Delta Sigma Theta History


Twenty-two undergraduate women founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on January 13, 1913 at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated in 1930.


Since its establishment, Delta Sigma Theta has clearly established itself as a public service organization that strives to confront the problems of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. A wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have emerged and evolved over the years. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service through its Five-Point Thrust Program:


  • Economic Development
  • Educational Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Political Awareness and Involvement


At the core of Delta Sigma Theta is sisterhood. This deep and abiding bond based on love and respect has sustained our organization, allowing her to withstand the test of time. Bound by a common experience steeped in tradition, the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continue to uphold the values of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.