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History of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a, 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 300,000 predominately Black college educated women.

This includes 1,000 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
For more information, visit our Eastern Region's website at 
Mid-Hudson Alumnae Chapter History

The Mid - Hudson Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on June 27, 1970.

It was through the initial efforts of Alfreda E. Porter that the original Charter Members gathered in 1969 to begin this chapter. These Charter Members are Estella Henderson Boyd, Grace Brown, Yolanda Brown, Jean Wooden Cunningham, Senora Diggs Davis, Carolyn Benyard Golden, Gloria Lang, Alice Jefferson Marshall, Thelma Morris, Doris Penn, Barbara Perry, Alfreda Evans Porter, Dorothy Bradford Stanley, and Joanne Luckett Vereen.

Through the years, the Mid - Hudson Valley Alumnae Chapter has been involved in many projects and activities focused on improving the youngest child to the senior citizens of the Mid Hudson Valley area.

We are also fortunate to have had Soror Founder Naomi Sewell Richardson as a participating member of our chapter from 1979 until her death in 1993. Through our many visits and conversations with her, four of our chapter Sorors, Alice J. Marshall, Estella E. Boyd, Leola M. Mason, and Karen J. Wilson, were able to write a biography of her life, titled: "A Life of Quiet Dignity - Naomi Sewell Richardson".

About Founder Naomi Sewell Richardson
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