Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is celebrating its Founders Day and 101 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service today. Twenty-two young women founded this great organization on the campus of Howard University during a time when women’s suffrage didn’t exist, Jim Crow laws plagued our country and the world was on the brink of World War I. The great leaders who founded this organization understood the need for smart, strong women to commit to public service and civic engagement to address the socioeconomic and political problems that we face, and their legacy continues today through the hundreds of thousands of members all around the world who have committed themselves to service and addressing our world’s most pressing needs.
Public service has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but when I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta, I learned how to do service more strategically, collaboratively and purposefully. This foundation sparked my interest in the art and science of public service and was very instrumental in me pursuing and earning a master in public service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service. I am thankful for this foundation and for what Delta Sigma Theta has helped me become. I’m working hard to do my part in my small corner of the world, and collectively, members of Delta Sigma Theta continue to dedicate their time, talent and treasure to communities and positively impact the world.
Check out a few of the acts of service from Delta Sigma Theta’s 101 years.
1. Less than two months after the sorority’s founding, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta participated in the Women’s Suffrage March on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington DC on March 3, 1913.
- The National Library Project was established in 1937 and began circulating the “traveling library” in sections of the South where library facilities were not available to Blacks.
- In 1992, Delta Sigma Theta was the first national African-American organization to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity International.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has an ongoing organizational alliance with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign.
5. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with Water in Education International opened the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School, The Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in Chérette, Haiti June 15, 2013.