Cohen Honors Delta Sigma Theta's Centennial Anniversary on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

July 17, 2013
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Today on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) saluted both the Memphis and Shelby County Alumnae chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as the women’s organization celebrates its 100th anniversary this week. Video of the Congressman’s remarks is available here.

“For a century, Delta members have been at the forefront of politics, medicine, law, the arts, the military and faith,” said Congressman Cohen. “They have also played an important part in the civil rights and women’s rights movements. I salute both the Memphis and Shelby County Alumnae chapters, and the thousands of Delta’s who are currently in our nation’s capital to celebrate their first 100 years and I thank them for their service.”

Congressman Cohen’s remarks as prepared for delivery are included below:

Congressman Steve Cohen
Honoring the Centennial Anniversary of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the indelible contributions of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary in Washington, DC this week.

Founded on January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University, Delta Sigma Theta is committed to sisterhood, scholarship, and service.

It’s the largest African-American women’s organization in the country and provides assistance and support to communities throughout the world.

Delta has also played an important part in the civil rights and women’s rights movements and even marched in the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March shortly after its founding.

For a century, Delta members have been at the forefront of politics, medicine, law, the arts, the military and faith. 

Esteemed members of Delta include Civil Rights heroine and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, the late Dorothy Height, and two of my heroines, Congresspeople Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm.

Multi-talented members in the arts include Ruby Dee Davis, Cicely Tyson and Lena Horne.

Delta’s storied history also includes the accomplishments of many women from my hometown, Memphis: education pioneer Mary Church Terrell, Representative Johnnie Turner, Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry, the late Civil Rights Leader Maxine Smith, National Civil Rights Museum Director Beverly Robertson, and Olympic Gold Medalist Rochelle Stevens.

I salute both the Memphis and Shelby County Alumnae chapters, and the thousands of Delta’s who are currently in our nation’s capital to celebrate their first 100 years and I thank them for their service.