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[SIS-TER-HOOD] noun 1. Unity and friendship among women 2.a deep bond based on eternal love and respect 3. Solidarity and support for a lifetime 4. the foundation of a sorority

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

Chapter History

The Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a 501(C)7 organization committed to primarily serving the African-American community within Franklin County through the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.


The chapter was established on May 20, 1934, by twenty-three dynamic members and was initially called the Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter.  These charter members, who continued the legacy of sisterhood, scholarship and service as set forth by the Founders of the sorority.


Sorority History

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 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 900 chapters located in the United States, 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. Educational Development

  3. International Awareness and Involvement

  4. Physical and Mental Health

  5. Political Awareness and Involvement


For more information, visit our national website at


Charter Members

Lorraine Allen
Helen Banks
Grace Booker
Stella Brooks
Fairy Burrell
Ruth Carter
Edith Coleman
Elizabeth Conley

Blanche Evans
Charlotte Evans
Katherine Faucett
Bessie Beecham Giles

Berdell Green
Sarah Jackson
Evelyn Harrison Letcher
Helen Shields Lightfoot

Cona McNabb
Ora Mae Pate
Irene Patterson
Virgie Pearson

Virginia Stevens Smith
Edith Tribitt
Viola Burks Taylor

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Honorary Charter Member

On March 11, 1979, the status of Honorary Charter Member was given to Edith Cousins for being a devoted member of the chapter and the Columbus community.


The chapter’s various projects and programs are designed to address the needs of a wide-range of community residents.  The chapter provides scholarships to graduating seniors, mentors pre-teen and teenage girls through the Delta Academy and Delta GEMS programs, inspires and empowers young men through the EMBODI program, and participates in annual community walk-a-thons.  To understand more about the chapter’s programming activities, please visit the programming section of the website.

Chapter History
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