List of Delta Sigma Theta sisters
Below is a list of Delta Sigma Theta members (commonly referred to as Deltas). Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (ΔΣΘ) was founded on January 13, 1913, at Howard University. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was first incorporated in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 1913. On January 20, 1930, the organization was incorporated as a perpetual body. The nomenclature of graduate chapters are named according to geographic location and "Alumnae" annexed to the service area's name.
- 1 "Delta Girl"
- 1.1 Founders
- 1.2 National Presidents
- 1.3 Arts and entertainment
- 1.4 Civil rights
- 1.5 Education
- 1.6 Heads of organizations and business executives
- 1.7 Health and science
- 1.8 Legal Profession
- 1.9 Military
- 1.10 Political figures
- 1.11 Religion
- 1.12 Sports
- 2 See also
- 3 Citations
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The poem "Delta Girl" was written by honorary member Mary McLeod Bethune. The poem embodies the ideals of a Delta Sigma Theta woman.
Listed below are notable members of Delta Sigma Theta, and includes the Founders, Presidents, and members who excel in various fields including arts and entertainment, business, civil rights, education, health, law, politics, science, and sports.
Arts and entertainment
Artists and illustrators
|Harriette Cole||Alpha||Current Creative Director for Ebony magazine; Author How to Be: A Guide to Living with Grace and Integrity; Image Consultant|||
|Monica Cost||Hampton University Gamma Iota||Chief Brand Strategist & Life Design Advisor Evidently Assured brand strategy firm; Author The Things I Used to do to Sneeze: How to live an authentic life with awesome emotional sensations; Brand Strategist|||
|Alice Dunbar-Nelson||Honorary||Poet & Author of Short Stories; Wife of Paul Dunbar; First woman to serve on the Delaware State Republican Committee|||
|Paula Giddings||Alpha||Author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America and In Search of Sisterhood|||
|Jessie Redmon Fauset||Honorary||Novelist during the Harlem Renaissance|||
|Nikki Giovanni||Honorary||Renowned Poet|||
|Shahari Moore||"Theta Zeta"||Editor of ESSENCE BESTSELLER, Violets Delta Poetry Collection, Award Winning Filmmaker, Cosby Screenwriting Program|||
|Gloria Naylor||Honorary||"Author of the "Women of Brewster Place"|
|Ethel L. Payne||Honorary||"First Lady of the Black Press", First Black woman journalist to cover international affairs; she was a columnist, lecturer, and free-lance writer|||
|Veronica Bedell Brown, Ed.D.||Delta Nu||"Author of Cutie Berry & Friends children's book seris; Educator; Poet; Motivational Speaker|||
Miss America winners
Mrs. World, Mrs. United States, Mrs. U.S. Beauties
|Juanita Richelle Brown Ingram, Esq.||Alpha Chi Chapter||Ms. World International 2012, Mrs. Great Britain World 2011, Mrs. U.S. Beauties Natl Queen 2009; Mrs. Indiana United States 2007||Www.msworldinternational.com|
Miss USA winners
|Shayna Rudd||NoVAC||Miss Black USA 2009|||
|Kalilah Allen-Harris||Mu Zeta||Miss Black USA 2007|||
|Kimberly Brown||Delta Delta||Miss Black California USA 2008|||
|Andrea J. Hill||Alpha||Miss Black Texas USA 2009|||
|Stacey Lee||Sigma||Miss Michigan USA 2004; Contestant on Fear Factor|||
|Tiffany Monique Lloyd||Alpha Tau||Miss Black Louisiana USA 2008 & 2009; 3rd Runner-Up Miss Black USA|||
|Shenita McConis||Alpha Chi||Miss Black Kentucky USA 2008|||
|Terysa Singleton||Alpha Tau||Miss Black Louisiana USA 2007|||
|Crystle Stewart||Unknown||Miss USA 2008|||
|Adrienne Davis||Sigma||Miss Black New York USA 2009; Former Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleader|||
|Natalie Newbill||Tau Nu||Miss Black Tennessee 2012|||
Singers and musicians
|Germaine Bazzle||New Orleans Alumnae||World Renowned Jazz Vocalist; Highly respected director of musical education at Xavier Prep in New Orleans|
|Harolyn Blackwell||Iota Iota||Soprano; Opera singer|||
|Marcia Butler Holt||Unknown||Jazz singer|
|Shirley Caesar||Honorary||Known as the "First Lady of Gospel"; Gospel singer;|||
|Maurette Brown Clark||Kappa Phi||Gospel singer|
|Florence Cole Talbert||Honorary||Opera singer; composer of the official "Delta Hymn"; Dean of Music at Wiley College|||
