Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the single largest African-American women’s organization in the country, will celebrate its100-year anniversary beginning Jan.1,2013 and continue throughout the remainder of the year. Several centennial events have been scheduled across the country to commemorate the Sorority’s founding on Jan. 13, 1913. Events include, but are not limited to: participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.; a Delta Torch Tour across 22 cities; Centennial Founders Day Weekend; Reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March; and the 51st National Convention. The festivities will allow more than 250,000 initiated members, representing over 900 chapters in the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to observe the Sorority’s Centennial year. Led by National President, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, for the past five years, the organization has operated under the theme, “Delta Sigma Theta – A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities.” Since its inception 100 years ago, the public service organization has promoted academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes.
“The women of Delta Sigma Theta have been and remain a vital contributor to the success of our communities and a defender of rights of all people for 100 years,” said Butler-McIntyre. “We are going to take this year to honor the rich legacy of our 22 Founders, celebrate the inheritance they generously placed in our hands, and humbly take up the torch they lit for us to carry and pass on to the next generation.”
Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre is the 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has served Delta with distinction at the local, state, regional and national levels which has earned her the respect and admiration of the membership.
CYNTHIA M.A. BUTLER-MCINTYRE UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Butler-McIntyre is an educator who currently serves as a director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, La. She has impacted the lives of countless young people for over 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and personnel administrator in her school district. Her professional experience also includes her service as executive director of Tech-Prep Summer Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, La. She has also worked as the assistant coordinator of field experiences and College of Education supervisor for early childhood student teaching experiences for the University of New Orleans.
Butler-McIntyre earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education at Dillard University. At the age of 20, she earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction/educational administration at the University of New Orleans. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree in religious education from the Louisiana Christian Bible College. Some of her recognitions include: National Alliance of Black
School Educators Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, Shiners Hall of Fame, Women of Substance Inductee (Bennett College), Langston University Presidential Award, Dillard University Distinguished Alumnus Award, MLK Outstanding Activist Honoree, and a host of others.
Butler-McIntyre is an active, life-long member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in New Orleans. Her professional and community affiliations include: Board Commissioner for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans; MLK Task Force and The Delta Research and Development Foundation; National Board Member of the National Council of Negro Women; a past National Board Member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; the State Secretary of the Louisiana Association of School Personnel Administrators; and Founding President of Algiers- Gretna Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. President Barack Obama also appointed her to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in 2011.
She is married to Mr. Ronney McIntyre, owner/ operator of McIntyre Masonry, and they reside in New Orleans. Through her marriage she has four children: Shavonny, Ronney, Jr., Ciara and Rachaud; and two grandchildren, Gavon and Angie.
A Delta’s Story:
THIS GEM OF A POWERHOUSE WOMAN IS LEADING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POWERHOUSE GEMS ACROSS THE GLOBE…
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 250,000
predominately Black college
educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust:
Economic Development Educational Development International Awareness and Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement
A Leader With A Servant’s Heart
The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.
A Candid Speak with the Powerhouse Woman Leading One of the Nation’s Largest Women’s Organizations…
My SOROR PRESIDENT CYNTHIA M.A. BUTLER-MCINTYRE
I was absolutely delighted to have the good fortune of landing my Soror, President Butler-McIntyre for this issue’s cover and feature story. Having my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, celebrate its 100th Birthday has me beaming with pride. The sorority is near to my heart and dear to my entire family. My great aunt pledged in the 1940’s at Virginia State University, and both my mother and younger sister are my Sorors as well. Growing up in Delta and participating in each and every one of the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter’s featured programs was sometimes more hectic than not; but absolutely something I would grow to appreciate as I got older. In fact, I was the first editor of the DEL-TEENS (one of Brooklyn Alumnae’s initiatives from the 1980’s) Newsletter. I remember being in Del-teens, doing the HBCU Tours, and being among those high school girls in Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter’s first Jabberwork. I came in 2nd runner up and it was the experience of a lifetime. In fact, I recall my original Waltz dance partner being Omar Epps (yes, THE Omar Epps, Hollywood Actor).
I remember all of the meetings my mother would attend and also host at the house. I remember the pyramids from one of the lines coming to visit and my mom telling me I had to go upstairs. We lived in a 3-story brownstone and they were ushered into the basement for their meeting activity. I remember trying to sneak downstairs to hear what was so top-secret, but I couldn’t make out anything they were saying. By the time I pledged in the late 1980’s learning secrets was farthest from my mind, and the benevolence of public service at the forefront. In fact, I didn’t even tell my mother I was pledging because it was something I wanted to do all on my own (she had been one of Brooklyn Alumnae’s past Presidents). I remember having one of her best friends from her chapter, Sandra Snead (who is the current President of Brooklyn Alumnae), write one of my recommendation letters. I swore her to secrecy and she obliged, working evenings with me to help me through the process.
I’ve met some wonderful ladies along the way and besides the rewarding work of doing public service, I believe that the sisterly relationships formed have completely enriched my life’s experience. New York Alumnae Chapter was our advising chapter (Bernie Calendar Hodge was the President at the time, and one of our advisors) and we had line sisters of NYAC on at the same time as us. My mother’s dear friend Elsie Atwell was stellar, and a comfort during my experience. I had the good fortune of pledging with my childhood friend from Camp Atwater, Ramona Barksdale, and still remain very close to my Hustle Mama sands Melissa Beech to this day. My line sisters of the Epsilon Tau Chapter have accomplished and achieved much over the years and I am very proud of them.
I am blessed to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about Soror President Butler-McIntyre in a very different light, and I want to share with you the joy she has for her life’s passion and what she’s been purposed and destined to do. It was an honor for me and was a reminder of WHY I pledged Delta in the first place. ~
HMM: What would you like the world to remember most about you and your life?
CBM: I would like the world to remember that in every leadership role I have held, I have always tried to lead with a servant’s heart. Any good leader can bark orders to their subordinates, but an exceptional leader has to be able to direct others and get down in the trenches with those willing to follow them. I want to be remembered for not only giving whole- heartedly of myself in all I do, but also instilling that same drive in the women of Delta.
HMM: What words of advice would you give to these young women in the world who are without love and leadership?
CBM: The only advice I would give young women today is to first find and understand the love of God, then, find the courage to love themselves. All the love they truly need is in God’s love. We can’t begin to seek love from others if we do not first love ourselves. To love God and know Him is to love ourselves.
HMM: If you could leave a legacy of your choice, what would it be?
CBM: The legacy I hope to leave is one that encourages and inspires women of every race to excel in their personal, professional and spiritual lives. It isn’t enough to see the members of Delta Sigma Theta reach the pinnacle of their careers, be leaders in the community and become the new face of politics. I want to inspire and hopefully see women around the globe fulfilling their greatness and changing the world for the better.
HMM: In your opinion, why are relationships failing at every level today and if you could provide a remedy in what you’ve come to know, what would that remedy be?
CBM: The one thing we seem to forget these days is that God can do anything but fail. If we would just allow Him into the center of every connection we have, be it a relationship with your spouse, colleague, relative, or childhood friend, He would help us to see fault with our own behaviors before we are quick to walk away from the necessary people in our lives. I am certain that if God was in the center of those relationships, he would not fail us and let us fail at building much needed companionship with those around us.