Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Celebrates Centennial
The Summerville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, along with Deltas across the country will mark the beginning of the centennial celebration of the sorority’s founding by 22 young coeds on the campus of Howard University n January 10.
Delta Sigma Theta is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 300,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 1000 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. During the year, Delta’s national and international chapters will commemorate the ideals and ideas of the Founders and the organization’s mission by conducting service programs throughout their local communities.
The national centennial celebration began on New Year’s Day when the sorority represented in true Delta style in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme of the sorority’s float was “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood & Service”. Delta’s participation marked the first ever presentation by a Black Greek organization in the parade. Following the Tournament of Roses Parade, a 22-city tour of the Delta Torch, which symbolizes the “passion and commitment of the organization’s global reach”, began in Los Angeles. The Torch Tour will conclude when Deltas convene for their 51st National Convention in Washington, DC.
The year of centennial activities on the east coast will begin on January 10th. Deltas from around the globe will converge on Time Square in New York City for appearances on the TODAY Show and Good Morning America. Following will be a Delta Caravan to Washington, DC where members will convene in sisterhood and celebration in the birthplace of Delta. The Centennial Founders Day Celebration, January 10-13, 2013 will highlight and commemorate the achievements and milestones of the last 100 years and the continuously progressive movement of the Sorority. In March, Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital will include a reenactment of Delta’s first public act, participation in the Woman’s Suffrage March of 1913. And in July, record numbers of Deltas are expected to gather for the Sorority’s 51st National Convention. Each of these events will take place in the nation’s capital.
Summerville Alumnae’s local centennial celebration will include worship services on January 13, 2013 at Elem Missionary Baptist Church in Harleyville, SC and Central Missionary Baptist Church in Summerville. Additionally, on January 12th, members of the chapter will assist with a beautification project at Clay Hill Elementary School in Ridgeville, SC. The Summerville Alumnae Chapter was chartered in 1988 under the leadership of Soror Johnny Mazyck, the chapter's first president. Soror Mazyck, now a retired teacher, pledged in 1949 at South Carolina State University's Alpha Xi Chapter. She is celebrating 64 years of service to Delta. Her line name in 1949 was "The Queen" and many still consider her the queen of the Summerville Alumnae Chapter being its most seasoned Delta. Even today she offers valuable experience and knowledge chairing the Ritual and Ceremonies Committee. Soror Mazyck is proud to say that she was never hazed and never hazed. For her, being a Delta was and still is a loving experience.
Soror Doris Porter Warren, a retired English teacher, pledged in 1958 on the campus of Savannah State College in the Delta Nu Chapter. Doris noted that back in 1958, “Delta was the only sorority making an impact on the community in Savannah." Over 55 years later, Soror Warren, also a past president of Summerville Alumnae, continues to serve the chapter in various capacities. She is proud that her sister and daughter all followed her legacy and became Deltas.
When Soror Kinley Allen Jamison, a retired educator, pledged in 1962 at Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Florida it was because of a prominent high school physics teacher and the young ladies in the chapter on the campus. She was impressed by their commitment to serving others and today 51 years later Soror Jamison, also a past president, continues to serve the sorority and local community.
Soror Zeddie Delee Boyd became a member in the Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State University in 1962. She was attracted to Delta because the young women displayed high academic standards and high morals. As a retired educator and active member of the local chapter, Soror Boyd continues to live this legacy in her own life.
Today The Summerville Alumnae Chapter is still going strong with 138 members who passionately serve Delta Sigma Theta and the citizens of Dorchester County. Summerville Alumnae's goal is to continue to be a bright beacon in the community. Members of The Summerville Alumnae Chapter look forward with pride to the local celebration of their 25th Chartering Anniversary during April of 2013.
Delta Sigma Theta National Website: www.deltasigmatheta.org
Summerville Alumnae Local Website: www.summervilldst.org