A century of service, sisterhood and scholarship

Gigi Tinsley | 12/19/2013, 9 a.m.
The grand chapter, Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was founded Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate ...

The grand chapter, Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was founded Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate students on the campus of Howard University. Many of those same women were among the first Black Women to join the Women’s Suffrage March down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

“One hundred years ago, those women realized that when collective strength is used much can be accomplished,” Maud Newbold, the organizer, first president of the Dade County Alumnae Chapter organized Jan. 10, 1981 and General Centennial Chairperson, said. “we know the value of unity and the strength it can garner.”

The local as did the national Centennial Grand Finale Committees placed great emphasis on “Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service” in honoring community servants, scholarship supporters and special sorors who have impacted the sorority since its inception, Newbold said.

On Sun., Dec. 8th at 5 p.m., The Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its “most impressive” grand finale at the historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church in the City of Miami. Hundreds of local Delta sorors also attended national events. Impacting the entire Centennial Celebration were the Deltas who lighted the globe in a “Torch Relay” traveling to 22 cities throughout the U.S.

“The Processional that included Charter Members, honorees, and Chapter Presidents, beginning with Ms. Newbold and ended with the current President Karen Wiggins, was a history lesson in itself,” said Courtney “Cookie” Hall, an early arrival.

She stated, I didn’t miss any of the program and was very impressed with how mistresses of ceremonies: Beverly E. Nixon, chairperson; Renee S. Jones and Marsh Jackman, co-chairs “were elegant in their attire and smooth and showed much finesse in the way they kept the program moving.”

The prelude renditions were by Michael Smith of St. Agnes’ and Ingraham while The Reverend Father Denrick Ephriam Rolle, the fourth Rector of St. Agnes’ Church and Wiggins gave very warm greetings to all in attendance, after Zandra Rucker and Ingraham gave the invocation.

Total Praise was liturgically performed by the Edwin Holland Dance Ensemble; the occasion and History by Newbold and a lovely selection by the Centennial Choir, directed by Ingraham.

The honorees in “Sisterhood” were: Aletha Butler, Juanita A. lane, Martha C. Day and Pansy Williams; “Scholarship:” Alexis G. harris, John L. Gay, and the Honorable Audrey M. Edmonson; and for “Service:” The Miami Times, the Honorable Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Miami Dade College Medical Campus. The Honorable Wendell M. Graham was inducted into the Centennial Club before the Greek Medley and Candle Light Ceremonies were done.