51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e and tenacity by doing something that and place, on the actual day of our Founders portrait coming to life dur-ing had never been done before. After all, founding 100 years later where the the fashion show was like a time we are Deltas, and that’s what Deltas 22 started it all was a feeling that will capsule experience that sent chills do.” stay forever in our hearts and on our up and down my spine.” Beginning on January 1, 2013, minds. One of my fondest memories Delta Days in the Nation’s the Sorority began the celebration is the turnaround trip to New York for Capital and The Suffrage March of 100 years of service with unprec-edented Media Day. I could have sworn some-one Reenactment – “Two months after feats – being the first Soror-ity told me the ride was only two the founding of our organization, to appear in the Tournament of hours. Nonetheless, I enjoyed mak-ing our Founders realized that there was Roses Parade; conducting a 22-city that symbolic pilgrimage with my work to be done. By walking in the Torch Tour which ended in Washing-ton, sorors on such a historic and signifi-cant Suffrage March of 1913, they let it be D.C., and welcoming more than weekend. known that this organization would 40,000 members to the 51st National Once back in D.C. from NYC, after not stand idle on the sidelines and Convention. Soror Butler-McIntyre appearing on The Morning Show and tolerate the injustices to women and shared her reflections of these once the Today Show, we began Founders African-Americans. Their silent ges-ture in a lifetime moments. Day Celebrations as the Sorority start-ed of simply walking down Penn-sylvania – on the campus of Howard Uni-versity. Avenue sent a booming mes-sage Soror Butler-McIntyre on… We launched our 22 IMPACT that change was coming. To be New Year’s Day 2013 – “Delta Day projects, feeding and clothing able to ‘retrace the footsteps of our Sigma Theta once again blazed trails the homeless; providing services to Founders’ on that day with some of and make history by becoming the our elderly; and mentoring our youth the organizations who were there FIRST Black Greek Letter Organiza-tion around the campus and throughout during the 1913 Suffrage March sent and FIRST African-American or-ganization the DC area. And the scene on How-ard’s a message of continued unity for the to have a float in the his-toric campus as thousands upon causes that bind us.” Tournament of Roses Parade! thousands of Deltas as far as the eye Torch Tours – “The privilege to We were a part of this historic event could see gathered around Fortitude have been present during at least on a worldwide broadcast highlight-ing to commemorate the day. I remem-ber half of the designated sites was truly the work of 22 visionary college my heart beating to the rhythm a blessed honor. Not only was it spe-cial women whose impact has forged as we sang The Sweetheart Song in to visit the cities of executive a force to be reckoned with for 100 that very place. committee members, past national years. From every wave we received We then headed to the National presidents, but to also be able to as we passed sorors and other pa-rade- Headquarters to ceremoniously cut share with mayors and other elected goers by, I knew it was worth the ribbon and open the doors to the officials in these cities and towns everything that we put into the plan-ning. updates made in “Our House.” Then gave a regional, state and local spot-light To sit at the head of that float after the work was done for the day, to the communities we serve as and ride with the executive commit-tee, and using whatever energies we had they lovingly loaned us their city. We past national presidents with left, it was time to play for just a little carry the flame that the Founders lit members of the executive board and while during our “True Colors” wel-come 100 years ago, and as we pass it from sorors remembering the 100 years of events. city to city, we also pass the burning our existence and representing the The following day, we had a flame of sisterhood, scholarship and 22 women who started this organiza-tion, wonderful Rededication Ceremony service that burns in each of us to the memory of it all will forever – one which none of us will ever see the next generation of sorors.” be carved in the historical signifi-cance the likes of again. Then during the 51st National Convention – I of this celebration.” Rededication Luncheon, we were would have never thought I could Centennial Founders Day transported back in time and had a experience the full gamut of emo-tions Weekend – “There are so many front seat to the first meeting of Delta in one week. From the excite-ment memorable moments from Founders Sigma Theta and treated to a fash-ion I felt seeing 40,000 of my sorors Weekend. Where do I start? To be in show representing various eras fill D.C.’s streets, the anticipation of Washington, D.C., in the same space of style and fashion of the time. The being called to the White House to s60 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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