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Published on August 5th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Street Renaming Honors Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

The Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered as Beta Beta Sigma Chapter on November 16, 1940.   The Chapter is celebrating seventy-five years of implementing public service initiatives organized around the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.  A major accomplishment for our Chapter occurred in 1996 with the purchase of the Delta Life Development Center (DLDC) at 5307 Fairfield Road, to house our community oriented programs.  One of the events commemorating our 75th anniversary was the official renaming of streets surrounding the DLDC. The Street Renaming Ceremony at the DLDC was held Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

The streets to be renamed are the 5100, 5200 and 5300 blocks of Fairfield Road to Delta Sigma Theta Way and the 100 block of Winmet Drive to Columbia (SC) Alumnae Place.

The Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter was chartered by fifteen college-educated women determined to use their collective talents to serve their community and improve the lives of those living there.  When chartered the Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter was the first African-American Greek letter sorority in Columbia and only the second graduate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in the state of South Carolina.

For seventy-five (75) years, the Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter has served the local community by implementing a wide range of public service initiatives organized around the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness and Involvement. Those public service initiatives have included establishment of a Day Nursery at 700 Blanding St. to meet working mothers’ need for quality, affordable childcare during the World War II era; operation of a thrift shop for low-income residents of the Waverly community during the 1960’s and 70’s; purchase of Delta House on Haskell Avenue in 1979 and Delta Life Development Center at 5307 Fairfield Road in 1996 to house community oriented programs.

For additional information, contact Jessie Byrd at 754-7244 or jessiebyrd@sc.rr.com

 

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