Delta Sigma Theta Sorority History
(First Row): Winona Cargile Alexander, Madree Penn White, Wertie Blackwell Weaver,
Vashti Turley Murphy, Ethel Cuff Black, Frederica Chase Dodd;
(Second Row): Osceola Macarthy Adams, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Edna Brown Coleman,
Edith Mott Young, Marguerite Young Alexander, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Eliza P. Shippen;
(Third Row): Zephyr Chisom Carter, Myra Davis Hemmings, Mamie Reddy Rose, Bertha Pitts Campbell,
Florence Letcher Toms, Olive Jones, Jessie McGuire Dent, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Ethel Carr Watson.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the largest African-American women's organization in the world, was founded by 22 college women in 1913 on the campus
of Howard University. Today, the sorority has a membership of over 200,000 women in the United States and abroad, dedicated to public service through our Five-Point Programmatic Thrusts.
· Educational Development
· Economic Development
· Political Awareness and Involvement
· International Awareness and Involvement
· Mental and Physical Health
Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter History
Chartered in 1990 by Regional Director, June LaVerne Long, Esq., Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter became the 821st Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Our chapter made history by becoming the first chapter chartered at the Fifth Annual California Social Action Conference (Delta Days) held at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California and currently consist of 70 members who are committed to leading change and addressing the needs and challenges that impact the residents of Contra Costa County.
The chapter has developed and implemented community-based programs, which align with the sorority’s Five Point Program Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness and Involvement. We continue to educate and stimulate participation by implementing various community activities such as: public policy and providing solutions for problems impacting African American communities in Contra Costa County. Our on-going programs include: Delta Academy, Delta GEMS, EMBODI, Delta Days at the Nation’s and State Capitals, Financial Fortitude and our award-winning International Program for the adoption of Nazaret School in the Dominican Republic.
During our 28-year existence, Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter continues to grow and has made a significant and positive difference in the lives of its residents. We take pride in the fact we are empowering the community and improving the quality of life for hundreds of families.