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Organizational History

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

The Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated on the campus of Howard University

Osceola Macarthy Adams
Marguerite Young Alexander
Winona Cargile  Alexander
Ethel Cuff Black
Bertha Pitts Campbell
Zephyr Chisom Carter
Edna Brown Coleman
Jessie McGuire Dent
Frederica Chase Dodd
​Myra Davis Hemmings
Olive Claire JonesJimmie
Bugg Middleton
Pauline Oberdorfer Minor
Vashti Turley Murphy
Naomi Sewell Richardson
Mamie Reddy Rose
Eliza Pearl Shippen
Florence Letcher Toms
Ethel Carr Watson
Wertie Blackwell Weaver
Madree Penn White
Edith Motte Young

Osceola Macarthy Adams
Marguerite Young Alexander
Winona Cargile  Alexander
Ethel Cuff Black
Bertha Pitts Campbell
Zephyr Chisom Carter 
Edna Brown Coleman
Jessie McGuire Dent
Frederica Chase Dodd
​Myra Davis Hemmings
Olive Claire JonesJimmie
Bugg Middleton
Pauline Oberdorfer Minor
Vashti Turley Murphy
Naomi Sewell Richardson
Mamie Reddy Rose
Eliza Pearl Shippen
Florence Letcher Toms
Ethel Carr Watson
Wertie Blackwell Weaver
Madree Penn White
Edith Motte Young

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black
community.

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 over 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Republic of Korea, the Arabian Gulf, Southern Africa and West Africa.

The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:
• Economic Development
• Educational Development
• International Awareness and Involvement
• Physical and Mental Health
• Political Awareness and Involvement

For more information, visit our national website at www.deltasigmatheta.org or our regional website at dstmidwestregion.com

Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter

Our Chapter History

The first president of Phi Sigma Chapter was Alice Curtis Forte. The chapter was and still is deeply involved in community service. The Phi Sigma’s permanent community project was the “Dental Project” that began in 1937. This project was initially designed to bring about 100% better teeth among children in the Institute community. However, the results of the project were so successful, Phi Sigma extended the “Dental Project” into the Charleston community. The chapter raised large sums of money by selling tickets to their first major benefit called “The Better Teeth Ball” as well as “The Winter Carnival” to support the “Dental Project”. After 18 years of service on the project, on October 13, 1955, with cooperation from the Kanawha County Board of Education and the State Department of Health, the Delta Dental Clinic at Boyd School opened its doors to the communities of Kanawha County. The chapter ran the clinic until Kanawha County began financially supporting it; however, the chapter continued to give some financial support. Phi Sigma became Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter (CIAC) in 1958.

Over the years, the CIAC has sponsored many activities and programs catered to the community. These include the annual Ebony Fashion Fair, the Jabberwock, sponsoring voter registration drives, participating in the Women’s Commission Day at the Capitol, presenting mental health programs, sponsoring Women’s Unity Day, providing activities in Arts and Letters, and supporting other public service organizations and their projects. The chapter has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in April, provided financial support to health and educational efforts in Africa, assisted with Meals on Wheels, purchased gifts for children on the Angel Tree, tutored, mentored, and provided financial support to school patrol.

The Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter continues today to actively implement the goals of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through a variety of programs. CIAC continues to actively participate in voter registration drives, public forums regarding social issues and cultural enrichment programs for underserved families and children, health awareness and educational fairs and programs, and fundraising activities for the benefit of community projects/programs as well as academic scholarships and awards.

The Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter, established in the Mighty Midwest Region, was originally charted as Phi Sigma Chapter in 1932 by eight women:

1. Alice Curtis Forte
2. Laurnetta Davis
3. Mary Louise Strong
4. Elaine Tancil
5. Louise Harper
6. Midge Green
7. Edna Clowen
8. Mary Eubank

Some of our current members...