100 Years Strong, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.
Since its founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved.
In the Beginning
Delta Sigma Theta was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the under served; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.
The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 1913.
Delta Sigma Theta Today
A sisterhood of more than 290,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 950 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea.
In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
Honorary Membership is a very special privilege the Grand Chapter reserves for women who have achieved national distinction in a particular field. Some very notable Honorary Members of the Sorority are Mary McLeod Bethune, Nancy Wilson, Camille Cosby, Ruby Dee, Aretha Franklin, Nikki Giovanni, Lena Horne, Berverly Sills, Cicely Tyson, Betty Shabazz, and Shirley Caesar Williams, Susan L. Taylor and Angela Bassett.