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Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence and support those in need. It was founded by 22 women: Osceola Macarthy Adams, Marguerite Young Alexander, Winona Cargile Alexander, Ethel Cuff Black, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Zephyr Chisom Carter, Edna Brown Coleman, Jessie McGuire Dent, Frederica Chase Dodd, Myra Davis Hemmings, Olive Claire Jones, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Vashti Turley Murphy, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Mammie Reddy Rose, Eliza Pearl Shippen, Florence Letcher Toms, Ethel Carr Watson, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Madree Penn White, and Edith Motte Young

It is one of the largest predominately black sororities, with more than 300,000 initiated members.

Motto: “Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom”

Colors: Crimson and Cream

Symbol: Elephant

In honor of Delta Sigma Theta’s  Founder’s Day we are taking a look at celebrity members of the historic organization.

Celebrity Members Of Delta Sigma Theta  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Lena Horne

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Official Chapter: Honorary

2. Roberta Flack

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Official Chapter: Alpha

3. Pat Smith

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Official Chapter: Iota Alpha

4. Natalie Cole

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Official Chapter: Upsilon 

5. K. Michelle

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Official Chapter: Beta Alpha

6. Keshia Knight Pulliam

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Official Chapter: Eta Kappa

7. Kim Coles

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Official Chapter: Alpha Lambda 

8. Aretha Franklin

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Official Chapter: Honorary

9. Maurette Brown Clark

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Official Chapter:  Kappa Phi

10. Ruby Dee

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Official Chapter: Honorary

11. Shirley Caesar

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Official Chapter: Honorary

12. Shirley Chisholm

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Official Chapter: Brooklyn Alumnae

13. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

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Official Chapter: Zeta Alpha

14. Candice Wiggins

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Official Chapter: Omicron Chi

15. Wilma Rudolph

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Official Chapter: Alpha Chi

16. Val Demings

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Official Chapter: Orlando Alumnae

17. Mary McLeod Bethune

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Official Chapter: Honorary

18. Fannie Lou Hamer

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Official Chapter: Honorary

19. Jacque Reid

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Official Chapter: New York Alumnae

20. Soledad O’Brien

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Official Chapter: Honorary

21. Gwen Ifill

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Official Chapter: Honorary

22. Melissa Harris-Perry

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Official Chapter: Pi Omicron

23. Nikki Giovanni

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Official Chapter: Honorary

24. Daphne Maxwell Reid

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Official Chapter: Honorary

25. T’Keyah Crystal Keymah

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Official Chapter: Beta Alpha

26. AJ Johnson

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Official Chapter: Eta Kappa

27. Renée Elise Goldsberry

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Official Chapter: Theta Beta

28. Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis Source:Getty

Official Chapter: Gamma Psi

29. Suzzanne Douglas

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Official Chapter: Honorary

30. Wendy Davis

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Official Chapter: Alpha

31. Betty Shabazz

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Official Chapter: Honorary

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