MARTINSBURG, WV- The Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter held it's Founders Day luncheon bringing together sorority sisters from all across the four-state area.
The ladies are commemorating 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service across the world.
In 1913, 22 college women founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Howard University. Since then it has grown to be a global organization of more than 200,000 college-educated women.
"We were founded 22 undergraduate students who were ready to speak out for social justice during their time and we've continued that legacy of speaking out for social justice during our time as well," says Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, the 22nd Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. "They were women who were academically on the top of their game and we continue to promote academic excellence even 100 years later," Boyd adds.
The centennial celebrations began in January with the sorority having a float in the Rose Parade. They were the first African American organization to have a float in the parade. Saturday, Boyd served as the keynote speaker for their luncheon.
"The Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter has been serving the Eastern Panhandle for about six years," says Dr. Angela Oglesby, President of the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. "We have many community service projects. We have mentoring groups. We have our Delta Gems and Delta Academy members who are here with us today. We also have a jazz brunch where we honor our community members in public service," she says.
Boyd refers to 2013 as "the year of Delta Sigma Theta." Next Sunday, thousands of Deltas will be marching in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Women's Suffrage March.