Delta Sigma Theta celebrates 100th year

Published on Saturday, 28 December 2013 19:45 - Written by By Danny Mogle

Congratulations to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on 100 years of promoting community service and helping girls develop into fine young women.

The sorority was founded Jan. 13, 1913, by 22 women at Howard University to (as stated on the sorority’s website) “use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need.” A few months later, these determined young women participated in a women’s suffrage March in Washington, D.C.

Today, Delta Sigma Theta is one of the largest African-American women’s organizations in the world. It boasts more than 900 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea and the Virgin Islands.

Activities are centered around a five-point focus: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.

Among famous alumnae are Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic gold medalist; Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm, political trailblazers; Patricia Harris, who served as secretary of Housing and Human Services; and Lena Horne, actress and singer.

The theme of the Centennial Celebration, coming to a close, has been is “A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities.”

The Tyler chapter has about 65 members. Among its ongoing efforts are awarding scholarships and presenting programs promoting health, culture and financial responsibility. A highlight of the year is always its Delta Debutantes presentation.

This year’s Debs are: Jesslan Yvonne Carroll, daughter of Lesa Walker and Willie Walker; Kenslie Alea Dews, daughter of Tracey Dews and Ernest Dews Jr.; Kourtney Guthrie, daughter of Delphnie Kennedy and Troy Guthrie; Christa Eve Lee, daughter of Rodreck and Marcie Lee; Thorndrea Dion Lewis, daughter of Thorndike and Linda Lewis; Vershea Mikel, daughter of Elizabeth Lacey Mikel and Walter V. Mikel; Alysha Denise Randle, daughter of Dennis and Alyce Randle; T’Bria Rogers, daughter of Rodney and C. Rogers; Kerrigan Elizabeth Sanders, daughter of Clyde Sanders and Karen Sanders; and Brianna Sherfield, daughter of Ricky and Kathryn Sherfield.

These young ladies were presented on Saturday. They will be featured in next week’s Discover.