Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.


Founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University, the Sorority is currently a sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college-educated women.


This includes over 1000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea.


The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:

  1. Economic Development

  2. Physical and Mental Health                        

  3. Educational Development

  4. Political Awareness and Involvement

  5. International Awareness and Involvement

For more information, visit our national website at

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Alexa Canady, M.D.

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Caesar 

Johnetta B. Cole

Aretha Franklin

Mary McCleod Bethune

Brigadier General Hazel Johnson Brown

Lena Horne

Osceola Macarthy Adams

Vashti Murphy McKenzie

Mary Church Terrell

Keisha Knight Pulliam

Nikki Giovanni

Ruby Dee Davis

Barbara Jordan



With these hands, I cannot defile you,

They are to lift you,

My Sister.

With these words, I cannot demean you,

They are to encourage and comfort you,

My Sister.

With this strength I cannot destroy you,

It is to defend you,

My Sister.


The words of Lillian P. Benbow,

Past National President