To the amazement of many Washingtonians going about their everyday activities, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Centennial Celebration is in full swing. Nearly 14,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. have convened in downtown Washington, D.C. for their Founders Day weekend activities that included a visit from the Honorable Vincent C. Gray, mayor of Washington, D.C., at the Welcome Event.

The dedicated members of the public service organization took a caravan to Manhattan, N.Y. to appear on both the “Today” show and “Good Morning America.” “Wonderful, outstanding, once in a lifetime – 100 years what can I say,” offers Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, the sorority’s national president.

On Friday, Jan. 11, thousands of members visited Howard University, where the the first chapter, Alpha Chapter, was established by 22 founders.  The day “of impact” included public service projects including feeding the homeless, singing traditional songs in the courtyard near the Fortitude sculpture, art exhibits, vendors, food and more.

The sorority’s executive board and administration at Howard University agree that the two institutions are “Inextricably intertwined.”

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Tree dedicated to the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Howard University. Each brick around the tree lists the names of the founders.

Tree dedicated to the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Howard University. Each brick around the tree lists the names of the founders.

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Sorors and cousins run into each other at Howard University

Sorors and cousins run into each other at Howard University

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Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrate more than 60 years of sisterhood and service.

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrate more than 60 years of sisterhood and service.

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Grace White Ware, daughter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. co-founder Madree Penn White

Grace White Ware, daughter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. founder Madree Penn White

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Members of Epsilon Delta Chapter (Temple University) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Members of Epsilon Delta Chapter (Temple University) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority gather around Fortitude for Delta chant and photos

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Lady Fortitude symbolizes the attributes of strength, courage, hope, wisdom, beauty and femininity as depicted by the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Lady Fortitude symbolizes the attributes of strength, courage, hope, wisdom, beauty and femininity as depicted by the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. pose for a photo opportunity at the founders photo banner.

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. pose for a photo opportunity at the founders photo banner.

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Members Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from the Southern Region, specifically Alabama.

Members Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from the Southern Region, specifically Alabama.

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