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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Founders Day Weekend Rededication Ceremony and Luncheon Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., representing over 900 chapters across seven regions, did not know what to expect as they filed into the 12,000- seat hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. for the unique Rededication Ceremony during Founders Day Weekend Jan. 12. The Rededication Ceremony provided the perfect setting for members to reflect on the commitments they made when they joined the organization and the history behind the Sorority’s founding. The ceremony, followed by the Founders Day Luncheon, provided a day offering members a chance to honor the 22 Founders and Delta Sigma Theta’s progress over the last century. “I want to reconnect with my sisters, hear an inspirational message and enjoy Founders Day because today is really special,” said Dr. Janet Moye Cornick, of the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter. The Rededication Ceremony, written by the 16th National President, Dr. Thelma Daley; 17th National President, Mona Humphries Bailey; and 23rd National President Dr. Louise A. Rice for the sole purpose of the weekend, was a once in a lifetime experience as members were asked to refrain from taking pictures and recording due to the sanctity of the event. Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-Mc- Intyre, National President, acknowledged the ceremony as “a once in a lifetime event” that “portrayed a moving synopsis” of the Sorority’s history and was purposely not printed in the program. The National Executive Committee played an integral part in the ceremony, beginning with Soror Butler- McIntyre who provided the opening remarks and then later the rededication message. Individual portraits of the Founders, created by artist Ted Ellis, flashed across the screens as Dr. Paulette C. Walker, national first vice president, recited their names. Members of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee, as well as Delta’s Alpha Chapter president, Erin Keith, participated in the ceremony. Six of the seven living Past National Presidents who were in attendance shared the history of the Sorority. The regional directors and regional representatives, beginning with the Eastern Region, Delta’s birthplace, also gave brief remarks. At the end of the ceremony, Soror Butler-McIntyre, as the last president of the first century, symbolically opened the door to the next century using a digital animation on the screen that sparked excitement and applause from the sorors in attendance. “The ceremony was really beautiful and touching. I could feel what the Founders went through,” said Tennessee State Coordinator, Sandra Cannon of the Knoxville (TN) Alumnae Chapter. “They had to be so couJOURNAL Summer 2013 s31 BY GLENISE A. CLOUDY Sorors raise their penlights, representing their respective regions, as they recommit themselves during the Rededication Ceremony. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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