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NYC Deltas celebrate centennial Founders' Day

CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff | 5/23/2013, 4:12 p.m.
NYC Deltas celebrate centennial Founders' Day

Local members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority gathered in Midtown for a luncheon to commemorate Founders' Day and the 100th anniversary of the national organization. The luncheon, held on Saturday at the Hilton New York Hotel, brought out over 750 members of the sorority proudly wearing crimson and cream.

The 22 chapters of Delta Sigma Theta in the New York area came together for the luncheon. The North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter hosted. The keynote speaker for the private event was former National President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. There were also several honorary members who attended the event. The theme for this year's celebration was "Dynamic, Significant, Timeless: DST, a Century Defined."

"Today is just a celebration of 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service," said Randi Gray, president of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter. "We are also honoring those who came before us."

In June, local members of the sorority are participating in the Centennial Torch celebration. The torch is traveling to 22 cities, where all local chapters will come together when the torch comes to New York. During the celebration, the torch will make stops at historic places in New York City, including the Schomburg Center.

Delta Sigma Theta members from New York are planning to go to Washington, D.C., in July for their national convention. Mary Redd, who started the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter in 1980, said she is elated at what has become of the chapter that she helped start and how the overall mission of the sorority is being carried out.

"I know how the founders felt when they saw what they had done and how things were moving," she said. "I feel the same way. We all stand on each other's shoulders. It's wonderful to see that the legacy is being carried on, and it's being carried on with very talented women who know and understand what we are all about--and that's public service."