Baltimore Is Center Stage As Delta Sigma Theta Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Delta Sigma Theta is the world’s largest black women’s organization.

And–as Mike Schuh reports–Baltimore was center stage in the celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The Deltas are happy in Baltimore.

The world’s largest black women’s organization is having a big year. They turn 100 years old.

“One hundred years! One hundred years of women doing community service, working for the community, doing whatever we can to make this world a better place,” said Stephanie Carr.

They are a service and social organization. One without clout to keep the state’s top politicians waiting in the hot sun, waiting for what’s arriving by boat.

At the center of their logo–a torch.

“Well, it’s actually to pass the torch to other people, bringing people forward to continue to grow our organization. It’s like the fire, the light continues to flame,” said Lauren Beard.

So, a real torch arrived to a red carpet welcome. It is traveling to 22 cities on its way to the 100th national convention.

“Today’s stop in Baltimore is one of the last stops before we achieve the final stop in Washington, D.C. to kick off our national convention,” Beard said.

A symbolic pathway that began 100 years ago–now in Baltimore.

From there, the leader of the organization went to Morgan State to present scholarships to students who excel in stem.

On Saturday, that torch heads to Annapolis on its way to the group’s convention in D.C. next week.

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