ATLANTA, GA–The 111th Founders’ Day of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be celebrated at Georgia’s Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 13, The Founders’ Day commemorates the 22 young women who founded the sisterhood, promoted academic excellence and provided assistance to those in need.
State Representatives Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain), Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale), Sheila Jones (D-Atlanta), Edna Jackson (D-Savannah) and Terry Cummings (D-Mableton) are hosting the event. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on Jan. 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. The students founded the organization with the goal of promoting public service on the university’s campus. One of the newly-found sorority’s first public acts was to participate in the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession. These African American women refused efforts to place them at the end of the processional behind the other suffrage marchers.
“We applaud the remarkable Delta women dedicated to serving the people and making a positive impact by helping their local communities,” said State Rep. Vioila Davis. “Deltas embody strength, passion and visionary leadership. It is truly an honor to recognize their unwavering commitment and dedication to serving others.
“This year, I will celebrate my 50th year as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,” said Rep. Rhonda Burnough. “I love being a member of this sisterhood where we support our community in the areas of education and social action, to name a few.”
“Please join us in celebrating 111 years of sisterhood, scholarship, service and social action,” said Rep. Jones. “I am proud to be a Delta sister and proud of our sorority’s legacy.”
Additionally, these legislators plan to host an event to celebrate “Delta Day” on Monday, Jan. 29 at the Georgia State Capitol. Details regarding this event will be forthcoming.
Pictured L-R:Reps. Edna Jackson, Viola Davis, Rhonda Burnough, Sheila Jones and Terry Cummings.Photo provided.