1Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Delta Sigma Theta
2Sorority on January 13, 2013.

3WHEREAS, January 13, 2013, marked the 100th anniversary of
4the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest historically black
5sorority in the nation, founded by 22 women at Howard University
6in 1913; and

7WHEREAS, The sorority was established in 1913 by 22
8collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic
9excellence and provide assistance to persons in need; and

10WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta founders understood the importance
11of creating an organization for the advancement not only of an
12individual, but of a people, by granting scholarships, offering
13support to the underserved, educating and stimulating
14participation in the establishment of positive public policy,
15highlighting social justice and equality issues and providing
16solutions for problems in their communities; and

17WHEREAS, The sorority has expanded into a sisterhood of more

1than 250,000 predominantly black college-educated women and a
2network of more than 900 chapters located across the globe,
3including ten alumnae chapters and ten collegiate chapters
4active within this Commonwealth; and

5WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta has remained a visionary
6institution, enacting change through public service and working
7for the common good, with an emphasis on education, health,
8economic development and political and international
9involvement; therefore be it

10RESOLVED, That the Senate commemorate the 100th anniversary
11of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in order to honor a century of
12dedication to public service and educational achievement in our