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FOUNDERS DAY: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - La Vie Afroheme
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FOUNDERS DAY: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

January 13

Greek Letters: ΔΣΘ
Founding Year: 1913
University: Howard University – Washington, DC
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Flower: African Violet
Mascot: N/A although there are other associations

Motto: Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom

Brief History
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (ΔΣΘ) is a historically African American sorority. The organization was founded by college-educated women dedicated to public service with an emphasis on programs that assist the African American community. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913, by twenty-two women at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Membership is open to any woman who meets the requirements, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. Women may apply to join through undergraduate chapters at a college or university or through an alumnae chapter after earning a college degree.

The first public act of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was its participation as students in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C., in the collegiate section of Howard University on March 3, 1913.[6] Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has created programming to improve political, education, and social and economic conditions, particularly within black communities. The sorority collaborates with community organizations and corporations to further its programming goals.

Osceola Macarthy Adams
Marguerite Young Alexander
Winona Cargile Alexander
Ethel Cuff Black
Bertha Pitts Campbell
Zephyr Chisom Carter
Edna Brown Coleman
Jessie McGuire Dent
Frederica Chase Dodd
Myra Davis Hemmings
Olive Claire Jones
Jimmie Bugg Middleton
Pauline Oberdorfer Minor
Vashti Turley Murphy
Naomi Sewell Richardson
Mammie Reddy Rose
Eliza Pearl Shippen
Florence Letcher Toms
Ethel Carr Watson
Wertie Blackwell Weaver
Madree Penn White
Edith Motte Young


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