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In honor of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s century of community service and distinction, the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host several activities in the area.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on Jan. 13, 1913, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., by 22 collegiate women with the vision to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. That vision has been realized and the initial 22 has evolved into a sisterhood of more than 250,000 women in 950 chapters around the world.

The Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter has continuously provided public service and social action to Nash and Edgecombe counties. The local chapter’s community activities and programs are centered on the sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust which focuses on: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and political awareness and involvement.

As a local chapter of this national organization, the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter has carried on the tradition of community service since its inception on April 4, 1947. As the local chapter celebrates the national 100-year milestone, its members recognize that the sorority has not fulfilled its goals alone and wish to share this occasion with the community.

On Friday, the local chapter showcased its contributions to the Twin Counties with a celebration and silent auction at the Booker T. Theatre. On Saturday, the sorority held its annual gala with a theme of “A Centennial Celebration of Crimson & Cream” at the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College. With community service and Christian principles at the core of the organization’s existence, the Rocky Mount Alumnae chapter will continue its centennial celebration by joining forces with Union Hill Baptist Church for a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the church and worshipping together at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Tarboro on Jan. 20.

Under the leadership of national President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre and local President Katrina Joyner, the Rocky Mount Alumnae chapter proudly celebrates the sorority’s past 100 years and eagerly anticipates a future of transforming lives and impacting communities.