BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s a national and international sorority more than 300,000 women strong, dedicated to public service, and they’re celebrating their 100th birthday right here in Baltimore.
Ron Matz has more with the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta.
The Deltas are in town celebrating their 100th anniversary.
“Deltas are involved in the community,” said Eleanor Matthews, Delta Sigma Theta member. “Wherever you go you’ll see Deltas working in the community with a wide variety of activities to uplift people.”
The world’s largest African American women’s organization has strong Baltimore ties.
“Deltas represent women from around the world. We represent college educated women. Our whole area is for cultural, educational and service activities,” said Dr. Thelma Daley, former sorority president.
The Deltas are devoted to public service.
“It means a lot to me because I feel we are able to do so much in the community, and we need to work in the community because one group can’t do it alone,” Matthews said.
The Deltas will bring their Olympic style torch here to the Inner Harbor on Friday and they’ll be welcomed by the mayor and the governor.
“We have a torch that’s gone around the world. It’s been to Japan and Bermuda. It’s coming here. We’re bringing it in on six yachts to the Inner Harbor. The governor’s going to be here and the mayor’s going to be here, and we’re going to light this torch here in Baltimore,” Daley said.
There’s also a trip to Morgan State University.
“On Friday afternoon we’ll leave the harbor and go over to Morgan State University. We’ll have hands on STEM activities for all of the students and we have over 300 students registered,” said Monica Watkins, Delta Sigma Theta member.
Future Deltas are here too. These ladies are just getting started.
“We’re having a great affair at the Reginald F Lewis Museum on Saturday evening. This is when we’re really going to honor Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, our 16th national president. We have all kinds of activities that evening,” Matthews said.
The Baltimore centennial celebration is part of the 22 city tour, which will end in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, the Delta torch will arrive in Annapolis.