Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - All Day
DETROIT- 100 years in the making, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. kicked off national centennial celebrations by becoming the first African-American women's organization and the first Black Greek-letter organization to sponsor a float in the New Year's Day Rose Parade, in Pasadena, Calif. - and attracting national media attention for the feat.
Metro Detroit's local Centennial events are a full year of service and celebration. "Delta is the largest African-American women's service organization, so it's no wonder that centennial celebrations will take place throughout the year in metro Detroit, to commemorate the social action movement that began January 13, 1913, with 22 college students, on the campus of Washington, D.C.'s historically black Howard University," said Beverly A. Gray, president of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter.
Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service: Preserving Our Past, Celebrating Our Present and Transforming Our Future
Saturday January 26, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr Detroit, MI 48243
More than 1,000 Deltas, including elected officials, educators, business and community leaders, along with their guests, are expected to attend "Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service: Preserving Our Past, Celebrating Our Present and Transforming Our Future." The event will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, beginning at 4 p.m.
The keynote speaker for the dinner is Delta member, Ann Claire Williams, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Williams is a native Detroiter, a graduate of Wayne State University, and was on President Obama's short list for the Supreme Court in 2010. A gala follows at 8 p.m. with entertainment by "neo soul" musical artist Eric Roberson, renowned for his smooth sounds. Tickets are $100 for the tribute program, sit-down dinner, live musical entertainment and more. For ticket information, contact B. Brooks at email@example.com or 313/ 506.0650.
"This centennial Founders Day theme speaks to our organization's rich history, prominent membership and our mission to serve," said Gray.