Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200, 000 college women, the sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s five point thrust of: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, Political Awareness and Involvement.
The Bennettsville-Cheraw Alumnae Chapter was chartered in 1983 by 13 women. Since chartering, the chapter has inducted approximately 40 women into their sisterhood. In keeping with the vision of the sorority’s national theme, A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities, the sorority’s community involvement includes Delta Academy, Delta GEMS, Summit III, Jabberwock Scholarship Cotillion, Delta Dolls Pageant, Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinners, Red and White Ball, Voter Registration, and hostess of the Marian Wright Edelman Library Project.
The speaker for this event was the Rev. Cynthia Vertell Brown, pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Mullins. The Rev. Brown is a charter member of the Bennettsville-Cheraw Chapter and is presently a member of the Dillion-Marion Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She taught in Marlboro County for 12 years and retired in 2002 after teaching for 28 years.
Also making a special appearance was Rose Rock, author and mother of actor-comedian Chris Rock.