If you have engaged in any form of social media today, it’s highly likely that you saw posts about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (DST). DST, a historically African-American sorority of collegiate women called to embody sisterhood, scholarship, and service, was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 visionaries who had a proclivity to serve their community in a way that hadn’t been done before by serving as activists of those in need. The organization’s first public act was its participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in March of 1913, just months after its inception, and was the only historically African-American sorority in attendance. In its 101 years of service, DST has grown into an international powerhouse of over 250,000 women with collegiate and alumnae chapters in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Republic of Korea, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Bermuda.
While I am proud to call myself a woman of Delta, it pales in the awareness of the stupendous greatness by which I am surrounded. Today, for me, served as a reminder of the shoulders on which I stand, the paths that I am able to walk paved by the pioneers who’ve sacrificed for me, and most importantly, the responsibility I have to appropriately represent the legacy. The charge to continue in the betterment of myself so that I can continue to be diligent in serving and fighting for others who face disparities is something that resonates with me always, but especially today.
This day also serves as a reminder to always pursuit my passion, even when surrounded by doubt and opposition. While it wasn’t an easy feat for the 22 founders of this illustrious organization to break away from the status quo, their unyielding efforts as evidenced today, over a century later, personifies that nothing worth having will come to fruition without relentless hard work and devout dedication to a cause much bigger than self.
Happy Founders’ Day to my Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated! Let us forge ahead with the fortitude established by our founders as we continue to work to make the world a little greater!