Members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a series of events, including a Founders’ Day weekend scheduled for Jan. 11-13 in Washington D.C.
The centennial celebration touched off New Year’s Day when the sorority, which was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University, presented a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., the parade that coincides with the Rose Bowl. Organizers said the Delta float was the first ever by a Black Greek organization to participate in the parade.
The theme of the sorority’s float was “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood & Service.” It featured a golden globe sitting atop flowers and olive branches and a floating hexagon representing the sorority’s “Five-Point Programmatic Thrust,” which was established in 1955 depicting the organization’s outreach goals: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and political awareness and involvement. The sixth side displayed the sorority’s service medallion. The back of the float contained a replica of Downing Hall at Howard, where the sorority was founded.
Twelve members were scheduled to ride on or accompany the float, including Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, the national president, the executive committee and seven past presents. One-hundred flanked the sides representing the 100 years of service and 22 additional members represented the founders, according to the parade’s website.
Also on New Year’s Day, a 22-city tour of the Delta Torch, which symbolizes the “passion and commitment of the organization’s global reach,” began in Los Angeles, according to a statement.
Scheduled stops on the tour include: Seattle, Dallas, Little Rock, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York City and Baltimore. The tour will end in Washington D.C.
The torch tour will culminate at DST’s 51st national convention in Washington, D.C., which is scheduled for July 11-17, when it is passed to national president, signifying the start of the convention.
“We honor our Founders and Past National Presidents as we bring the flame they ignited in us so many decades ago back to their cities and gladly carry the ever-burning torch of sisterhood, scholarship and service into the next 100 years,” Butler-McIntyre said.
She said the stops represent jurisdictions that are “infused into the history of this organization.” The torch will also visit international chapters in Japan and Bermuda. At each location, programs will be held including historical reflections, music and acknowledgements from elected officials and other invited guests.
Delta Sigma Theta has more than 300,000 members in almost 1,000 chapters around the world.
January 1, 2013 - Official Kick Off
Centennial activities kicked off with Delta’s historic participation in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade! Delta is the first African American organization to enter a float in this historic event!
Festivities rocketed into high gear with a glamorous, star studded “Delta Style” Hollywood Gala.
January 11-13, 2013 - Founder’s Day Weekend
Deltas from around the globe will convene in celebration and sisterhood in the birthplace where it all began, Washington, DC! A power packed weekend of exciting activities are planned that will highlight and commemorate the achievements and milestones of the last 100 years and the continuously progressive movement of the Sorority. Many events are geared to include the public to join in celebration as we honor the 22 courageous visionaries, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. *Indicates events that are open to the public.
Thursday, January 10th
Delta in New York City! Sorority members will gather in Times Square for appearances on the TODAY Show and Good morning America. Following will be a Delta Caravan to Washington, DC.
Friday, January 11th
1. Howard University Day*
1. Howard University is the birthplace of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
2. 22 Impact Projects*
1. The Sorority’s will participate in 22 defined projects that will impact and uplift the Sorority’s continued commitment to public service.
3. Centennial Welcome Reception – DC Convention Center
Saturday, January 12th
1. Rededication Luncheon at the DC Convention Center (Ticketed Event)
2. Delta Centennial Honors Gala at the DC Convention Center (Ticketed Event)
1. A Black Tie event will honor and recognize outstanding trailblazers across the professional, cultural and political spectrum for milestones that have impacted the world.
Sunday, January 13th Delta’s 100th Birthday
1. Ecumenical Service at the Verizon Center*
2. Founders Day Dinner at the DC Convention Center (Ticketed Event)