CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Founders Day Weekend rageous to step out on faith,” said Cannon. Gwendolyn Morris of the Griffin Area (GA) Alumnae Chapter also commented on the beauty of the occasion. She especially liked the Past National Presidents’ creative synopsis of the history of the Sorority. “I am proud to be a Delta. Delta is a part of change and we have made a difference,” said Soror Morris. After the Rededication Ceremony, members headed to the dining hall for the Founders Day Luncheon. Members were asked to wear black hats and gloves in memory of 10th National President Dr. Dorothy Irene Height. Honorary member Soror Suzzanne Douglas Cobb and Soror Lesli Foster from D.C.’s WUSA-TV9 served as mistresses of ceremonies. Delta’s national chaplain, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, offered the invocation. During greetings from the past national presidents, they each reflected on the organization in their own way using familiar idioms from their administrations. For instance, the 22nd National President and Centennial Celebration chair, Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, sang a hymn as she often did during her term in office before speaking. A theatrical presentation followed entitled “An Idea Conceived” where sorors from various chapters made the Founders’ official portrait come alive. The actresses portrayed the 22 Founders and enacted the first meeting of the Sorority. In the dramatization, the audience was transported to a meeting where the Founders discussed their participation in their first act as a Sorority – the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913. “I am in awe and have been rendered speechless and the best part is that I can share it with my daughter, Jenny Gutierrez,” said Soror Marie During the Founders Day Luncheon, sorors portray the 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in a theatrical production titled, “An Idea Conceived.” PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES Rodgers of North Arundel (MD) Alumnae. “Seeing the real life of the Sorority portrayed was the most profound thing,” said Azzie Conley, a member of Durham (N.C.) Alumnae. Other highlights included two artists and twin sisters, Sorors Rachel and Rebecca Crouch, painting a portrait of Dr. Height during intermission and dining portion of the luncheon. The finished painting was later auctioned to the highest bidder. Following the lunch, members were entertained with another special presentation, “Delta Fashions Thru the Decades.” During the fashion show, sorors viewed a video slide show before each announced decade that featured fashions representative of that era; after which local area designers showcased their Haute Couture fashions designed for day or evening in the same era. The fashion show ended with kid models, representing the future of Delta, modeling modern children’s fashion. Between each segment, the mistresses of ceremony, along with D.C.’s Fox 5 News personalities Soror Allison Seymour and Wisdom Martin, interviewed each designer about the inspiration for their specific designs. The Founders Day 500-voice choir then provided moving selections. The day culminated with the Founders Day message from the National President. In her speech, she summed up the afternoon saying, “We fellowshipped, witnessed and watched in awe as the Founders came to life.” The events of the day and historical presentations displayed how the dream of the Founders came to fruition. Members left the rededication and luncheon inspired to carry on Delta Sigma Theta’s traditions and dedication to sisterhood, scholarship and service into the next 100 years. s s32 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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