Osceola Macarthy Adams
(1890-1983) born in Albany, Georgia. In Chicago, Illinois, she was installed as the first president of Lambda, and she served as the grand treasurer of the national organization, she directed the debut of actors Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and one of first Black actresses on Broadway.
Marguerite Young Alexander
(1889-1954) born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1950, as a member of the housing group, Ms. Alexander helped the Alpha Nu chapter in the purchasing of a sorority house on the campus of the University of Illinois.
Winona Cargile Alexander
(1893-1984) born in Columbus Georgia. She became a teacher and became the first social worker for the New York City and County Charities, and she was the Alpha chapter's first Custodian.
Ethel Cuff Black
(1890-?) born in Wilmington, Delaware. Involved in the Howard University Choir and YWCA, in which she became chairperson of the collegiate committee from 1911-1912. After graduating, she became a teacher in the New York City public school system. In 1953, she assisted in the creation of the Queens Alumnae Chapter.
Bertha Pitts Campbell
(1889-1990) born in Winfield, Kansas, however she grew up in Colorado. On March 13, 1913, she participated in the march on Washington, Delta's first public act as a sorority. However, 68 years later, she repeated this momentous walk on August 2, 1981. Despite the fact that a limo was provided for her, at the grand age of 92, she refused to ride and chose to walk. Ms. Campbell became a fine educator and she spent the vast majority of her adulthood working in Seattle, Washington.
Zephyr Chisom Carter
born in El Paso, Texas. Played a very active role in the collegiate chapter of the NAACP. In Delta, she became the Alpha Chapter's first Reporter. Ms. Carter was a very gifted woman who was not only a singer, but an actress as well. For several years she harnessed her vocal powers and sang for television shows.
Edna Brown Coleman
born in Washington, D.C. Her father lead a prestigious career at Howard University for 31 years as a professor of religion. Many of the first meetings of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. were held in her living room. She graduated from Howard in 1913 as Valedictorian and Class President. Married Mr. Frank Coleman, who was the co-founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Jessie McGuire Dent
born in Galveston, Texas. She was instated as the first corresponding secretary of the Alpha Chapter. She became a teacher in the Galveston School District, however a fight was ahead of her. Ms. Dent took on the Galveston School District in court, and won equal wages for Black teachers.
Fredrica Chase Dodd
was born in Dallas, Texas. Her family had a substantial amount of financial and social authority. She took on a brief career as a teacher. She became the first Sergeant at Arms of the Alpha Chapter. In 1926, she helped to create the graduate chapter of Delta in Dallas, which became the first Greek letter organization in the city.
Myra Davis Hemmings
born in Gonzales, Texas. She had the most assertive leadership skills. She went from being President of Alpha Kappa Alpha to being president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her daily life she continued to be a role model by her involvement in the Alpha Phi Literary Society.
Olive C. Jones
born in Washington, D.C. Like most wise people, she knew when to lead and when to follow. Ms. Jones was timid in regards to being in the "limelight", therefore it is difficult to find information in her regards. Unfortunately, she never married. She went on from Howard to become a music teacher in the Washington public school system.
Jimmie Bugg Middleton
The irrepressible, was an active supporter of Delta from Lynchburgh, Virginia. She helped lobby Delta Sigma Theta to participate in the March for Women's Suffrage. In 1936, she received her Master's Degree at Howard University. By 1938, after years of effort, she witnessed her Raleigh Alumnae Chapter, Alpha Zeta Sigma, established in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1944, she was appointed to the Scholarship Board of New York's 22nd Congressional District.
Pauline Oberdorfer Minor
born in Charlottesville, Virginia, was an excellent musician. She was the Alpha's Chapter first Treasurer. In 1914, she graduated valedictorian of the Teacher's College. She went on to publish a book entitled, "Soul Echos," which featured 40 of her own compositions. She also became a renowned mezzo-soprano recitalist.
Vashti Turley Murphy
The beautiful, born in Washington, D.C., graduated from M Street High School, later known as Dunbar High School. She attended the Minor Normal School, which was associated with Howard University. In 1908, she was appointed to teach in Washington public schools.
Naomi Sewell Richardson
born in Washingtonville, New York, was involved in extreme activism and civic service. She was appointed to the East St. Louis public school system after graduation by Dean Lewis B. Moore. She also taught in Illinois, Princeton, New Jersey, and New York City. Ms. Richardson was the last surviving founder when she died in 1993.
Mamie Reddy Rose
born in Beta, South Carolina, was the most warm and gentle. Although she graduated, she did not pursue her career objective further. Of all the other founding members, Ms. Rose got married and became a homemaker. Later, she received an award for her outstanding talent as a dramatic reader. On February 17, 1919, Ms. Rose passed away shortly after being married for only four years.
Eliza Pearl Shippen
The scholastic, born in Washington, D.C. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. She went on to receive her M.A. from the Teachers College of Columbia University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Shippen was the only founder to pursue a Ph.D. and one of the only two founders who never married.
Florence Letcher Toms
The dedicated, born in Washington, D.C. At graduation from Howard University, her diploma and scholarship was given to her by William Howard Taft. She was chosen to present to Lady Eleanor Roosevelt before an audience. Ms. Toms collected elephants, which has become a hobby to Delta's all over the world.
Ethel Carr Watson
The highly educated, born in 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.
Wertie Blackwell Weaver
born in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduation, she was also appointed to teach in East St. Louis. She published a novel entitled "The Valley of the Poor." Her book focused on racism and poverty in the South.
Madree Penn White
born in Atchison, Kansas but moved to Omaha, Nebraska and was the driving force and inspiration behind Delta Sigma Theta. Ms. White drafted the constitution and set of by-laws. She also selected the Greek letter symbols and created the initiation ritual. She was the first female to be on the Howard University Journal's staff as editor. She was the Founder and President of the Triangle Press Company in St. Louis, Missouri.
Edith Motte Young
born in North Carolina. She was the Alpha Chapter's first Recording Secretary. Upon graduation from Howard University, she moved to Youngstown, Ohio. Later, Ms. Young began teaching at Claflin College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She went on to receive her M.A. Degree in Biblical Literature from Oberlin College in Ohio. She was also an accomplished pianist.