Dear Sorors:

Welcome home to the birthplace of our beloved sisterhood, which was established 100 years ago here on the campus of Howard University! Our Founders, 22 young collegiate women, walked the same paths that you will walk today. Please use your day on campus to reflect on their values and commitment, and their extraordinary passion for academic excellence and social responsibility. We are truly humbled and inspired by their courage and strength!

Special thanks to Howard University Trustees: Sorors Amy Hilliard, Marian Johnson-Thompson, Charisse R. Lillie, Floretta Dukes McKenzie, Benaree P. Wiley; Chairman A. Barry Rand; and President Sidney A. Ribeau for their warm welcome as we return home to the Capstone for our Centennial Founders Day.

Sorors are invited to structure their pilgrimage to our Sorority’s birthplace by visiting the following locations. Please note scheduled times.

- The Deltas for Howard

View event map here - PDF

SCHEDULE - January 11, 2013:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Welcoming Ceremony
John H. Burr Gymnasium (Doors open 8 a.m.)

Simulcast at Cramton, Blackburn Ballroom, School of Business, Ira Aldridge


Ballroom - “Club Delta”: A place to unwind, eat and connect. Food is available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day including live performances, a step show, line dancing, and much more!

The Forum: Be part of the pictorial history of HU Centennial Founders Day Weekend! Group photos will be taken, according to a soror’s year of induction, at the following times:

10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
1940 - 1949
1950 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990 - 1999
2000 - 2012

Hilltop Lounge “The Delta Market”:
No gathering of Deltas would be complete without shopping! Stained glass window notecards, books, DST paraphernalia, collectibles, and other items are available for purchase.

Gallery Lounge: This art exhibit was specifically commissioned by Deltas for Howard to showcase the multifaceted artistic talents of Delta women.

Reading Room: Deltas Over the Decades Display. Celebrating the rich history of Alpha Chapter through the years, Alpha Chapters Lines have organized displays chronicling Alpha Chapter in pictures and paraphernalia.

Event Information Desk: Front desk of the main lobby. Updates, message center, and information about available accommodations for Delta Dears.

First Aid Station: Room 142

Deltas for Howard Administrative Offices: Rooms 148-150

Volunteer Office: Auditorium


This iconic building has been the religious and cultural home of the Howard University community for more than a century. It is a place where our Sorority’s Founders worshipped on Sundays and listened to great orators of the time. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will soon become a tangible part of the Chapel with the installation of the Commemorative Delta Stained Glass Window, which will be dedicated during the 51st National Convention on July 16, 2013.

Learn more about efforts to restore the Chapel and view a replica of the stained glass window. Presentations begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue hourly throughout the day. Notecards imprinted with the window design are available for purchase at “The Delta Market."


Visualizing Legacy: American and African American Art Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Featured artists include: Soror Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, Henry O. Tanner, and more. Exhibit open 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Delta Documentary Films:

  • An oral history of Delta as told in interviews with National Presidents. (2003)
  • The 90th Anniversary Celebration
  • The Making of Fortitude Plaza and the Commemorative Delta Stained Glass Window.

Films will be shown in each location hourly starting at 10:30 a.m.

Food for purchase is available at Cramton Auditorium on the lower level.


Browsing Room and Founders First Floor: This historical exhibition showcases the women and events, past and present, comprising the legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through documents and paraphernalia. Exhibit open 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Meet Delta’s Executive Board and past National Presidents at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Calling all Bison! Sorors who are HU graduates are invited to reconnect in the Alumni Center to learn more about Howard happenings, Fortitude Plaza, Rankin Chapel restoration, and the HU Bridging the Gap Campaign. The Alpha Chapter Lounge is on the second floor. Overflow will be accommodated in the School of Social Work (the building adjacent to Howard Hall).


“Fortitude” was completed in 1979 in tribute to our Founders and is the traditional gathering place on campus for Deltas. To commemorate the Centennial, an aesthetically pleasing place that incorporates trees and markers honoring the Founders will be established around Fortitude on the lower campus. Fortitude Plaza will be dedicated during the 51st National Convention on July 16, 2013.

2:30 p.m. Sorors will gather at the flagpole on the Yard and walk together to Fortitude on the lower campus.

3 p.m. Soror National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre will give closing remarks and our pilgrimage closes with the Sweetheart Song.

3:45 p.m. Buses begin departing from the front of the Louis K. Downing Engineering Building, 2300 Sixth Street NW.
(The sculpture “Students Aspire” by Soror Elizabeth Catlett is on the building front!) Seating is available in the lobby for Delta Dears.

Please note that Blackburn Center activities will remain open until 5:00 p.m.

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