Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will pay tribute to Delta Sigma Theta (DST) Sorority’s commitment to public service for the past 100 years, by lighting the dome on the Nassau County Executive and Legislative Building during the week of March 18th.
In recognition of DST’s centennial anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Nassau County Chapter of DST, County Executive Mangano said memorabilia and historically significant artifacts will be displayed throughout the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building for public viewing.
“Nassau County is proud to be part of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s historic celebration,” said County Executive Mangano. “The good work that DST has performed throughout the world for the past 100 years extended recently to assisting Hurricane Sandy victims here in Nassau. The Society’s significant contributions to public service deserve our attention and appreciation.”
DST was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence, provide assistance to persons in need and focus attention on the women’s suffrage movement; which made a mark in history for African American women. A century later, the Sorority has 250,000 members world-wide including 150 members representing the Nassau Alumnae Chapter.
The Sorority has made a difference not just nationally, with such acts as assisting Hurricane Katrina victims, but also globally by assisting under-developed countries in Africa. They provide scholarships to high school seniors, sponsor college fairs and tours, mentor youth, provide communities with information regarding physical and mental health, refer families to housing agencies for assistance, conduct voter registration drives, provide support to the arts and a host of other services.
During the month of March, DST will have a mobile exhibition where memorabilia will be displayed for public viewing to see and learn more about the organization. In addition, more than 20,000 members of DST will participate in a 100th Anniversary Celebration in Washington D.C. in July.