Philadelphia Alumnae Hosts Three-part Founders Day Celebration
Submitted by Blinda Fleming Stephens, First Vice President
On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter (PAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. virtually celebrated 108 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service, in a three-part observance. The festivities included: Litany of Remembrance honoring Founder Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, a Rededication Ceremony and a program featuring keynote speaker, Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring, illuminating the theme, “We Rise, We Heal, We Overcome.”
Nearly 250 members of PAC, and visiting sorority members, were virtually greeted by Chapter President Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon. Founders Day Committee Chair and PAC First Vice President, Blinda M. Fleming-Stephens followed with “A Tribute to Our Founders.” Attendees witnessed the placing of a floral wreath and basket of violets at the final resting place of Founder Pauline Oberdorfer Minor. Since locating her gravesite in Collingdale, Pa. several years ago, the PAC annually pays homage to Founder Oberdorfer Minor by holding a Litany of Remembrance during its Founders Day observance. The Litany was followed by a musical selection from the PAC’s Quartet.
During the transition from the Litany of Remembrance to the Rededication Ceremony, an inspirational video featuring the Founders and uplifting spiritual selections was played. Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring led the Rededication Ceremony.
Upon conclusion of the Rededication Ceremony, another motivational video featuring the Suffrage March and participation in Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital was shown and a musical selection was performed.
An opening prayer preceded a welcome by the PAC Founders Day Chair and greetings by the Chapter President and Pennsylvania (East) State Coordinator Dr. Monica Johnson Taylor. The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter’s Praise Team performed to a medley of songs that aligned with the theme of the occasion. Pennsylvania (East) State Facilitator Kayla Willis gave remarks about the meaning of Founders Day. City of Philadelphia Poet Laureate and PAC member, Trapeta Mayson, recited an empowering poem.
The highlight of the program was Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring, who gave a soul-stirring speech, taking the audience on a journey, and challenging everyone to continue the work they have been doing to ensure 108 more years of service in Delta. She ended the energetic, thought-provoking and invigorating message with music from The Sound of Philadelphia, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now!” The celebration and ceremonies connected attendees virtually and filled them with hope, love, and renewed determination to continue upholding the Founders’ tradition of activism.
Submitted by Blinda Fleming Stephens, First Vice President On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter (PAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. virtually celebrated 108 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service, in a three-part observance. The festivities included: Litany of Remembrance honoring Founder Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, a Rededication Ceremony and a program featuring …