Fortitude 

 
The strength or firmness of mind which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage, or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency; passive courage; resolute endurance; firmness in confronting or bearing up against danger or enduring trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 On April 28, 1979, members of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a national public service sorority founded at Howard University in 1913, unveiled a sculpture in the Valley Mall at 3:15 p.m. to honor its founders.

 

Fortitude is Delta's official symbol. It was dedicated April 13, 1979 under the administration of Thelma Thomas Daley. The 12 1/2 foot sculpture is located on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She symbolizes strength, courage, hope, wisdom, beauty, and femininity.

 

Her facial features depict courage and determination. The outstretched hands represent the receding of love, as well as the giving of one self to others. The statue is shown pushing forward, the tension on her thigh is representative of her strength. Fortitude stands to inspire women to move forcefully forward to meet life's challenges