Happy Founders Day to the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated! The sorority was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 women at the Mecca Howard University in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta was created to address the more political issues of that time. A perfect example of the aforementioned fact is the implementation of the Five-Point Thrust in 1956 by Dorothy Height, 10th National President. The Five Point Thrust addresses the areas in which Delta Sigma Theta programming falls. The five Thrusts are: Educational Development, Economic Development, Physical and Mental Health, Political Awareness and Involvement and International Awareness and Involvement.
Here are 5 celebrities you might or might not know are women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated!
1) K. Michelle, R&B Singer, Beta Alpha Chapter/Florida A&M University
K. Michelle who is also an alumni of Florida A&M University enrolling in at the highest of the seven hills in the early 2000’s! She earned a music scholarship to FAMU, yodeling at her audition. She served as Freshman Attendant and even went on to become Miss FAMU! She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority having pledged FAMU’s Beta Alpha chapter in the Fall of 2001. We even found a video of her strolling!
2) Roberta Flack, Legendary R&B Singer, Alpha Chapter/Howard University
Legendary singer Roberta Flack that brought us timeless hits like “Killing Me Softly” is a Delta woman! She even pledged at Howard University, where the sorority was founded!
3) Mara Brock Akil, Writer & Television Producer (Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane), Theta Alpha Chapter/Northwestern University
Now, this one caught me off guard! One of my biggest inspirations as a writer and media content creator is a Delta woman! Shout out to the Akils!
4) Betty Shabazz, Wife of Malcolm X & Civil Rights Activist, New York Alumnae Chapter
The woman that was the backbone to the iconic Malcolm X also is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated! The Deltas even opened up the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy that services young women ages 11-14 in her honor. The Academy was started by the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta!
5) Mary McLeod Bethune, Civil Rights Activist & Founder of Bethune-Cookman University and National Council of Negro Women, Honorary
I couldn’t end this article without shouting out the iconic civil rights trailblazer Mary McLeod Bethune! Mrs. Bethune was Eighth President of the National Association of Colored Women and the founder of the National Council of Negro Women which still is a prominent organization at institutions of higher learning today! She also started Bethune-Cookman in Daytona, Florida!
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