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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands in Congress where she sits on the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and is a very vocal voice on the Oversight and Reform Committee is pleased to announce that she has been initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated at the St. Croix Alumnae Chapter. The Congresswoman released the following statement:

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.  Founded in 1913 by 22 collegiate women on the campus of Howard University who wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act by participating in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1930.  106 years later the organization continues in the footsteps of the founders and remains in the forefront of action as a voice for those in need.

“I am honored and blessed to become a member of the glorious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. As a public servant and long-time community advocate, I’m excited to become a part of an organization that has such an amazing history of public service, advocacy and WORK for all people, with an emphasis on the black community.   Delta Sigma Theta has over a century of work in scholarship and service around the world and I’m anxious to get to work with my new sisters.  With members of the sorority such as Dorothy Irene Height, Ruby Dee, Carol Mosely-Braun and my sheroes Cicely Tyson and Shirley Chisolm – the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have a true history of service. 

“The process of initiation was not easy (particularly for a Member of Congress) and I have my family, staff and friends to thank for supporting me as I went through the process.  I’ve made lifetime bonds with the other amazing women on my line as well as the dynamic women of the St. Croix Alumnae Chapter of the sorority.  The President of our Chapter, Sandra Setorie is one of the most gracious gentlewomen I have now the pleasure to call sister and I’m grateful to the women who led me through my initiation especially Sana Joseph Smith, who led the process.  I must say, I was elated and surprised by 5 of the 6, colleagues who serve with me in Congress and are members of the sorority, and who made the trip to the Virgin Islands to be present for the occasion: Congresswomen Yvette Clark, Joyce Beatty, Val Demings, Marcia L. Fudge, and Brenda Lawrence. These sisters work daily to share our national president, Beverly E. Smith’s theme of #PowerinOurVoice and #JoyinOurSisterhood #ServiceinOurHearts.”

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