610 Greek recognizes ΣΓΡ soror, Maritza Corriera McClendon.
In 2002, Maritza Correia made history when she became the first black woman swimmer to break an American record, setting new records in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the Women's NCAA Championships.
The following year, she brought home another gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the World Championships.
She later became the first black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team in 2004. There, she helped the US team win the silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
In 2005, at the World University Games, she took four gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle relay, 800-meter freestyle relay and 400-meter medley relay.
In December 2007, she swam in her final event, the USA Nationals, before retiring from swimming.
In 2013, McClendon became the spokeswoman for Swim1922, a partnership between Sigma Gamma Rho and USA Swimming. The initiative aims to stress the importance of knowing how to swim and to and decrease drownings in the community.
Today, McClendon is a wife and mother of two working in corporate America.
Citations: biography.com; ritzyswims.com
Seeing the beautiful faces of the young women that showed up for today’s Delta Academy kick off made leaving the comforts of my warm bed worthwhile! First off all, I was nowhere near as put together as these girls when I was their age. With all the negative stories we hear about teens, it was refreshing to see a group of girls interested in bettering themselves and becoming active in their community. If you know a 11-14 year old girl that would benefit from this program, I encourage you to complete the application found on www.OEBACDST.org. Now I’m getting some couch cuddles with this sick kiddo 😷
I’m beyond spoiled. Thank you Dyersburg Alumnae! #DST
Ohh those Delta girls! When I say what an aaaaaaaamazing weekend, that does not even scratch the surface. So appreciative to be a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and a Soror of the Muskogee Alumnae Chapter. So proud of my chapter for going above and beyond this weekend. Happy Founders Day 🐘♥️#DST #RedandWhite #22 #ΔΣΘ #Sisterhood #DevastatingDivas #PublicService
12 STRONG women paved the way. Grateful to be a part of the wonderful legacy that is The @dstkappapsi
chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We had a wonderful time celebrating 45 years of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service. 🔺️❤ #AOML #DST #dstkappapsi
Getting back into sparring 🥋condition!🥊
It’s Saturday and that means it’s also wing day!! 🍗 Wings, celery sticks, and ranch dressing for the win! 🍗
Most Excellent Mu Epsilon chapter @muepsilon_dst
DELTA WEEK 2019 is coming up fast! Save the dates so you don’t miss any of the hits on MEtv 🎶 Tune in THIS SUNDAY for our first hit on the countdown, “MElodies From Heaven” at Total Grace Church. See you Sunday 😘 #DeltaWeek2019 #DST #MTVjams #MEtvJamz
610 Greek recognizes ΔΣΘ soror Gertrude Rush.
First Black Woman to be admitted to the National Bar Association and the first Black woman lawyer in Iowa. Gertrude Elzora Durden was born on August 5, 1880 in Navasota, Texas to Sarah E. and Frank Durden. She was the first and only African American female attorney in the state of Iowa from 1914-1950. She was made an Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the establishment of Delta Chapter (University of Iowa) on April 4, 1919.
In 1921 she was elected president of the Colored Bar Association. In 1925 Rush and four other black lawyers founded the Negro Bar Association after being denied admission to the American Bar Association. Rush was also an activist in the civil rights and suffrage movements, as well as an author, composer and a playwright. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Each year, The Gertrude E. Rush Distinguished Service Award is given by the National Bar Association. As of 2017, the Iowa National Bar Association is erecting a public art project, A Monumental Journey, in honor of Rush and the others who opened the profession of law to African Americans.