Founders

Founding 22 Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.:

Osceola Macarthy Adams – One of the first Black actresses on Broadway
Marguerite Young Alexander –  French and Spanish Correspondent Secretary
Winona Cargile Alexander – First Black social worker in New York City
Ethel Cuff Black – First Black teacher in Richmond County, NY
Bertha Pitts Campbell – Charter member of Christian Friends for Racial Equality
Zephyr Chisom Carter – Singer on television
Edna Brown Coleman – President and Valedictorian of Howard Class of  1913
Jessie McGuire Dent – Display in Texas Cultural Archives for her service    to the Galveston, TX community
Frederica Chase Dodd – Helped establish a YWCA for Black women in  Dallas
Myra Davis Hemmings –  Active in the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women
Olive C. Jones – Accomplished pianist
Jimmie Bugg Middleton –  President and National Treasurer of the National Association of College Women
Pauline Oberdorfer Minor – Hymn writer and Soprano soloist
Vashti Turley Murphy – Served with National Association of College Women
Naomi Sewell Richardson – Teacher; Last surviving Founder
Mamie Reddy Rose –  Acclaimed Dramatic Reader
Eliza P. Shippen –   Received a Master’s Degree from Columbia  University and Ph.D. from the University of  Pennsylvania
Florence Letcher Toms – Served on Board of Directors of the Family Welfare Association.
Ethel Carr Watson –  Teacher and dramatic performer
Wertie Blackwell Weaver –  Author of the novel, The Valley of the Poor
Madree Penn White –   First female Editor of The Howard University Journal
Edith Motte Young – Professor and Master’s Degree from Oberlin  College
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