rie Meek (D-Fla.), Barbara Rose Collins (D-Mich.), and former Senator Carol Mosley Braun (D-Ill.) were also recognized. Congresswomen Shirley Chisolm (D-N.Y.), Barbara Jordan (D-Texas), and Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) were honored in memoriam. 100 Years of Suffrage Sunday, March 3 marked the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. and the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s world changing participation in the historical movement. Delegates gathered on the Capitol steps for the highly anticipated Suffrage March Reenactment to “retrace the footsteps of their Founders.” Participants followed the symbolic 3.1-mile route down Pennsylvania Avenue, passing the White House, and assembled on the grounds of the Washington Monument for closing remarks. A crowd of over 15,000 people consisting of members, invited organizations, guests, and supporters joined Delta Sigma Theta as they celebrated the first official public act of the Sorority. Frankie Muse Freeman, 14th National President, presided as the Parade Marshall. Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, addressed the already “fired up and ready to go” crowd before the start of the march. “Today is the day that Delta Sigma Theta made its debut to the world and let the world know that the women of Delta Sigma Theta were dedicated to public service and social advocacy,” said Soror Butler-McIntyre. Many distinguished guests addressed s16 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. the group including D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who recounted her struggles and eventual success as a single mother attempting to move up the ranks of the maledominated D.C. police department. She commended the Sorority’s legacy of community service and social activism. “Your work is not done. There are a lot of other women like me who just need someone to lift them up and show them the way. Reach your hand out for someone to help someone else,” urged Lanier. Other distinguished guests included Page Arrington, executive director of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, national headquarters of the National Women’s Party; and Joan Bradley Wages, president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum. “We are so very proud to walk beside you as we honor your 22 Founders and your dedication to 100 years of service. It is only through the continuation of this history, the sharing of stories with new generations that we can begin to understand these women as the unrelenting, dedicated but also complicated and flawed women they were,” said Arrington. “We need to understand the women that they were so we can become the women that we are.” According to Wages, there are 17,000 museums in the country and 56,000 museums in the world, none of which are dedicated to honoring the depth of women’s history. She requested that Delta Sigma Theta join the NWHM in petitioning Congress to pass legislation allowing for a building site on or near the National Mall dedicated solely to women’s history. The march concluded at the Washington Monument where other organizations had the opportunity to address the membership. Speakers included: Aisha Brayboy, chair of Legislative Black Caucus in Maryland and representing Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; Donna Jordan, Washington D.C. state director for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Katherine Ray, president of the League of Women Voters; and Bonnie Grabenhofer, president of the National Organization for Women. During the closing rally at the Washington Monument, 21st National President Marcia Fudge gave a final charge for Delta Sigma Theta. “Go up and let people know why we marched today and why it is important to celebrate 100 years. We are not just a Sorority, we are an institution. One hundred years makes us something special.” Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre (LEFT) salutes past and present Delta members in the U.S. Congress. PICTURED ON DAIS (LEFT TO RIGHT) Rep. Marcia Fudge, 21st National President, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Soror Patricia Lattimore and Soror Alison Harmon.
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