Delta Sigma Theta kicks off centennial celebration

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

The Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is proud to kick off the sorority’s centennial celebration of 100 years of public service.  

The official celebration started Jan. 1  in Los Angeles, where the sorority was presented as the first African American women’s organization and the first black Greek-letter organization to have a floral float in the historic 124-year-old Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. 

The 55-foot-long and 17-foot-high float, themed “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood and Service” featured a sculptured globe highlighted with a spectacular floral tribute that emphasizes Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to humanitarian efforts worldwide.  A rotating hexagon, with six magnificently detailed floral-graphs, takes center stage and highlights Delta’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust program, representing the cornerstone of the sorority’s community outreach efforts. 

The rear of the float was a floral representation of Downing Hall at Howard University where the sorority was founded January 13, 1913.  The float riders included the sorority’s national president, national executive committee and five past national presidents of the sorority.  There were 100 out-walkers, who flanked the sides of the float to represent 100 years of public service, and 22 out-walkers in honor of Delta’s 22 Founders.

The Los Angeles activities will culminate with the lighting of a custom crafted Delta torch, signifying the launch of an international 22-city torch tour.  The tour will include stops in locations such as Tokyo and Bermuda, and will end at the Sorority’s National Convention in Washington, D.C., in July.  

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in communities.  The Sorority uses of its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs.

The Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is under the leadership of Gloria McNeil, chapter president, Arvis Bridges-Epps, vice president and Sonya Harris, second vice president.