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Jul 05

Delta Celebrates 100 years

by Keri Brye

  Friday evening Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held its White Linen Centennial event at the Corrine Jones Resource Center on Sanders Beach.

  The organization hosts its “White Linen Affair” annually.  However, this year Delta celebrated 100 years of sisterhood and service.

According to Fernaundra Ferguson, president of the Pensacola Chapter, the money generated from event will be used for community service projects and education initiatives.

“Delta was founded on Christian principles,” said Ferguson. “We are committed to public service. It is a chance to make a difference in the world.”

Other sisters of the sorority agreed that the hard work of the women of the organization would make an impact on society and they too wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.  Sandra Robinson said she joined the organization to be able to work with young ladies. Robinson has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority for 31 years.         “I wanted to help prepare young ladies for society,” said Robinson. “I’ve worked with young ladies and helped them prepare for their debut to society and get presented during our annual cotillion. I also helped give them experience with community service,” she said.

Viola G. Harrison, has been a member for 50 years and said she wanted to be able to help someone along the way. “If you live your life helping others, you living will not be in vain,” said Harrison.

In observing this spectacular event, the organization embraced the principles of its foundation. The ladies were all dressed in white, blending in with the décor of the room, appeared to signify their unity and lifelong sisterhood bond. Ferguson, grasped her heart as she called event chairperson, Tracy Johnson and co-chairperson, Tammy Booker to the stage.

“They’ve worked very hard to organize this event,” said Ferguson. “I am very proud of them.” she said as she stated their achievements.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was formed in 1913 by 22 women at Howard University. The organization incorporated in 1930, expanded and now represents over 200,000 black college educated women and has over 900 chapters in the United States. Delta strived to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need.

For more information on about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, please visit their website at www.deltasigmatheta.org or www.pensacoladsts.org for the Pensacola Chapter.

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