Delta Sigma Theta Founded 104-Years Ago Today
Delta Sigma Theta Founded 104-Years Ago Today — The world’s largest Black Women’s Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, was founded on today in 1913. The sorority’s brand is fortitude, one of The Seven Heavenly Virtues listed in the bible which may play an important role in the advancement of leadership and interpersonal skills, helping the women to form lifetime friendships, perform community service projects, and develop unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.
In 1956, National President Dorothy Height and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. initiated Delta Sigma Theta’s “five-point thrust” program. The focus is pinned on both economic and educational development, international awareness and involvement, mental and physical health and thoughtful, educated political activity.
According to Delta Sigma Theta’s mission statement, the sorority’s founders “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.”
In 1922, the Gamma Chapter made the first known donation of $100 to the United States Negro College Fund, contributing a donation of $1,000 in 1945, and donating $4,200 for acquisition of literature on the history, biography, and literary culture of Blacks in 1966. See more accomplishments here.
Secrets of Delta Sigma Theta
According to Essences’ So You Want to Join a Sorority article, one way to maintain the spirit of sisterhood and unity is abiding by #6’s no gossip rule, which means that all rituals of DST are secret and must never be discussed with non-members. When I read over the sorority’s traditions, I wasn’t surprised to see that no flip flops (which does not apply or refer to dressy sandals or open-toed shoes), no denim jeans, shorts, skirts, or jackets, no khakis or paraphernalia jackets were on the DST’s Don’t Do List.
Reaching within the realm of gravity, a sobering dilemma haunted the women in October 2011, when a serial rapist in the Dallas area was reported to be targeting Delta Sigma Theta alumnae, attacking four alumnae in their mid-50s to mid-60s over an eleven month period. Police in Plano, Coppell and Corinth still have not caught the perpetrator.
Notable Women of Delta Sigma Theta
Many politicians, actresses, and educators have been tied to Delta Sigma Theta such as:
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the first Black Social Worker in South Africa; anti-apartheid advocate; former Leader of the African National Congress, Women’s League, member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee; and ex-wife of former South African president.
Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, established and Directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Office in Jackson, Mississippi; and was the first Black Women admitted to the Mississippi Bar.
All of the Black women who have served as U.S. Ambassadors have been members of Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was the first sorority to join the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign as an organizational alliance working to educate women on heart disease.