Butler-McIntyre Campus of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Local chapters began to observe it beginning in 1921. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. professor of distinction to be in residence. Delta Sigma Theta has provided assistance to address the challenges faced by people in the United States and internationally as well. [101], At the University of Tampa in 2010, three high-ranking Deltas of the university's chapter had a complaint filed against them by the university in a circuit court for hazing pledges. Florence Letcher Toms, Olive Jones, Jessie McGuire Dent, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Ethel Carr Watson. [56] Delta Towers opened for occupancy in 1980. [41], In 1953, Delta Sigma Theta was the first African-American organization to purchase a national headquarters site located at 1814 M St. NW in Washington, D.C.[42][43] In 1972 the Sorority moved its headquarters to New Hampshire Ave. NW in Dupont Circle. The Delta Research and Education Foundation sponsored an international conference in Nassau, Bahamas entitled, "Woman to Woman: Single parenting from a global perspective" in 1987. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913. by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. The 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Mrs. Osceola McCarthy Adams was born in Albany, Georgia, and knew she could achieve all that she conceived. The Lifestyle Change initiative was started in 2004 by the Health Taskforce, providing physical and mental health expertise. Delta Sigma Theta has more than 940 chapters, located in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Bermuda, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, and Bahamas. [63] Participants are exposed to math, science, technology, and non-traditional careers. The Delta Sigma Theta members and the women from Chicago's Alpha Suffrage Club with Ida B. Wells-Barnett were the only black women's organizations to walk in the march. Members of the sorority initially denied all hazing allegations but a thorough investigation led to the sorority being placed on suspension until at least June 2016 and the 2013 pledge line was dropped. They did not have the opportunity to sleep as a result of the long hours of practice. [69], The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. In 1992, Delta Sigma Theta became the first African American organization to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity, and has built hundreds of houses for those in need. [49] The DST Homeownership Initiative is a partnership between Delta Sigma Theta's 950 chapters, Chase Bank, and Genworth Financial. [46] North and South Carolina left the Southern Region to become part of the new South Atlantic Region.[46]. During the membership intake period initiates are members of the Pyramid Club. Since there was no charter, there was no authority to form other chapters, thus limiting their ability to enlarge the scope of activity."[9]. In that same year, Delta received $1.6 million from NSF for project SEE [Science and Everyday Experiences], and traveled to Swaziland, South Africa to break ground for the Delta house that would be housing for children who became orphans due to their parents dying from HIV/AIDS, and dedicated the computer training center in Lesotho. She helped found the organization while she was a Howard University student in 1913 and that same year took part in a women's suffrage march in Washington, D.C. According to the lawsuit filed by the family, she was suffering from "excessive and overwhelming fatigue, exhaustion and sleep deprivation and fell asleep behind the wheel" due to the pledging exercises. [93] The conference included various formats for a variety of health care experts to disseminate information, such as workshops, panels, and town hall formats. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. kicked off its centennial year by being the first Black Greek Lettered Organization to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA on New Years Day with a float entitled "Transforming Communities through Sisterhood and Service. Biennially, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. makes a grant to a historically Black college or university that provides support for a More than ten thousand members typically attend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated's biennial national conventions, and each of the seven regional conferences (held during years when there is no national convention) typically hosts thousands of members. In April 2006, Delta Sigma Theta commemorated 25 years of providing summit programs with an International Awareness Program: "Summit VI: Health Issues Impacting Women of African Descent". [19] The sorority believed that black women needed the right to vote to protect against sexual exploitation, promote quality education, assist in the work force, and empower their race. Alexander. The Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, which was established in 1955 and currently managed by Garland Booker and Sharon Lettman, includes:[48], Each program's development and implementation operates cooperatively, coordinated by committees, the national executive board, and national headquarters staff. [25] The third chapter, Gamma, was established in 1918 at the University of Pennsylvania. [51], Delta Sigma Theta was the first national African-American organization to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity International in 1992, during Delta President Bertha Roddey's administration. Dr. Priscilla Palmer has spent her life as an educator, and is also a proud charter member of the Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter (SDAAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. May 5, 2017 - Explore Tangela Wilson's board "Founders Day" on Pinterest. As of 2014, no arrests have been made. The good dreams pass through the dream hoop's open center into the person.