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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:13 pm, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. officially turned 100 Jan. 13.

According to a Jan. 12 Detroit News article, Delta Sigma Theta launched its centennial anniversary by becoming the first African-American women's group and black Greek-letter organization to sponsor a float in the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

The sorority is the largest African-American public service organization, with more than 250,000 members in 900 U.S. and international chapters. It was founded Jan. 13, 1913, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. For WSU, the chapter was founded Jan. 24, 1924.

Being a member of Delta Sigma Theta allowed Maanami Puryear, a former Michigan State student, to carry on the DST values after graduation. Puryear felt DST prepared her for the real world. Her participation instilled ideals and also helped her with networking and finding resources. “I know women that are educators, lawyers, and doctors. I will always have an umbrella. Always have friends. It’s a lifetime commitment,” Puryear said.

To former WSU student, Katrenina Hosea-Flanigan, 100 years of sisterhood and service means “an idea (that) is conceived as long as it is cultivated, never loses values.”

“It makes you proud to be a part of an organization. I’m glad I had the opportunity to go to D.C. (for the 100 year anniversary celebration). I’ll never see (the) next 100 years,” Michelle Puryear, an assistant corresponding secretary and active member since 1994, said. “The best part was when they gave us a certificate with our name on it. I’ll be able to pass that down. They also gave us a leather bound journal of sorors which 12,000 people have, and it’s a book with my name in it. ”

The Wayne State chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is having an informational rush meeting on Jan. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at David Adamany Undergraduate Library’s third floor community room. Business attire required. You must be present to receive an application. For questions, contact Alicia Nails at 313-613-8369.

_Jamilah Jackson contributed to this report._

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