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Alpha Chapter, Howard University.

Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by 22 dynamic women. These courageous scholars wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities. The 22 illustrious founders of this prolific organization are listed below in alphabetical order.

Our 22 Illustrious Founders: 

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 C. Jones

Jimmie Bugg Middleton

Pauline Oberdorfer Minor

Vashti Turley Murphy

Naomi Sewell Richardson

Mamie Reddy Rose

Eliza Pearl Shippen

Florence Letcher Toms

Ethel Carr Watson

Wertie Blackwell Weaver

Madree Penn White

Edith Motte Young

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The Sorority is currently a sisterhood of more than 350,000 predominately Black college educated women. This includes over 1,000 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea.


The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:

1. Economic Development

2. Educational Development

3. International Awareness and Involvement 

4. Physical & Mental Health

5. Political Awareness and Involvement

For more information, visit our national website at You can also visit the Eastern Region's website at

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