|Natalie Cole||Upsilon||Singer of "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"|||
|Roberta Flack||Alpha||Singer of "Killing Me Softly with His Song"|||
|Aretha Franklin||Honorary||R&B and Classically Trained Opera Performer; Singer of "Respect"; Queen of Soul|||
|Shirley Graham||Alpha Gamma||Composer of the Opera Tom-Tom; Second wife of W. E. B. Du Bois|||
|Lena Horne||Honorary||Jazz, pop, and Broadway singer|||
|Dorothy Maynor||Unknown||Soprano; Opera Singer|||
|K. Michelle||Beta Alpha||American recording artist and pianist as well as songwriter.|
|Leontyne Price||Unknown||Soprano; Opera Singer; Awarded the United States Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson|||
|Philippa Schuyler||Honorary||Musical child prodigy and pianist; Journalist; Daughter of Harlem Renaissance writer George Schuyler.|||
|Beverly Sills||Honorary||American operatic soprano. Called "America's Queen of Opera" by Time Magazine.|
|Leslie Uggams||Honorary||Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer in Hallelujah, Baby!; "Kizzy" in Alex Haley's Roots|||
|Nancy Wilson||Honorary||Grammy Award winning blues, jazz, cabaret and pop singer|||
Television and radio
|Mary Frances Berry||Honorary||Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the former chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights|
|Hallie Quinn Brown||Honorary||Wilberforce University Board of Trustees member; Former Dean of Allen University in Columbia, SC; President of the Ohio State Federation of Women's Clubs; Vice-President of the Ohio Council of Republican Women|||
|Dr. Constance Carroll, Ph.D.||Unknown||Chancellor, San Diego Community College District; Former President - San Diego Mesa College; Former President - Saddleback College|||
|Johnnetta Cole||Unknown||First African American female president of Spelman College from 1987–1997 and president of Bennett College from 2002–2007; currently Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art|||
|Janie Hill Hatton||Delta Eta||First National Principal of the Year 1994, Milwaukee, WI conferred by U.S. President Bill Clinton, National Association of Secondary Schools and Met Life Insurance Company|||
|Dr. Althia F. Collins, Ed.D||Unknown||13th President of Bennett College|||
|Dr. Elnora Daniel, Ed.D||Unknown||President of Chicago State University (CSU); W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Consultant on Regulatory health care reform to Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.|||
|Meredith Daniels||Unknown||First African American to graduate with a Doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in May 2008.|||
|Eva Dykes||Alpha||The first woman to complete the degree requirements for her Ph. D. One of the First African American woman to earn a PhD. in the U.S. from Radcliffe College (a total of three were earned the same year, including Sadie T.M. Alexander, another Delta Sigma Theta member)|||
|Ramona Edelin||Unknown||Founder and Former Chair - Department of African American Studies, Northeastern University; Former President and CEO of the National Urban Coalition; Created the M. Carl Holman Leadership Development Institute & Executive Leadership Program to bring minorities into leadership development opportunities; Former member of Presidential Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (appointed by Bill Clinton); Former Executive Director - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.|||
|Mary Futrell||Alpha Eta||First African American Female and Former President of National Education Association;|||
|Robyn Hadley||Kappa Omicron||Third African American Female selected as a Rhodes Scholar.|||
|Melissa Harris-Perry||Unknown||Professor of political science at Tulane University. Former associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University. Author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. Guest host and contributor to The Rachel Maddow Show.|
|Dr. Muriel A. Howard, Ph.D.||Buffalo Alumnae||First female president of Buffalo State College and 7th President of the School; First AA female chair of the United Way Campaign for Buffalo and Erie County|||
|Julia Gee Hunnicut||Honorary||Wilberforce University instructor|||
|Shirley Ann Jackson||Iota||Eighteenth president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|||
