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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.

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.

1980s - Delta Sigma Theta perform a step show

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,

Soror Founder Madree Penn White

Born in New York City on Valentine’s Day 1880, Aida Overton began her career while still a teenager -- as a chorus member of "Black Patti's Troubadours."

Ethel Carr Watson was from Parkersburg, WV. During the March for Women's Suffrage, 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 taught over a period of 30 years, teaching 5th & 6th grades at Sumner School in Parkersburg. She also taught acrobatics, classical ballet and “every kind of dance.” She then retired and began a 2nd career as a dramatic performer.

One of the 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Ethel Carr Watson. Soror Watson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University in 1913

During the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Jabberwock in Detroit, Michigan - Jet Magazine, March 13, 1958 by vieilles_annonces, via Flickr

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.

Founder Eliza Pearl Shippen