The History Behind: Delta Sigma Theta Inc.

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Have you ever wanted to be apart of an organization that uplifts young college educated ladies and builds a life long sisterhood? If your answer was yes, the Delta Sigma Theta might be an organization you should consider.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated is an organization specifically for college-educated women who are committed to the development of their peers, public service and primary focus on the Black community. 22 young women founded this organization on January 13, 1913 at Howard University. These ladies wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and also provide assistance in their local community. In March of 1913, the founders of DST showcased their first act of stepping. They also participated in the Women’s Suffrage, which was held in Washington D.C. 17 years later, DST was officially incorporated.

The ladies of DST have distinguished themselves as a public service organization establishing programs that “confronts the challenges of African Americans.” Focusing on their five- point thrust which includes; economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and political awareness and involvement. Delta Sigma Theta also participates in a wide range of community service events improving political, educational, social and economic conditions.

Delta Sigma Theta has over 1,000 chapters internationally in places such as, the Bahamas, Bermuda, England, Germany, Jamaica, Japan and many other locations. DST is also known for their long list of notable members. A few are Angela Bassett (Honorary), Keisha Knight Pulliam (Eta Kappa) , K Michelle (Beta Alpha), Cicely Tyson (Honorary) and Wilma Rudolph (Alpha Chi). The list of remarkable DST women goes on.

The prestige Delta Sigma Theta Inc. continues to expand their legacy and inspire young women with their motto “intelligence is the torch of wisdom.”

“ A delta woman full of style and grace
you hardly ever, see a frown on her face.
Full of class and of light, everyone knows
this delta’s high, she never complains
when something doesn't go her way, she
prays and has faith, knowing everything
will be OK. A delta woman, it would be you
or me, but a delta woman couldn't be just anybody.”

- Soror Cynthia Bowers

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