NYMCC Hosts A Founders Day “homecoming”

Submitted by Kanika Morgan

Westchester Alumnae Chapter was excited to host the New York Metropolitan Coordinating Council (NYMCC) 2023 Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023.  The theme was Homecoming ~ A Season of Rededication and Reclamation and the celebration set the stage for paying homage to the 22 college educated women who founded the sorority on the campus of Howard University in 1913.  Westchester Alumnae’s Heritage and Archives Committee also created a QR Code accessible exhibit featuring four (4) Founders who claimed “New York” as their home.   

Homecoming is a celebration of black excellence & culture. Homecoming is an opportunity to fellowship and forge relationships with different generations. Homecoming is a time to reflect on our past and build deeper connections in our community as we look to the future. This NYMCC Founders Day Homecoming Celebration was a “love Letter” to the sorority’s noble, visionary & trailblazing Founders and an opportunity for more than 600  sorors to reconnect and fellowship for a sisterly revival and collective rededication to sorority’s cardinal virtues.

In the tradition of HBCUs, the Homecoming Parade did not disappoint. 29 Golden Delta Dears served as Founders Day Homecoming Queens. They strolled and strutted down the red carpet to a standing room only crowd. 

The elevated dais included Soror Elsie Cooke-Holmes, National President & Chair of the Board of Directors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as the keynote speaker; Soror Rosie Allen-Herring, Eastern Regional Director; Soror Jerra Holdip, Eastern Regional Representative; Soror Susan L. Taylor, Honorary Member, Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief Emerita;  and Soror Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & CEO of TIAA and motivational moment speaker for the afternoon. Soror Thasunda Brown Duckett is the second Black woman CEO to be named to a Fortune 500 company. 

Soror Aliyah Muhammad of the New York Alumnae Chapter received the $2,000 Dr. May Edward Chinn Scholarship award, named in honor of the first African-American woman, and a Delta, to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College (now the NYU School of Medicine). The award is given annually to an alumnae soror who is pursuing studies in the sciences.

Soror Cooke-Holmes also received a $335,000 donation from Macy*s on behalf of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. The NYMCC looks forward to celebrating Founders Day on Jan. 13, 2024, in the Bronx!

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