Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Hosts 48th National Convention In Philadelphia

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the nation’s largest African-American women’s organization, is hosting its 48th National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27 – August 2, 2006, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Delta members representing chapters in 46 states and several foreign countries will convene at the biennial meeting.

One Mission, One Sisterhood: Empowering Communities Through Committed Service is the theme for the national convention, whose purpose is to address issues relevant to African-American women, their families, and respective communities. Throughout its 93-year history Delta Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a premiere service organization that boldly addresses the challenges facing global communities.

“After 85 years, we are delighted to be returning to the hometown of our beloved first national president, Dr. Sadie T. M. Alexander,” said Dr. Louise A. Rice, Delta’s 23rd national president. “The last time we convened here for a national convention was in 1921. We look forward to being in Philadelphia later this month with more than 12,000 of our members represented.”

Dr. Alexander was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in the United States, the first black woman admitted to the Pennsylvania bar, and the first black woman graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

During the convention, Delta’s national leaders will present updates on major initiatives in the areas of education, economic development, political awareness, health and wellness, social justice, and art and culture. Its healthy lifestyles task force will address the high incidence of obesity among women by urging Delta members and all women of color to achieve healthy weight goals. Delta’s Social Action Commission will focus on race and poverty as they affect African-Americans.

Founded in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service organization composed of college-educated, predominantly African-American women. The Sorority has more than 900 chapters in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea. More than 200,000 women have been initiated into its ranks.

Via PRNewswire

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