Hundreds of women braved the chill, dampness and threat of severe rain as they marched from Forsyth Park to Bull and Bryan Streets honoring those brave women who stood up for their right to vote and participated in the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC. On Saturday, March 23, 2013, women from over 100 organizations joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in this march as Deltas paid tribute to their twenty-two founders, the only African American group who marched in the historical 1913 Women’s Suffrage March.
The local re-enactment of the Women’s Suffrage March kicked-off promptly at 10:00A.M., led by Honorable Mayor Edna Jackson; Savannah Alumnae Chapter president, Grayzel Ellison; Chapter Centennial Committee Chairperson, Shirley B. James; former Mayor Otis S. Johnson who portrayed the male chaperon for the founders (Johnson is immediate past Sire Archon of Alpha Lambda Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.); along with twenty-one other Deltas dressed in period clothing representing the founders.
The event concluded with a brief ceremony, featuring Juvenile Court Judge Patricia Stone as the speaker.
Judge Stone rendered a powerful message, which focused on the progress that women have made during the past 100 years. Specifically referencing the state of Georgia, she echoed the words, “We have a female District Attorney with Meg Heap. We have more women judges. Of the five courts in our state, three of them have women serving as presiding judges.” Judge Stone also pointed out Savannah’s Mayor and four City Council women who participated in the march: Alderwomen Carol Bell, Mary Osborne, Mary Ellen Sprague, and Estella Shabazz.
The crowd cheered later during the ceremony as Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson was introduced. Van Johnson marched along with the women and carried the flag for the male half of council.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Savannah Alumnae Chapter, Delta Nu Chapter (Savannah State University), and Tau Alpha Chapter (Armstrong Atlantic State University) would like to sincerely thank the entire community for its unwavering support. Special thanks are extended to all of the hundreds of women who marched and the men who served as Parade Marshalls and in various other capacities.