The Columbia, Maryland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is making preparations to celebrate its 50th anniversary. On June 19 at 7pm, chapter members and guests will commemorate 50 years of sisterhood with a night of music, inspiration and community service.

Headlining the anniversary concert is award winning songstress Ledisi. A 2021 Grammy Award Winner for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Ledisi has received three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations. She has also authored two books and is a playwright of “Legend of Little Girl Blue.”

But Ledisi isn’t the only award-winning performer helping to celebrate the chapter. Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, actress, television personality and author Chante Moore will host a Virtual Meet and Greet with Ledisi for event sponsors on June 19, prior to the concert performance.

Wanda L. Nelson, President of the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will speak at the virtual event, highlighting the chapter’s community service achievements, as well as several historical tributes.

Founded on June 17, 1971, the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter began with 22 charter members only four years after the town of Columbia was established in Howard County, Maryland. With a current membership of more than 300, the chapter primarily focuses on the needs of the Howard County community through Delta’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.

The activities of the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter include providing more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school students pursuing a college education. Members also work to encourage young students’ interest in STEM fields and support other programs that enhance academic success. In addition, the Columbia (MD) Alumnae partners with local groups, such as Grassroots and Success in Style, to assist women and men in crisis. The Columbia (MD) Alumnae chapter also executes several social action initiatives, such as local voter registration.

The 50th anniversary celebration event is being sponsored in partnership with Delta Research & Educational Foundation, with proceeds benefitting the Chapter’s scholarship and community service programs. The Delta Chronicle is so proud of the great work that our Sorors continue to perform!

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