LOS ANGELES, February 28, 2013 – Black History month comes to a close today, and it has been a month to remember.
Rosa Parks limited edition postal stamp was released on February 4, and fifty years after Rosa Parks ignited the civil rights movement, refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama, she is the first black woman to be memorialized with a life-size statue in the Capitol.
February was quite something, however the Celebration began on January 1, when, during the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade history was made as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority became the first Afro-American female organization to be in The New Years Rose Parade.
Sorority alumni Delta watched with excitement to see their float in the 2013 Centennial Celebration. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is the world’s largest African-American Greek-lettered sorority in the world and their Inaugural Rose Parade float celebrates 100 years of commitment to excellence and international sisterhood.
The Sorority started 2013 by saluting heroic American heritage. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has 300,000 national and international sorority members around the world with over 1000 chapters in the United States as well as, England, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea.
The float featured a sculptured globe, a spectacular floral tribute that emphasizes Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to humanitarian efforts worldwide. Sculpture columns and floral urns flank the float. Gardens utilizing thousands of roses complete this magnificent floral entry.
A rotating hexagon, with six magnificently detailed floral-graphs, takes center stage and highlights Delta’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust program, established in 1955, representing the cornerstone of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s outreach program.
Five of the floral graphs individually representing the Five Point Programmatic Thrust: (1) Economic Development, (2) Educational Development, (3) International Awareness and Involvement, (4) Physical and Mental Health, and (5) Political Awareness and Involvement.
The sixth floral-graph is a replica of Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s Service Medallion. The rear of the float is a floral representation of Downing Hall at Howard University where 22 collegiate women founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1913.
The sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have a long history of working toward equality for woman. The first public act performed by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority founders was their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. in March 1913, just two months after Delta Sigma Theta was founded.
One hundred Delta sisters march in the Parade, to signify the 100-year Centennial Celebration. One of the women featured on the float was Dr. Bertha M. Roddey, the 20th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Roddey created the partnership for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with Habitat for Humanity, building 22 homes between 1992 and 1994.
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