[62]. in philosophy from Columbia University • Active member Theta Omega Chapter (Chicago, IL) from 1922 to 1953; served as Anti-Basileus & Grammateus • After retirement, moved to New York, where she was a member of Tau Omega Chapter • Died: 1976 Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Citizens." Initially, it created four regions: Eastern, Midwest, Far West, and Southern. "[121] Then National President Cynthia Butler M.A. The organization began to develop uniformity in programming and communication between the chapters of the sorority. Only 14 left in stock - order soon. [127] The site of the school will afford members an opportunity to engage in an enhanced learning environment and promote educational advancement throughout the community of Cherette while experiencing a hands-on global service learning experience. March 8, 2013, Delta Sigma Theta participated in its tenth annual Delta Day at the United Nations to celebrate "A decade of commitment to global advocacy and protecting the rights of women and girls. [48], Delta Sigma Theta uses the Five-Point Thrust as an organizing structure as it creates programs to benefit the African-American community. A paid professional staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, operates the National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C. No part of the net income or contributions of the Sorority are utilized to the benefit of, or is distributed to members, officers or other private persons except as authorized by the Sorority to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered or to make payments in furtherance of its purposes. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. To provide tools permitting the girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve academic success, To assist girls in setting and planning proper goal for their futures in high school and beyond. Amber_Bowman3. The students who founded Delta Sigma Theta at the university wanted to help the people in needs as well as to improve the academic excellence. Nearly 20,000 participants were enrolled in postsecondary institutions. She did not hesitate to create an impression on the world in her own unique manner. On March 13, 1913, she participated in the march on Washington, Delta's first public act as a sorority. [56] Because of the success of Delta Towers, the chapter and housing corporation are constructing a second apartment building, Delta Towers II, near the first. On 13th January 1913, Delta Sigma Theta was established at Howard University by 22 collegiate women. It is for girls who demonstrate the potential for success, but may not have support systems or access to financial resources. B. Alpha Kappa Alpha. She "wears" a sleeveless dress, high heels and has short, straight hair. The twenty-two founders of Delta Sigma Theta sorority are: Less than two months after the sorority's founding, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta began their political activism by participating in the historic 1913 Women's Suffrage March on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913. 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[54] Houses are sold to families without profit, and no-interest mortgages are issued over a fixed period. At its recent 51st National convention held in the District of Columbia, more than 38,000 members registered and attended. [65] The Collegiate Challenge recognizes and rewards a Delta collegiate chapter in each of Delta's regions for the Delta GEMS program's outstanding implementation. As part of the yearlong celebration, a 22-city tour of the Delta Torch, which symbolizes the "passion and commitment to the organization's global reach," which kicked off in Los Angeles – with Delta's historic participation in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade – and continued through Seattle, Dallas, Little Rock, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York City and Baltimore and International chapters in Japan and Bermuda. [15] On January 20, 1930, the organization's Grand Chapter was nationally incorporated. [35], The Job Analysis and Opportunity Project began in 1941. Read the latest updates. [54], Financial Fortitude was designed to help sorority members and local communities to attain personal wealth and financial security. Vashti Turley Murphy, Ethel Cuff Black, Frederica Chase Dodd On March 27, 2003, Delta Sigma Theta became a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status at the United Nations. In response, the sorority donated another $20,000, to establish two additional maternity wards and an administrative office. [112], In December 2014, VH1 debuted a reality TV show named Sorority Sisters that followed the personal and professional lives of several alumnae members of National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities in Atlanta, Georgia. Black America Web Featured Video. [125] Delta Sigma Theta was the only Black Women's organization to participate in the original march. The sorority made a commitment to creating programs advocating: As part of their advocacy for voting rights, Delta Sigma Theta has partnered with VoteRiders, an organization that seeks to assist eligible voters in exercising their right to vote. [75], Heart disease is the leading killer of women and of women of color in the United States. With significant scope and depth in the existing programming, Delta members felt the need to establish programming that enlarged the scope and reach of sorority activity. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. However they wanted to ensure that any new chapters would maintain the same high scholastic and other standards of its members and that they would be properly initiated. [62] The Delta Academy sessions may also include service learning activities, field trips and book clubs. [44] Seven years later, the Central Region was established. Of all the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. she … [31] The program encourages and assists in the development of young individual talents. In October 2011, 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. [94], The case was featured on the December 9, 2011, episode of America's Most Wanted. In her lawsuit it states the sorority never reprimanded members that can be traced publicly harassing her and sending death threats, never expelled a celebrity sorority member who starred in similar shows on VH1, she never claimed on the show to represent the sorority, and she lost many paid opportunities due to the sorority involvement in vilifying the show and getting it cancelled. As the plaintiff in the lawsuit, she is seeking to be compensated for lost wages and for mental and emotional distress.