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:
- Economic Development
- Physical and Mental Health
- Educational Development
- Political Awareness and Involvement
- International Awareness and Involvement
For more information, visit our national website at www.deltasigmatheta.org.
In 1973 fourteen visionary sorors felt the need to establish a graduate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in order to further the work of the sorority and provide an opportunity to continually renew their commitment. The Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter was chartered on June 23, 1973. Those distinguished sorors who signed the first charter were:
|Chiquita Barbee||Cheryl Hampton||Doris Saulsberry|
|Michelle Barnes||Marvene Harley||Mary Spradling *|
|Sharalyn Brown||Lois Patterson||Izora Ward *|
|Leona Coleman||Pauline Roberson *||Jaquita Willis*|
|Peggy Davis||Iris Salters|
Through the years, Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter has made its presence known in the community with the quality of its programs and the outstanding service of its sorors. The Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter takes pride in maintaining Delta’s tradition of public service by providing and supporting programs that meet the needs of the community. This has been accomplished by primarily looking to Delta’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust for direction and guidance.
In 1975 the Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter established the Mary McLeod Bethune Public Service Awards, which honors Black women who have given outstanding service to this area and who have attained outstanding personal achievement. Beginning in 1982 and continuing, the chapter has provided academic scholarships to African-American female and male high school seniors who have been accepted to a college or university. In addition to the academic scholarships, the sorority voted in 1997 to award a grant to Kalamazoo Valley Community College for emergency funds to assist in meeting the random financial needs of qualifying African-American female students. The Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter collaborated with several women’s organizations to establish The Women’s Education Coalition with an endowment of over $1,000,000 that supports non-traditional female students, many of whom are single mothers attending college.
Dedicated to public service, the Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter has consistently supported efforts to empower African-Americans through increased voting awareness and political action. Through the years sorors have become voting registrars, worked in, and contributed to, successful campaigns of African-American women and men in this community. The chapter is a Life Member of the NAACP and as part of its support of Arts and Culture in the community, the chapter has hosted productions in the Civic Black Theater, and participated in the Black Arts and Cultural Center’s Annual Festival.
Indeed, the Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter’s legacy of support and service to the Kalamazoo Community lends credence to the fourteen visionary founders who in 1973 wanted to “further the work of the sorority and provide an opportunity to continually renew their commitment.”
Soror of the Year Award
The Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated recognizes an outstanding chapter member to receive its most prestigious award, “Soror of the Year.” The Soror of the Year is given to a soror who exemplifies the values and ideals of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Soror of the Year is recognized by the chapter members for achievements, participation and personal character.
|Wanda Brown, Tracy R. Morton||2018|
|Melissa Craig, Elizabeth O’Dell||2014|
|Tracy R. Morton||2012|
|Denise Robinson Hairston||2010|
|Gloria Foster-Wimbley, Marguerite Waller Stewart||2008|
|Jean Hunter Peterson*||2003|
|Michele Renee Salters||2001|
|Linda Tuckerson Hall||1999|
|Roslyn Elaine Williams||1997|
|Ollie Mae Jackson Wright||1995|
|Bonita Smith Bates||1993|
|Catherine Seals Phillips||1989|
|Angela Joy Billings||1987|
|Sharon Warfield Lockett*||1985|
|Phyllis Ash Seabolt*||1983|
|Judith Busby Johnson||1979|
|2015||1st Place Economic Development Exemplary Program (Small Chapter)|
|2017||1st Place Economic Development Exemplary Program (Small Chapter)|
|2018||1st Place - Economic Development Exemplary Program (Small Chapter)
2nd Place Economic Development M3 Innovative Program Certificate of Recognition – Project 13 (Small Chapter)
|2019||3rd Place - Economic Development Exemplary Program Award (Small Chapter)
3rd Place - Educational Development Exemplary Program Award 3rd Place - Reclaim to Fame Award (Small Chapter)
|2020||1st Place Educational Development Exemplary Program 2nd Place - Reclaim to Fame (Small Chapter)
3rd Place – Political Awareness and Involvement Exemplary Program (Small Chapter)
|2021||1st Place – Sisters on Sisterhood (Soror Marcella Cheatham)
3rd Place - Reclaim to Fame (Large Chapter)
3rd Place – Chapter of the Year (Large Chapter)
|2022||1st Place Emergency Response Exemplary Program (Large Chapter)
2nd Place International Awareness and Involvement Exemplary Program (Large Chapter)