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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 300,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.
Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913
by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. They participated in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1930.
Welcome to the national website of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.! Founded in 1913 by 22 phenomenal trendsetters who saw no limit to their vision for sisterhood, scholarship and service. Delta's Founders stepped out on faith to march with the suffragettes and took a stand for social justice as their first public act. More than 105 years later we pride ourselves by following in the footsteps of our Founders and remain in the forefront of action as a voice for those in need.
With a 2017-19 biennial theme of "joy in our sisterhood, power in our voice and service in our heart," we welcome you to explore our website as we proudly share who we are and the principles for which we stand.
For Delta sorors this website is intended to support your needs as a member by providing basic tools and resources for the business of our sorority.
I hope you enjoy your visit to our online "home" and come again!
Beverly E. Smith
National President & CEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2020
(Chicago, IL) - As leaders of African-American women’s organizations in America, we condemn in the strongest terms the senseless and unjustified killings of Black women, Black men, Black girls, and Black boys by police and vigilantes. We have organized knowing that we are stronger and more effective when we work together to raise our more than five (5) million collective voices and exert our collective power to address the unspeakable, horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony Dade, Nina Pop and too many others – killings that have sparked a global movement for racial justice.
We stand united and join with Black communities across our country in an urgent demand for policing reform now. Our national shame, which plays out on streets, in cars and even in the sanctity of homes that is resulting in the repugnant killings of African Americans, has reached a fever pitch that can no longer be tolerated. These latest killings, along with those we seldom hear about, have garnered national and international attention and share one common denominator — they demand justice. The trauma of these occurrences is exacerbated by the fact that the nation is in the grip of a horrific pandemic which has had a disproportionate impact on African Americans and other people of color living in poverty. Black, low-wage, essential workers, who risk their lives daily, have disproportionately contracted the COVID-19 virus and died, rendering the most vulnerable families’ recovery uncertain.
The Presidents from each of the named organizations held a joint press conference on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12 p.m. (EDT) on Zoom to unveil their platform and issue a collective call to action. As African-American women leaders, we are committed to using the power of our collective voice, vote, leadership, and influence as we join the American people and citizens around the world to demand that the routine use of lethal force by law enforcement officers who are duty-bound to protect and serve comes to a swift end. Our #United4Reform alliance comes on the heels of global protests over the deaths of George Floyd and too many others at the hands of the police, because of the color of their skin or how they identify. Full Statement and Details
- June 2020
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