The women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will be hosting their 51st national convention in Washington, DC this weekend as part of a year-long celebration of their 100th anniversary. The sorority will kick off this leg of its Centennial celebration with the lighting of an Olympic-style torch at Howard University on July 11.
Zenitha Price of The Pittsburgh Courier reports:
“…from July 11-17, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas will be awash in hues of crimson and cream as thousands of the sorority’s 250,000 initiated members, who represent over 900 chapters in the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands, join with invited guests and other well-wishers for the centennial festivities.
‘This is not only a momentous occasion for our organization, but a testament to the power of all women determined to change the world for the better and be a voice for the underprivileged and underserved,’ said National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre in a statement. ‘The accomplishments of Delta Sigma Theta over the past 100 years give us many reasons to be thankful and require us to pause to pay tribute to our founders, past leadership, and all those who have helped us along our journey.'”