 cities; Centennial Founders Day Weekend, in recognition of the 22 founders who organized the sorority on the campus of Howard University; Reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March; and the 51st National Convention, which will be held in Washington, D.C., July 11-17.
The festivities will allow more than 250,000 initiated members, representing over 900 chapters in the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to observe the Sorority’s Centennial year
Since its founding 100 years ago, the public service organization has promoted academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes.
The Sorority’s Five-Point Program emphasizes economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs. Get more information about the local chapter at www.flintdeltas.com — by Rhonda S. Sanders