70th Anniversary Celebration
This year Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (DST) is celebrating 70 years of impacting the community through committed and dedicated service. The illustrious history of Queens Alumnae chartered on June 4, 1951 began with the vision of 11 distinguished women including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founder Ethel Cuff Black.
This celebration will be a year-long collaboration of activities recognizing Queens Alumnae’s influence on the community. Seventy glorious years later a virtual 70s themed extravaganza is planned for June 4 to mark this momentous occasion as we Remember the Past, Reflect on the Present and Focus on the Future.
“70 Years Of Queens Making A Difference”
The 70th Anniversary Celebration began with the unveiling of “On Their Shoulders” a commemorative limited-edition giclee canvas print by world renowned artist Leroy Campbell. This beautiful piece highlights African American women who not only bask in the art of literacy, but captures the wisdom of learning about women whose shoulders we humbly stand upon fused throughout this brilliant work. Mr Campbell states Deltas are “women whose commitment to the salvation of African American communities and its people is uncompromising.” Joanne Nabors, 70th Anniversary Committee Chair collaborated and developed this ground-breaking project with Mr. Campbell.
The name “On Their Shoulders” was selected by Mr. Campbell from more than 172 submissions after the chapter had an internal naming contest for the piece. Chapter President Charelle Hassell-Gilbert and Member Vikkie L. Wilkinson submitted the same winning name. A few of these amazing prints are available by calling 404-441-8281 and use code QUAC70 for a special 50% discount.
In addition, chapter committees are collaborating on several projects.
Heritage & Archives will conduct ongoing research on the chapter’s 70 year history and select pertinent archives to share on social media platforms, chapter website and newsletter in order to preserve QuAC’s significant and monumental history.
Economic Development will provide research on the economic impact for each of the seven decades for submission in the chapter newsletter.
International Awareness & Involvement (IA&I): “Countdown to Kusini '' released in 1976 was conceived and entirely financed by DST to counter the “inaccurate portrayal of Black people in the media.” IAI's goal is to create a 90 second homage to Countdown to Kusini using music from the movie as well as information from a documentary about the film.
Health Task Force will prepare an historic collage of events held over the past 70 years along with a presentation of statistical impact on the community.
African American History has planned two events: first will be a virtual tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum and second spearheading the efforts to bring “Step Afrika” virtually to QuAC highlighting how “stepping” began.