The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the University of Pennsylvania’s first Black sorority, 1921.
Top row left to right: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Founder Ethel Cuff Black, Founder Naomi Sewell Richardson Front row left to right: Unknown, Soror Marion Waples, Soror Escobedo Posey 1936 or 1937 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dorothy Height (born March 24, 1912) was was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, a national staff member of YWCA for over 30 years, president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, adviser to Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, and a civil rights activist until her death in 2010 at the age of 98. #TodayInBlackHistory
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.
"An Ordinary Hero is the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a little known Civil Rights worker who did the extraordinary. As a 19 year old college student in 1961, Joan had already participated in nearly three dozen protests and sit-ins when she was arrested for participating in the Freedom Rides. After spending two months at the infamous Parchman Penitentiary on death row she went on to attend Tougaloo College and was one of the first whites to pledge Delta Sigma Theta."