|Dr. Marvalene Hughes||Unknown||President, Dillard University - New Orleans, Louisiana||Dillard|
|Dr. Sebetha Jenkins, Ph.D||Unknown||Former President of Jarvis Christian College; Former member - Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.|||
|Adah Hyde Johnson||Delta||First African American woman to graduate from the University of Iowa|||
|Anna Johnson Julian||Gamma||First African American woman in the nation to receive the Ph.D. degree in sociology; First African American to receive Phi Beta Kappa honors at University of Pennsylvania; 4th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.|||
|Joyce Ladner||Unknown||First woman to serve as President of Howard University; Former Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute|||
|Dr. Julianne Malveaux||Iota||President of Bennett College; Economist; Columnist; Author|||
|Dr. Valarie Ena Swain-Cade McCoullum, Ed.D||Epsilon Gamma||Vice Provost for University Life - University of Pennsylvania; First Female President of Cheyney University (the oldest HBCU in the united States) - Pennsylvania from 1991-92 and; former Chair of the Landmark School Equity Educational Panel - resulting in the settlement of a major suit against the Philadelphia School District.|||
|Dr. Marie V. McDemmond, Ed.D||Unknown||Former and First President of Norfolk State University; First female CEO of a 4-year, state supported university in Virginia; First African-American female to head any of the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (NACUBO) regions.|||
|Dr. Floretta McKenzie||Unknown||Vice Chair of Howard University Board of Trustees; Former D.C. Public School Superintendent & Chief State School Officer; CEO of the McKenzie Group|||
|Gabrielle Pelham||Honorary||Howard University's Director of Music, 1905–1907.|||
|Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, Ed.D.||Unknown||Current President of Bethune-Cookman University; 11th president of Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas); First female president of Philander Smith in 125 years; Youngest elected General Secretary CEO.|||
|Sarah Scarborough||Honorary||Former First Lady of Wilberforce University; wife of William Sanders Scarborough|||
|Gloria Randle Scott||Gamma Nu||First AA President of the Girl Scouts of the USA; First AA to get a degree in zoology from Indiana University; Former President of Bennett College|||
|Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber, Ed.D||Unknown||10th President of Saint Augustine's College (North Carolina); First female President.|||
|Niara Sudarkasa||Honorary||First female president of Lincoln University|||
|Josephine Washington||Honorary||Writer, Educator, Advocate of Women's Rights and Racial Justice; Wilberforce University Dean of Women; A copyist for Frederick Douglass during his tenure as Recorder of Deeds for DC|||
|Margaret Murray Washington||Honorary||Dean of Women at Tuskegee Institute; Former President of National Association of Colored Women (1912–1916); Third wife of Booker T. Washington; Writer, Educator, Advocate of Women's Rights and Racial Justice; Wilberforce University Dean of Women|||
Heads of organizations and business executives
|Juanita Baranco||Unknown||Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baranco Automotive Group (one of 1st AA owned car dealerships in Atlanta area); Former Assistant Attorney General of Georgia; 1st African American women to chair Georgia Board of Regents.|||
|Susan Bass||Unknown||President of Susan Bass Group; Former VP of Communications & Community Relations for the Atlanta Falcons|||
|Sheryl Battles||Unknown||VP of Corporate Communications - Pitney Bowles|||
|Ingrid Saunders Jones||Epsilon Epsilon||Director of the Coca-Cola Foundation|||
|Cora Masters Barry||Unknown||Founder of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center; Founder and CEO of the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) of Washington, D.C. - an organization dedicated to ensuring every youngster has access to safe and decent recreational facilities; Former 1st Lady of Washington, D.C.|||
|Melanie L. Campbell||Sigma||Executive Director of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation; Civic leader; Civil Rights Activist who implemented projects: VOTE Election Reform Task Force, Unity Civic Engagement & Voter Empowerment Campaign, and ReBuild Hope NOW; charter member of the Future PAC.|||
