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    Ethel Carr Watson, from Parkersburg, West Virginia, was one of the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 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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Mary Terrell, along with Ida Wells, was one of two black Republican women who in 1909 co-founded the NAACP. The daughter of former slaves, Terrell became a prominent writer & civil rights activist. She campaigned tirelessly for women’s suffrage. As president of the Women’s Republican League, Terrell campaigned for Republican presidential candidate Warren Harding in 1920. In the words of Mary Terrell: “Every right that has been bestowed upon blacks was initiated by the Republican Party.”

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

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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.