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File #: 170879    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/12/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/12/2017
Title: Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Signature17087900.pdf
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Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. The organization is committed to "the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black Community." Since its founding, more than 200,000 women have joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and

WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters, operating in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea; and

WHEREAS, In 1927, eleven members of the Gamma Chapter formed the nucleus of the Xi Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Sadie T. M. Alexander, the first National President of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated and the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Economics in the United States, was among the charter members of the chapter. Another trailblazing charter member of the chapter was Anna Johnson Julian, who became the National President in 1929. Anna Johnson Julian was the first African-American woman to earn Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Pennsylvania and be awarded a Ph.D. in Sociology; and

WHEREAS, During the 1940s, chapter members sponsored panel discussions in local junior high schools to raise the awareness of academic excellence and introduced students of African descent at Lincoln University to African Americans in Philadelphia who were interested in promoting educational opportunities for them. Xi Sigma sorors also volunteered at Fort Dix during World War II; and

WHEREAS, At the national level, the Grand Chapter encouraged local chapters to deal head-on with issues relating to political and civil unrest in the country. Xi Sigma Chapter protested against un-American acts and discriminatory practices. The chapter ...

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