Sorority Celebrates 60 Years of Public Service

Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will celebrate its 60th-year anniversary on May 16, 1954. The local chapter was chartered by nine members and two initiates. They included: Hortense Golden Canady, Minnie Keys Rollins, Dolores Watkins Ennis, Odena Covington Wadsworth, Helen Boulware Harris, Mary Lee Walker Young, Catherine Kimbrough, Marie Hackley Wright, Dolores McGee Simmons, Ernestine Brown Holt and Ann Johnson. 

“60 years ago, we saw an opportunity to implement public service programs that would benefit Flint and the surrounding communities,” said Dolores Watkins Ennis, the chapter’s first official president. Ms. Ennis is still very active with the Flint chapter today.

Khalilah Majied, President of Flint Alumnae Chapter also stated, “We have been very instrumental in the Flint community, providing guidance and mentoring to young girls, for instance, with our Delta GEMS and Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy programs.”  She also stated the chapter has collaborated through the years with other organizations in the community such as the Flint Public Library, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Northend Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and League of Women Voters to name a few.

To commemorate the chapter’s chartering, there will be a luncheon on Saturday, May 3 at Flint Institute of Arts. The featured speaker will be the renowned Ms. Lillie McCain who is a well known professor/lecturer at Mott Community College and member of Flint Alumnae Chapter. There will also be a special video presentation. The event’s theme is “Remembering our Past, Celebrating our Future.”

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Service, Leadership, Empowerment.” Since its inception 100 years ago, the public service organization has promoted academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes.

Locally, the Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues the mission started by its founders. Delta Sigma Theta has over 250,000 members worldwide.  The Sorority uses its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs.