Marguerite Young Alexander

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Marguerite Young Alexander
BornMarch 1, 1889
DiedDecember 3, 1954(1954-12-03) (aged 65)
Alma materHoward University
Known forCo-founder of Delta Sigma Theta
Also charter member of sorority's Lambda chapter

Marguerite Young Alexander (March 1, 1889 – December 3, 1954) was one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.[1]

Young was born in Springfield, Illinois, the fourth child and only daughter of James William Young, a hotel waiter, by his wife, Minnie.[2]

Young was a student of romance and classical languages at Howard University, where she graduated in 1913. While there she participated in numerous campus activities including the co-founding of Delta Sigma Theta. She married a dentist named Waldo Alexander and was also a charter member of Delta Sigma Theta's Lambda Chapter, based in her hometown of Chicago.[1][3]

She died in Chicago.[4]


  1. ^ a b Harris, Jessica (2008). "Women of Vision, Catalysts for Change: The Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority". In Parks, Gregory S. (ed.). Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-8131-2491-9.
  2. ^ "Twelfth Census of the United States". Supervisor's District 11, Enumeration District 90, Capital Township, Third Ward, Sangamon County, Illinois: National Archives and Records Administration. June 1, 1900: 6B. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ "Fourteenth Census of the United States:1920–Population". Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 104, Chicago, Second Ward, Cook County, Illinois: National Archives and Records Administration. January 2, 1920: 1A. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ "Historical Cook County, Illinois Vital Records [database online]". Death Certificates. Cook County (IL) Clerk's Office. Retrieved 22 October 2010.