[117]. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. [116], In January 2018, one of the expelled members filed a lawsuit against Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. [45] In 1960, the Mid-Atlantic region was created. This new name was to reflect the group's desire to change the direction of the group[9] and change in the philosophical underpinnings. In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation's Capital. [33] The purpose of May Week is to emphasize the importance of higher education in the community, especially for black women. Delta Sigma Theta Jewels. Delta adopted the Adelaide Tambo school for the Physically Disabled in South Africa. This Pin was designed by the _____ Chapter a the Ohio State University and adopted in 1920. However, five years later, some members of Alpha Kappa Alpha broke away and formed the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. [96], At Norfolk State University in February 1999, a Delta pledge was hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit after a series of physical beatings and strenuous activities. [12] The women declined and unanimously voted to reorganize, even prior to Delta Sigma Theta being approved by the Howard University administration. The school project involves the construction of an administrative office building and six classrooms. Financial Fortitude helps participants to set and define goals, to develop a financial plan to achieve goals, and to put their plan into action. The first hospital to open after Kenya gained independence in 1963, it is now known as Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital. Given the great expansion of programming, and the increasing number of chapters and members, Delta Sigma Theta leadership realized there needed to be one central location in which all properties and records could be housed, and in 1953, Delta had the dedication of its first National Headquarters. Leaders belonging to the Program Planning and Development Committee, Social Action Commission, Commission on Arts and Letters, Information and Communications Committee, Membership Services Committee and Regional Officers also participate in developing programming to meet the Five-Point Thrust. Many Delta women have been recognized as leaders in community activism, athletics, business, education and scholarship, entertainment, media and literature, as well as in government. This jewel is dedicated to the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. They participated in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1930. [53] Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes with the help of selected homeowners, volunteer labor, management expertise, and tax-deductible donations of money and materials. In Search of Sisterhood (Soror Paula Giddings) and Shaped to Its Purpose: The First Fifty Years of Delta Sigma Theta (Soror Mary Elizabeth Vroman) both state that our founders were initially AKAs. Many Delta members continue to be active in alumnae chapters after graduating from college, and many join at the alumnae level. In honor of Delta Sigma Theta’ s Founder’s Day we are taking a look at celebrity members of the historic … In 1920, May Week was inaugurated and the Official Publication of the Sorority was established as "The Delta." [48], In 2003, the "Delta Challenge: DST Homeownership Initiative" was created to assist sorority members, family, friends, and the general public with owning their homes and investing in homeownership. Name founders 5-9 of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and state something significant about each. Delta Sigma Theta is also a member of the umbrella organization National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) – an organization of nine international Black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities. On March 3, 2013, during the Delta Days at the Nation's capital event, Delta Sigma Theta organized a re-enactment of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was the one of the African American organization to participate in the Women's Suffrage March on March 3, 1913. The sorority was previously suspended for endangering pledges and other hazing activity. While at Eastern Illinois University in the 1970s she pledged with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Theta Zeta Chapter. About Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Atlanta Alumnae Chapter. [67] The MEOC is a federal TRIO program and one of 130 Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) in the country. Summit II, a call to action in support of single parenting, was held in 1984. Delta felt the need to bring attention to issues that affect minorities and women that remained largely ignored in the United States. There are currently more than 1,000 chapters and 200,000 members. Osceola McCarthy. In the interim, the Executive Board, consisting of elected and appointed members, acts to establish and implement policies, as needed. The term soror, which is Latin for "sister",[38] is used among members of the sorority when referring to and addressing each other. [64] Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by Delta Sigma Theta's chapters. [121] On Thursday January 10, 2013, hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta gathered in New York City in Times Square for appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America,[122] followed by a massive Caravan to Washington, DC which included busses bearing the Centennial logo. ", On June 15, 2013, the Cynthia M.A. Some of the project's goals were to improve working conditions and to improve black women's opportunities to acquire a job.