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(First Row): Winona Cargile Alexander, Madree Penn White, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Vashti Turley Murphy, Ethel Cuff Black, Frederica Chase Dodd;

(Second Row): Osceola Macarthy Adams, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Edna Brown Coleman, Edith Mott Young, Marguerite Young Alexander, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Eliza P. Shippen;

(Third Row): Zephyr Chisom Carter, Myra Davis Hemmings, Mamie Reddy Rose, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Florence Letcher Toms, Olive Jones, Jessie McGuire Dent, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Ethel Carr Watson

Delta Sigma Theta was founded at Howard University, January 13, 1913, as the result of unanimous action of active members to reorganize a local Greek letter society which antedated Delta by five years.

Delta founders envisioned a new organization that would lift the race through combating ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and injustice and would reach into all parts of the country and bring together college women of like ideals, scholarship and potentialities. On such principles was Delta Sigma Theta founded.

This new page in Greek letter history changed the pattern for such societies among Black women. Since then, Delta women have stood for all that is best for all people. Since its initial action of being recorded in Washington, DC as the first incorporated Black sorority, Delta has continued to lead in the never ending struggle for all persons to be equal, to rise above the oppressions of society and to walk proudly as human individuals.

For more information, visit our National website at www.deltasigmatheta.org.


delta books

“In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta
and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement”
by Paula Giddings


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