WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital is swarming with women wearing crimson and cream, as one of the country's largest African-American sororities gathers to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood.
More than 12,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. are convening to mark the organization's centennial this weekend with activities including community service, a rededication and an awards ceremony.
"We want people to understand that we are still called to serve," said Gwendolyn Boyd, chair of the sorority's centennial events. "When we gather, we gather not to just socialize, but also to render service in every community."
Members from across the country participated in 22 projects throughout the District of Columbia on Friday in honor of their 22 founders.
Boyd said the sorority was also using the weekend to thank those who have collaborated with them in service. They will hold a rededication luncheon and gala on Saturday that will be emceed by actors Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid.
The gala will honor members, organizations and individuals who represent the sorority's mantra, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Johnetta B. Cole, the director of the National Museum of African Art; comedian Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille; former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; syndicated radio host Tom Joyner; and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. Also being honored: the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women.