[37]. "[21] Indeed, Alpha Kappa Alpha president, Nellie Quander, sent Paul two letters of correspondence, informing her of women from Howard who wanted to participate in the march; Paul suggested Quander call the National American Woman Suffrage Association but does not appear to have agreed to a meeting as requested. In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation's Capital. [61], Dr. Betty Shabazz's Delta Academy ("Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century") is designed for girls ages 11 to 14, who have an interest in developing leadership skills. As a non-profit organization, no part of the Sorority's activities shall be for propaganda purposes or otherwise attempting to influence legislation in a lobbying role. Elementary School, The Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre Campus. [114] Cast members having Zeta Phi Beta or Sigma Gamma Rho memberships never had them jeopardized. In 1968, the Unwed Mothers program was established, and in 1970 Delta sponsored the East African International Women's Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya. [128] More than 40,000 registered and countless unregistered members participated in activities which included multiple service activities, and recognition for the many achievements the Sorority accumulated over the past 100 years. Mary Church Terrell recounted that she and the Delta Sigma Theta Founders had to assemble in an area specifically allocated for black women. [92], In 1985, Delta Sigma Theta members visited the hospital. Delta Days is an annual legislative conference to increase sorority members' involvement in the national public policy-making process. Full restoration of Voting Rights for former Felons. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need. The theme was "Advocacy in Action: Strengthening Our Legacy". The organization was founded by college-educated women dedicated to public service with an emphasis on programs that assist the African American community. During the Centennial Convention, the Mayor of Washington D.C., honored the hard work of Delta Sigma Theta by honorarily renaming the 1700 block of New Hampshire Ave NW in Washington, D.C. "Delta Sigma Theta Way,"[129]. Toms graduated from Harvard and received her diploma from William Howard Taft. BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff. In continuing with assisting persons in need abroad, Delta established the Maternity ward at Thika Memorial Hospital in 1955. [55], In 1979, Delta Sigma Theta's Washington D.C. Alumnae Chapter and Delta's Housing Corporation planned and constructed Delta Towers as a multimillion-dollar, ten-story building. Regions were established in 1925, and the Jabberwock was established as the scholarship fundraiser. [67] MEOC is a free program in Baltimore which provides information and counseling services to adults and youths interested attending college or vocational/technical school. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Soror Bertha Pitts Campbell acknowledged that all 22 were initiates of AKA. Bertha Pitts Campbell. and universities. This item: Delta Sigma Theta Oval Founder Emblem Patch 4"W $11.99. [47] Regional conferences are held biennially, alternating with the years in which National Conventions are held. In the early years, individual chapters would implement various programs to meet the needs of their local communities. The 1920s began a decade of significant development within Delta Sigma Theta. In 1966, Delta Teen Lift was established and the Delta Sigma Theta Executive Board was received in the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson to discuss community issues and concerns in 1967. [6] Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has created programming to improve political, education, and social and economic conditions, particularly within black communities. As it began its fifth decade of existence, the organization wanted to ensure that all chapters would focus their programming around one national centralized theme. [92] In 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority established a maternity wing and health services in Thika Town. Workshops are focused on topics such as debt management and reduction, retirement, financing for college, investing, insurance, estate and home ownership, savings, and entrepreneurship. The tour culminated in Washington, D.C. at the 51st national convention July 11, 2013, when it was passed to national president, signifying the start of the convention. [22], Although the young Founders were criticized for their participation in the suffrage march, none regretted her participation. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and developing advocacy skills. At the Golden Anniversary Luncheon held January 12, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the membership and congratulated the sorority on their anniversary and explained the necessity for all Americans to have equal opportunities for education. Five members of the cast were Deltas that complained about death threats and harassment they received from some Deltas who were displeased with their appearance on the show. Elementary School opened in Cherette, Haiti. [108][109], At Ohio State University in 2013, the university banned Delta Sigma Theta from campus until at least fall 2016. The sorority members were told to … Terms in this set (22) Adams. The incorporation of the Sorority allowed for Delta Sigma Theta to improve expansion of chapters. Women pledging were physically and verbally punished if any forgot information they were asked to remember about each of their 54 "line sisters." Gather and Carter had undergone a number of grueling hazing activities that week, including the "Delta TV," in which the pledges were forced to get into and hold a push-up position, do "wall sits" and maintain that stance for a long period of time, and do the "Delta Chair": standing on one leg and holding heavy bricks over their heads. Throughout 2013 Delta Sigma Theta was honored in many ways by outside individuals and organizations, including being highlighted in a Wal-Mart commercial,[130] Being honored by an NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers[131] Being featured in large national periodicals and various news channels including CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post among others, their accomplishments[132] were praised by National Leaders such as Attorney General, and Delta husband, Eric Holder who stated, "As I look around this crowd today, I'm certain that – if you continue to hold fast to the values, the ideals, and the extraordinary history, that have been entrusted to you – then yours will be a future defined by continued progress, and limitless possibilities. 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