|Monica Cost||Gamma Iota||Commercial Real Estate Broker at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (C&W), a global commercial real estate firm; 1st AA broker in the New England Area of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. & 1st AA female to hold this position for a major real estate firm in Massachusetts.|||
|Deborah Elam||Gamma Alpha||Chief Diversity Officer at General Electric (GE) - one of the highest ranking women at GE|||
|Carla Harris||Brooklyn Alumnae||Managing Director in Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley; Member of the Equity Syndicate desk; Gospel Singer|||
|Amy S. Hilliard||Alpha||Founder, President and CEO of The ComfortCake Company LLC; Former senior marketing executive with Gillette, Pillsbury and L'Oreal; First African-American elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade|||
|Eunice W. Johnson||Alpha Zeta||Executive of Johnson Publishing Company; Creator of the Ebony Fashion Show|||
|Edith Irby Jones||Gamma Mu||First African American student to attend the University of Arkansas School of Medicine; First Female and Former President National Medical Association|||
|Elaine Jones||Unknown||Former NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director and General Counsel|||
|Madeline Lawson||Alpha||Executive V.P. - Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine.|||
|Renetta McCann||Theta Alpha||CEO of The Americas Starcom MediaVest.|||
|Karen McGill Lawson||Unknown||Current President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF)|
|Glenda G. McNeal||Beta Gamma||Senior Vice President - Global Partnerships, American Express Company|
|Kelly Owens||Unknown||Director of the CBCF Leadership Institute|
|Dr. Vivian Pinn||Unknown||First and current Director, Office of Research on Women's Health - National Institutes of Health|||
|Lavonia Perryman||Unknown||V.P. of PR Networks, Inc.; Former Cable Commissioner for D.C.; Former Founding member and Former president - National Black Women's Political Congress; Former president & Founding member - National Coalition of 100 Black Women, District of Columbia Chapter; Charter member of The Future PAC|||
|Dr. Maya Rockeymoore||Unknown||President and CEO at Global Policy Solutions; Former Chief of Staff/Administrative Assistant at Office of Congressman Charles Rangel; Former Professional Staff at House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee|
|Elsie L. Scott PhD.||Unknown||Current President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation|
|Jane E. Smith||Unknown||Former President and CEO of the National Council of Negro Women; Founding member of the Women's Chamber of Commerce|||
|Stacey Davis Stewart||Unknown||Former President and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation (1999–2007); Current Sr. VP of the Fannie Mae Foundation's Office of Community and Charitable Giving|||
|A. Shuanise Washington||Unknown||V.P. of Government Affairs Policy & Outreach for Altria Group, Inc.(formerly Philip Morris USA)|||
|Shelia Ruth Wheatley Clark||Zeta Eta||First African-American accountant and AA female partner at firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company|||
|Dr. E. Faye Williams||Unknown||Chairperson of the National Congress of Black Women; Former Counsel to Congress|||
|Susan L. Taylor||Honorary||Former editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine|||
Health and science
|Regina Benjamin||Gamma Alpha||Current United States Surgeon General; Third African-American woman to be appointed Surgeon General; First physician under the age of 40 and First AA woman named to the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees; Former president - Alabama State Medical Association; Recipient of MacArthur Genius Award.|||
|Joycelyn Elders||Gamma Gamma||United States Surgeon General from September 8, 1993 to December 31, 1994; First African American, and the second woman to be appointed Surgeon General; First African American Resident Pediatrician at the University of Arkansas Medical Center|||
|Audrey F. Manley||Honorary||Acting Surgeon General of the United States of America from January 1995 to July 1997; Second African-American woman to serve in the capacity of Surgeon General; President of Spelman College, 1997 to 2002.|
