All of my love….my peace and happiness! 2013 marks a significant year for my illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated founded January 13, 1913. This year marks the centennial anniversary of my beloved sorority, celebrating 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service. This causes for a celebration and a yearlong, worldwide one it has been; commencing with a celebratory convention in the mecca, Washington, DC, as well as at the Rose Bowl parade in February. Saturday April 6 the City of Detroit held events throughout the city honoring the work of Delta Sigma Theta in the local community. Detroit being home to former National President, Lillian Pierce Benbow, members of the organization fully supported the day community activities and celebratory events. Members or “Sorors” commonly called by members of the organization gathered at 6:00 am for torch lighting, symbolizing the sorority’s motto, “Intelligence is the torch of wisdom.”
Detroit is home to one of the largest chapters of the sorority and was one of the 22 cities selected for the “Passing the Torch and Igniting 100 Ways to Service”. The passing of the torch kicked off in Los Angeles, California and will travel to 22 cities significant to the organization before ending in Washington, DC in July during the 51st National Convention, July 2013. Starting at 6:22 am on the Detroit’s Riverfront the Sunrise Ceremony to the “100 Ways to Serve” campaign launch where various non-profits in the Metro Detroit area such as the United Way and Blue Cross Blue Shield gathered to encourage the local community to take a “Pledge to Serve” . Following the torch ceremony, Sorors and members of the community participated in a March, commencing at Martin Luther King High School. To keep the celebrations going the following weekend the 2013 Crimson & Creme Scholarship Ball “Pearls Are Forever” was hosted in Lansing, MI by the Elite Epsilon Epsilon Chapter, of the organization. For more information and to take the pledge visit www.100waystoserve.org.