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Local women celebrate 100 years of service with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

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This year, hundreds of local women will celebrate 100 years of service and sisterhood through their sorority.  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has mentored girls across the CSRA. Tonight, WJBF News Channel Six's Dee Griffin has more on the sorority and their celebration.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated started with a small group of women on a college campus in Washington, DC.  Their big commitment to sisterhood, scholarship and community service has been shared here in Augusta by members who spend countless hours volunteering and striving to improve the lives of those around them and beyond.

In 1913, twenty two young women lit a torch of wisdom. The flame would be ignited all over the world sparking a fire of service and dedication.  Dr. Louise Rice says, "I saw the Delta girls and I watched them and I saw in them an extension of myself. I made up my mind then that I was going to be a Delta girl not for what Delta could do for me but what I could do for Delta." That was 52 years ago, since then, Dr. Louise Rice has led her beloved sorority locally and internationally becoming its 23rd President. Currently the organization is comprised of 275-thousand college and professional women.

Dr. Rice says, "we have a five point program which is economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, political awareness and involvement and physical and mental health."

The organization's long arm of service has been felt in the Augusta community for decades. Through their mentoring program called "Delta Academy" sisters of the sorority have reached back to help local girls move forward in life. "It's designed for young girls ages ten through fourteen and the program seeks to help them develop themselves intellectually, socially and to expose them to cultural activities," explains Dr. Rice.

As the sorority prepares to celebrate it's centennial this year, members are reflecting on their past and fanning their flames of wisdom and service to all.

The Delta Sigma Theta centennial celebration will make a stop in Augusta this weekend. The international torch tour will stop in the Garden City on Saturday, May 4th. A parade will start at 10 that morning behind C-T Walker school on the Laney Walker Boulevard side.  A torch ceremony will follow the parade in the Laney stadium.

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