Today marks the 102 years since the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It’s a very proud legacy, and a strong one in my family.
Myra Nance Riley, my grandfather’s youngest sister, was the first Delta in the family. She pledged in the 1950s through the Delta Delta chapter at Alabama A&M University.
My aunt, Mary Sue Nance Hawkins, pledged at the same chapter in 1963. You may recall that one of her big sisters went on to integrate the University of Alabama.
Aunt Sue always spoke so highly of Delta and her experiences fascinated me. She served proudly for more than 50 years.
..The Delta girl is one who has been given the opportunity of education and broad development:
she is one who has enjoyed the privileges of culture and selected environment
It is pleasing to a heartfelt depth to see her not as self centered, not desirous of selfish power, not wanting the plaudits of people, not wanting glory,
but with a purpose which directs her activities and all that she may control toward lifting somebody else…
~Soror Mary McLeod Bethune