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Tour marks a century of service for sorority
Charlotte stop for Delta Sigma Theta centennial
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:02 pm
by Herbert L. White

Delta Sigma Theta is pulling out all the stops for the sorority’s centennial.

Delta Sigma Theta national Treasurer Terri Rivalte Prunty of Charlotte holds aloft the sorority’s torch as part of a 22-city tour that reaches Charlotte on June 22. Charlotte is the 20th stop on the tour, which will include an honorees’ breakfast, parade and gala at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. The sorority was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University.

Charlotte is hosting a series of events for Delta’s Centennial Torch Tour on June 22 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sorority’s founding at Howard University. The celebration started on Jan. 1 at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and made its way across the U.S., Bermuda and Japan.

The Charlotte stop is the 20th of 22 and the tour ends July 11 in Washington, D.C., with the sorority’s 51st national convention.
“This is an exciting time to be a Delta,” Charlotte Alumnae Chapter President Desiree Rew said. “The chapter’s 100th birthday is important because it’s a reminder of the great public service Deltas do in the community and worldwide.”

The Charlotte Alumnae Chapter is sponsoring this week’s tour events, which include a breakfast salute to former national president Bertha Maxwell and current national Treasurer Terri Rivalte Prunty at Johnson C. Smith University, a parade at Ninth and Tryon streets at 12 p.m., and torch-lighting outside the Wells Fargo Atrium at 2 p.m. The evening gets underway with a celebration gala at the Harvey B. Gantt center, 551 S. Tryon St. at 7 p.m.

“We’ll just celebrate with the community,” said Charlotte Centennial Chair Pamela Hart Hemphill, who joined the sorority in 1976. “Lots of fun. We’ll dance, the whole nine yards.”

Delta Sigma Theta was founded on Jan. 13, 1913 at historically black Howard University in Washington and has grown from 22 members to more than 200,000. The Charlotte Alumnae Chapter was founded in 1942 and its nonprofit Deltas of Charlotte Foundation was incorporated in 1991. The local chapter is perhaps best known for community outreach through college scholarships, annual Debutante Cotillion and health and wellness expo. From its founding, Deltas have participated in advocacy that shaped American society.

“One of our first acts was being part of the women’s suffrage (movement),” Hemphill said. “With us being at that time an all-black sorority, it was not easy to get involved with anything other than things you were initiating but they were strong women …that took a stand and believed in women’s rights.”

Delta Sigma Theta sorority Centennial Torch Tour events
• 8 a.m.: Centennial Honoree Breakfast saluting national Treasurer Terri Prunty and 20th national president Bertha Roddey at Grimes Lounge, Johnson C. Smith University. Admission is $45.

• 12 p.m.: Centennial Torch Parade, Ninth and Tryon streets.

2 p.m.: Lighting of the Centennial  Torch, Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 South Tryon St.

7 p.m.: Centennial gala, Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 South Tryon St. Admission: $50.


Congratulations Ladies. This is worth Celebrating. Continue the Legacy of providing service to our communities.
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Is it too late to buy tickets for the gala on Saturday?
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