The highly educated Founder Ethel Carr Watson was from Parkersburg, West Virginia. During the significant March for Women's Suffrage, Ms. Watson confided that her family told her not to march, but was forced to defy the order because she was selected to hold the banner since she was the tallest. She pursued her teaching career over a period of thirty years. She then retired and began a second career as a dramatic performer.
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Six of the 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Back Row Standing L=>R Soror Founders Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Eliza P. Shippen, Vashti Turley Murphy. Seated L=>R Soror Founders ?Marguerite Young Alexander, Osceola Macarthy Adams, Soror Founder Florence Letcher Toms circa 1954.
Founder Soror Jimmie Bugg Middleton was from Lynchburgh, Virginia. She helped lobby Delta Sigma Theta to participate in the March for Women’s Suffrage. She received her Master’s Degree at Howard University in 1936. After years of effort her Alumnae Chapter, Alpha Zeta Sigma, established in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1938. In 1944, she was appointed to the Scholarship Board of New York’s 22nd Congressional District.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honors historic march - The Washington Post - Guided by the event's theme, "Tracing the Footsteps of our Founders," Deltas retrace the footsteps of their original members who participated in the Women's Suffrage March of 1913.
Dorothy Porter, the first Black woman to be awarded a Masters of Library Science from Columbia University in 1932. She devoted over 43 years to developing a modern research library to serve the needs of the Howard University community. Wesley retired from Howard in 1973. For her years of service, the university named the library reading room the “Dorothy B. Porter Reading Room.” She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.