About Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
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:
International Awareness and Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement
For more information, visit our national website at www.deltasigmatheta.org.
Bessie Beecham Giles
Evelyn Harrison Letcher
Helen Shields Lightfoot
Ora Mae Pate
Virginia Stevens Smith
Viola Burks Taylor
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.