Delta Sigma Theta 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 for suffrage, 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.

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.

"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."

"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."

Vashti Turley Murphy, Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

" I cannot help wondering sometimes what I might have become and might have done if I had lived in a country which had not circumscribed and handicapped me on account of my race, that had allowed me to reach any height I was able to attain." ~ Mary Church Terrell, Soror Delta Sigma Theta!

The 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta. #DeltaSigmaTheta #sororityhistory

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

Thankful for our Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founders!

Augusta Savage (Feb 29, 1892 – March 26, 1962) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.

Delta Sigma Theta Soror Mary McCleod Bethune

Clara Belle Drisdale Williams -- born 1885, valedictorian at Prairie View Normal and Independent College, ca. 1905. Like most "Normal School" graduates, she began teaching (at Booker T. Washington School in Las Cruces) and took university courses during the summer. When she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from NMCA (in 1937 at the age of 51) she became NMSU's first Black graduate. Her three sons all earned medical degrees, and she survived to 108.

Ellen Holly & Cicely Tyson- two phenomenal actresses, both members of Delta Sigma Theta

Happy Founders Day to all of my Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.!!!!! J13

blackculture: 1980ish - Delta Sigma Theta perform a step show

Ed Bradley, journalist & one of the 1st African Americans to break into network TV news. He is best known for 26 years of award-winning work on 60 Minutes. During his career he covered the fall of Saigon, was the 1st Black TV correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley. He received the Peabody, the NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award, 19 Emmys and others. Known for his style, he was the 1st male correspondent to regularly wear an earring on the air. R.I....

Through The Years

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the University of Pennsylvania's first Black sorority, 1921.

Bertha Pitts Campbell, (center) one of the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., at the 1981 reenactment of the Women's Suffrage March. (source- Jet Magazine)

Vinnette Carroll (born March 11, 1922) was the first Black woman to direct on Broadway. Before pursuing an acting career she worked as a clinical psychologist.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (1898 – 1989) achieved a lot of firsts in her life. She was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in the United States, the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, and was the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority