(Washington, DC) - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the single largest African-American women’s organization in the country, will celebrate its 100-year anniversary beginning Jan. 1, 2013 and continue throughout the remainder of the year. Several centennial events have been scheduled across the country to commemorate the Sorority’s founding on Jan. 13, 1913. Events include, but are not limited to: participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.; a Delta Torch Tour across 22 cities; Centennial Founders Day Weekend; Reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March; and the 51st National Convention. 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.
Led by National President, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, for the past five years, the organization has operated under the theme, “Delta Sigma Theta – A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities.” Since its inception 100 years ago, the public service organization has promoted academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes.
“The women of Delta Sigma Theta have been and remain a vital contributor to the success of our communities and a defender of rights of all people for 100 years,” said Butler-McIntyre. “We are going to take this year to honor the rich legacy of our 22 Founders, celebrate the inheritance they generously placed in our hands, and humbly take up the torch they lit for us to carry and pass on to the next generation.”
On New Year’s Day, the Olympic-style Delta Torch will be lit in Los Angeles. The torch will stop in 22 cities across the country including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Seattle as well as two of the organization’s international chapters located in Tokyo, Japan and Bermuda. Selected members of the Sorority will carry and pass the Delta Torch as a burning symbol of the passion and commitment that has fueled the organization’s global reach. The journey will culminate at the Sorority’s 51st National Convention in Washington, D.C., July 11 – 17, 2013. The torch will then be handed to the National President, signifying the start of the convention.