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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Howard Welcomes Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to the Hilltop for Founder’s Day
Pilgrimage to Sorority Birthplace Marks the Beginning to Centennial Anniversary Celebration

WASHINGTON (January 9, 2013) – The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will make the pilgrimage to Howard University as part of the centennial Founders Weekend Celebration in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 11. The Homecoming Day will begin with a Welcoming Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Burr Gym. The daylong celebration will feature special presentations, exhibits, historic displays and much more in honor of the Sorority’s 100th anniversary and its legacy of distinction, sisterhood and service. More than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend.

“The Howard University family commends and salutes Delta Sigma Theta as you return to the place of your birth,” said Howard University President Sidney Ribeau. “It is our hope that you will find inspiration from your time at the Capstone, as your founders did a century ago, to forge a brilliant future with renewed vigor, visionary leadership, and commitment to meet the challenges of the next century.”

“Since its founding on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two Howard students, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has become inextricably linked to the legacy of Howard University,” said Ribeau.

Across Howard’s campus stand several historic sites of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, including the 1979 iconic sculpture “Fortitude” which stands in honor of the Sorority’s Founders. Ten years ago, at the same location, the Sorority endowed a $1 million scholarship fund in honor of the Founders and past national presidents in commemoration of its 90th anniversary.

This year, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will be permanently enshrined in the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel with the installation of a stained glass window. The official installation and dedication will take place during the 51st National Convention in July.

The Chapel has been the religious and cultural home of the Howard University community for more than a century and it is a place where the Sorority’s Founders worshipped on Sundays and listened to great orators of the time. Founder’s Day will also mark the launch of fund raising efforts to restore the Chapel. Video presentations on the restoration efforts will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue hourly throughout the day. Visitors will also be able to view a replica of the stained glass window and meet the artist.

Visit here for the complete event schedule and map.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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