Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is celebrating 100 years of ‘Excellence through Scholarship, Sisterhood and Services.’ The private, non-profit organization is purposed to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities and throughout the world.
‘Nobody celebrates like the Deltas!’ These women of purpose honored the birth of their founding January 13, 2013, by painting the ‘country crimson and crème!’ They traveled to Pasadena, California to be the first Greek letter organization to appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade, to Los Angeles, California to host a Hollywood Gala, to New York, New York where they took over Time Square by appearing on the major morning shows and to Washington D.C. twice to commemorate, celebrate and reverence the vision of their illustrious 22 founders who believed that their mission was to impact the world and change communities.
This yearlong observance has stretched across the globe and has had political as well as educational significance. There was a meeting of the executive members and past presidents of Delta Sigma Theta with President Barack Obama to share views and an elementary school opening in Cherette, Haiti in honor of Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre. This Centennial Celebration has truly been a ‘party with a purpose!’
Let us dare not forget the local efforts that have taken place right here in Music City, U.S.A.
The Minerva Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) in conjunction with Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. proudly presented ‘Jabberwock 2013: A Sensational Centennial Celebration.’ I.T. Creswell Arts Magnet School auditorium was the site of the extravaganza.
Jabberwock was adopted from the immortal classic Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll created a delightful character known as ‘Jabberwock’ who summoned all of the creatures of the kingdom to perform at a gala event. The word ‘Jabberwock’ has been copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta. The Jabberwock experience spans over a six-month period and allows girls between the ages of six to 18 to be exposed to cultural, educational and social programs that promote intellectual development. The culminating affair granted amazing young women the opportunity to showcase their talents in a pageant competition and possibly be crowned Miss Jabberwock 2013. The ‘Ladies in Red’ will utilize the proceeds from the Jabberwock experience to fund scholarships for deserving high school students in the Metropolitan area and other worthy endeavors of the organization.
‘Jabberwock 2013: A Sensational Centennial Celebration’ was an electric evening with the sights and sounds! From the dramatic opening to the nail biting finale, all eyes were on the 14 contestants vying to become winners of the coveted crown. The night opened with an energetic performance featuring all the Jabberwock contestants with special appearances, for the first time, from the Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S. mentorship programs. An army of girls were introduced in the opening number to the sounds of Beyonce’s ‘Girls Run the World’ by Soror Teneka Price Matthews after a recitation of Marianne Williamson’s poem ‘Our Deepest Fear’ by Delta Academy participant, Destiny Bryant.