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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Delta Sigma Theta's 22 founders marched with honorary member Mary Church Terrell under the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority banner on the day prior to Woodrow Wilson's inauguration; they were the only black women's organization that participated in the march. They believed that black women needed the right to vote to protect against sexual exploitation, promote quality education, assist in the work force, and empower their race.
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.
Friends of Sadie T. M. Alexander ( Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) Taken at the University of Pennsylvania in 1921