Delta Sigma Theta to celebrate Founder’s Day

Donna Summerall
Staff Writer

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., are celebrating Founders Day, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 17, at St. Paul M.B. Church. Paulette McClain – Moore of Memphis, Tennessee, is speaker for the event. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the black community.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.
“It is a day to honor and reflect up on the twenty-two women who founded the sorority” Bettye Swift, a DSTS member, said. “The women of Howard University, who were not only proponents of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, but were interested in equal rights for everyone.”
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. They participated in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1930.
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