Recognizing the 101St Anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporatedby Representative Yvette D. Clarke
Posted on 2014-01-13
CLARKE of New York asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. CLARKE of New York. Mr. Speaker, as a proud member of the
Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated,
it is my deepest honor to extend warm wishes to my sorority on our
101st Founders Day.
Established on January 13, 1913, by 22 young women at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the women of Delta Sigma Theta soon demonstrated their commitment to social justice, public service, and active participation in our civil society.
The women of Delta Sigma Theta worked to support academic excellence at their colleges and universities and to provide assistance to women in need.
In 1950, its first overseas chapter was established in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. The sorority currently has more than 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea.
Many very prominent corporate, public, and community leaders are members of the sorority, including the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Honorable Marcia Fudge, who is a past national president of Delta, and the Honorable Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Columbus, Ohio.
My predecessor in Congress, the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta. Her work as an activist and an elected official provides an example of the capacity of leadership that the sorority has developed in generation after generation of young, college-educated women.
To the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Happy Founders Day.