|Alexa Canady||Nu||First African-American female Neurosurgeon|||
|Joan Higginbotham||Unknown||An American engineer; Former NASA Astronaut who flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist; Third African-American female to go into space|||
|Ruth Bates Harris||Unknown||First Female Deputy Assistant Administrator of NASA|||
|Dorothy Levinia Brown||Unknown||First African-American female Surgeon in the South; First single woman in Tennessee to adopt a child; First AA woman elected to the Tennessee State Legislature.|||
|May Edwards Chinn||New York Alumnae||First AA female to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College; One of the First Female AA physicians in New York City; 1st AA woman to intern at Harlem Hospital; 1st female physician to ride with ambulance crews of Harlem Hospital for emergency calls; 1st AA woman, and for several years the only woman, to practice medicine in Harlem; and 1st AA woman to receive admitting privileges at Harlem Hospital.|||
|Gladys B. Dillard, RN||Tau||First AA nursing graduate of Wayne State University|||
|Karen Drake||Beta Gamma||Obstetrician/Gynecologist; Attending Physican in the birth of the Iowa McCaughey Septuplets|||
|Juvonda S. Hodge||Unknown||First African-American female General Surgeon in Mobile, Ala.|||
|Paula R. Newsome||Kappa Omicron||First African-American female Optometrist to practice in North Carolina; Second African-American female Optometrist licensed by North Carolina; Country's first African American female fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.|||
|Betty Smith Williams||Unknown||Founder, Charter member & 7th President of the National Black Nurses Association; American Academy of Nursing fellow.|||
|Marie Wright||Unknown||First woman to receive a dental degree from Meharry Dental College in 1919; One of the founders of the Urban League of Flint, MI; first black employee of the Flint Public Library system|||
|Cassandra M. Chandler||Iota Theta||Assistant Director for Training at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Currently the highest ranking AA woman at the FBI.|||
|Valdez B. Demings||Orlando Alumnae||First female Chief of Police of the Orlando Police Department.|||
|Rhonda M. Glover||Lambda Eta||Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) assigned to the Drug Section-Colombian/Caribbean Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Part of the Drug Learning Team at the FBI Academy.|||
|Beverly J. Harvard||Gamma Zeta||Former Chief of the Atlanta Police Department; 1st AA woman in the nation to run a major police department.|||
|Debra Mack||Beta Gamma||One of two AA females to head a field office for the FBI.|||
|Janice Currin Pilot||Epsilon Kappa||Deputy Director - Memphis Police Department; Highest ranking woman in the Memphis Police Department; First female Deputy Director|||
|Tawya Young||Epsilon Tau||Bailiff on the Judge David Young show; First AA female lieutenant in the Civil Court of the City of New York.|||
Law - Other
|Honorable Dorothy Rabb Brown||Alpha Tau||First AA elected Clerk of the Circuit Court (Cook County, Illinois)|||
|Sharon R. Barner||"unknown"||Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO|||
|Jewel Carter Stradfordd. Lafontant-Mankarious||Unknown||First American woman to be admitted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; First female Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S. - Nixon Administration; Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois under President Dwight D. Eisenhower|||
|Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale||Nu||Assistant Secretary, Manufacturing and Services --United States Department of Commerce; former Deputy General Counsel - United States Department of Commerce (under President Barack Obama); First AA female Managing Partner in Detroit, MI.|||
|Portia Roberson||Detroit Alumnae||Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison - United States Department of Justice (under President Barack Obama); Former Associate General Counsel - Detroit Medical Center.|||
|Gertrude Rush||Honorary||First AA female lawyer in the state of Iowa; First AA female admitted to the National Bar Association|||
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