Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Centennial Celebration and Tourch Tour
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority | 7/3/2013, 7:50 p.m.
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
- Political Awareness and Involvement
Of note in Dallas are:
- 1. The 1965 creation of the TASPers for young high school age women stressing Talent, Ability, Scholarship, and charming Personality had impacted thousand of Dallas area females.
- 2. The Delta Christmas Toy Dance (now called the Delta Christmas Charity Gala), started in 1973 has provided more than 30,000 toys for less privileged children of Dallas;
- 3. In 1984, institutionalized the annual COPES (Career Opportunities Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency) Conference for high school students – now known as Delta Teen Town Hall Meeting held in April of each year.
- 4. As part of its Arts and Letters endeavors, Dallas area Deltas have presented such renown artist as Lewis Armstrong, Ramsey Lewis, Charlayne Hunter-Gualt, as well as Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis, often in conjuction with The Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
- 5. Delta members have registered thousands of new voters in Dallas County, and hosted annual political forums for local, state and federal candidates for elected positions.
As it celebrates 100 years of service to the world, this sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college-educated women, will recommit to its programs and honor the legacy of its founders. Numerous events are planned throughout the country. The following will take place in Dallas.
January 13, 2013 – March 31, 2013
The Delta Legacy Exhibition at the African American Museum highlights nearly 90 years of service by Deltas in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 9:00AM
Be Fired Up! -STEM Activities for Youth— at the University of Texas – Richardson Campus.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:00 PM
The Light That Guides Us Must Shine On – As part of a 22 city Centennial Torch tour that began, January 1, 2013, a custom crafted Centennial Torch arrives in Dallas. The Dallas Torch Lighting Ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel will honor the 22 Founders and feature long tenured Sorors and Charter members of each of the DFW chapters in the ceremony.
The Five-Point Program Displays of the participating DFW chapters will be featured at the Fairmont Hotel, Regency Ballroom Foyer.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 9:00 PM
The Light That Guides Us Must Shine On - Centennial Celebration - Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel.
Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 10:00 AM
To God Be The Glory – Gospel Brunch in the Lone Star Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel. The program will feature Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, presiding bishop of the 10th Episcopal District (Texas) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, as the keynote speaker. The Torch will be extinguished, marking the end of its stay in Dallas.
Centennial celebration events are open to the public. More information may be found at www.doddeducation.org.