We wanted to have a positive influence on the lives of Black Women, but our
current organization placed restrictions and oppositions to political and social awareness.
Out of this struggle, a change emerged to do the right thing
We are the 22 Visionary Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
These are my Sorors!! I was Deltas’ 1st distinguished honorary member, I was also an honorary member as well as, a pioneer for equal rights for women, my Legacy continues in every Delta woman through the Delta Oath….
I am Gabrielle Pelham, Nannie H. Burroughs, and Mary Church Terrell
And these are my Sorors!! I didn’t stop there!
I founded a University in Florida, opened my home in Harlem to babies with AIDS, and led Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for 10 years as National President
I am Mary McLeod- Bethune, Clara Hale, and Dorothy I. Height
These are my Sorors! My voice can be heard through song all over the world, I may be singing sultry jazz, awakening gospel, or I may be "Killing you Softly"
I am Nancy Wilson, Shirley Caesar, and Roberta Flack
And these are my Sorors! In 1964 I stood before the Democratic Convention and let the world know that "I was sick and tired of being sick and tired!" Well, I was the 1st Black woman elected to the United States Senate, That’s impressive but I was the 1st Black woman to seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States .
I am Fannie Lou Hamer, Carol Moseley-Braun, and Shirley Chisholm
Did I mention that these are my Sorors! Last time you saw me, I may have been wearing crimson and cream. You thought I just looked good but now you know I was representing over 89 years of courage and purity.
I am a Delta! So, when I put on the symbols of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I am proud to follow the example and accept the challenge that has been set before me.
I haven't achieved world fame. Yet! But I'm on my way because…. Those are my Sorors!
Now that you know what a Delta woman is ... Can you handle the responsibility?
author: Lisa Crutchfield Diggs
Like Deltas, Violets must be individually selected. You cannot grab a handful of
Damaging some of them.
They cannot be roughly picked or picked in a hurry.
Like Deltas, the violet is not the kind of flower that shows off its fullest
beauty standing alone, but
Is naturally gregarious and looks best in natural clusters.
However, like Deltas, the Violet can stand alone and still reflect beauty.
Like Deltas, although at first glance Violets seem to look alike, on closer
inspection one notes the
Many subtle charming, and individual characteristics that make each one
distinctly different from
Like Deltas, despite the Violets seemingly fragile beauty, it is never the less,
sturdy and strong
Because it yields a long stem when pulled.
Finally, like Deltas, even the Violet that has passed its allotted time for
blooming retains the
Dignity and coloration that bespeaks its exclusive culture.
Author: Soror Marie Johnson of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter
The Delta Girl
The Delta girl is one who has been given the opportunity of education and
Broad development: she is one who has enjoyed the privileges of culture and
Selected environment... It is pleasing to a heartfelt depth to see her not as
Centered, not desirous of selfish power, not wanting the plaudits of people,
Not wanting glory- but with a purpose which directs her activities and all that
She may control toward lifting somebody else.
Author: Soror Mary McLeod-Bethune
The Delta Woman
Hand made by God
Modeling and serving
She is conspicuous as a growing seed
She is solid as a rock
She is as wayfaring as an ant
She stirs, serves, and hastes on.
Hand-made by God
Constant and valiant
Come wind, come rain
Comes no discouragement
She is relentless
Her vowed intent
She is a strong woman!
Hand-made by God
No task will she flee
This is right, for you see,
She is a Delta!
Hand-made by God
No hobglobin nor foul fiend
Can daunt her fine spirit.
So, she labors night and day;
Being ever true to herself,
Being ever true to Delta!
Provided by Sorors of the Eta Omicron
One True Delta
A Woman of love, peace, and happiness
With a passionate, burning dream
To become one of the women
Who wears the Crimson and Cream
Her heart, like the elephant
Is as strong as can be
While, like the pyramid, she has three sides
One side for them, one side for you, and always one side for me
Her love for DST
Was evident from the start
When asked why be a Delta?
She said, “It’s just in my heart!”
With the wind to her back
And God’s presence there just the same
Her dream reached reality
And a Delta she became
So she will wear the Crimson and Cream
And it will be there to stay
Because she will be “One True Delta”
Until her last dying day
By: Jumond Greene
The bonds of DELTA can never be broken
Together we have all crossed the same sands
together we have learned the same things.
Does it matter?
We are sorors...
Soror means I can lean on you
You'll be there for me, and I for you.
Soror means I can call all night
and you'll answer the phone without a fight
Soror means you're more than a friend
Soror means on you I can depend
Soror means I'm your supporter
whatever you do I'm in your corner
To Delta Sigma Theta we're all so true
Soror means, I love you!
I dream about a Love so Strong,
I fantasize the Circle Songs.
I imagine a Bond that Spans
I'd wear the Crimson and Cream
I Dream the Dream that Sisters
to Walk amongst the Twenty-Two.
To sit atop the Pyramid,
and Dream the Dreams Naomi
When I Awaken from this Mood,
I see Myself as Fortitude.
The Message that this Dream
to Proudly Ride the Elephant.
And Send to You My Love Soror
for You to Dream as I've Before.
Long ago and far away
Twenty-two began a brand new
They wanted more than just
a social life
They desired to be more than
just a wife.
These twenty-two had a larger
And that soon caused them great
Some went left, but most went
And strove to reach a higher
They wanted to make a better
And give their children a broader
To expand their minds and their
And give to the world the best
Of being Intelligent, Female,
These twenty-two started the
But theirs was just the tip
of this Delta notion
They gave the foundation and
an example to follow
They made it strong and solid,
Their legacy remains as a directional
And the time is now to release
To fly free and soar to heights
But she must never travel alone.
Along with her sisters the
job gets done.
Along with her SORORS the battle
By Soror Valerie L. Thomas
And God said
a woman, a woman of essence
of pride, a woman who is capable
trivial things a side
who is enfranchised
the pearls from above
who is genuine,
leader of integrity,
make me a
woman, I`ll call her
A Sister's Love
There is nothing better
than a sister's love,
She knows exactly
what to say and what you are thinking of.
A sister will be there
in your time of need,
When you go astray,
down the right path she will lead.
A sister will be an
ear when you need someone to talk to,
She will be a shoulder
to cry on when you are feeling blue.
A sister's love will
The kind of love shared
between you and I.
A Delta woman
woman, full of style and grace,
hardly ever, see a frown on her face
of class and of light, everyone knows,
Delta's tight, She never complains when
doesn't go her way, She prays and has faith,
everything will be O.K.
woman, it could be you or me,
a Delta woman couldn't be just anybody...
I am divine,
Gently graceful, yet elusively powerful. The blood of queens flows through
My ancestors ruled the ancient kingdoms
of Africa with
The dream in colors of cream and crimson.
I am the living dream of my ancestors.
In the company of my sisters, I serve
The spirit of our glorious founders
Their light shines within me ever
I am the living dream of my founders.
A lady of true wisdom, you will find
Make way for this dynamic woman of
Delta Sigma Theta
Distinctive, devoted, delightful, dedicated
women of distinction,
carrying themselves proud yet humble
as the young girl is surrounded by the elders,
she gazes at these...
women of distinction,
dreaming that someday
she could be like them too
cherished and loved,
yet with all the love and honoring they receive
they carry themselves with more humility than you and me
those are the women of distinction
they pass through a crowd and stand out
only because they know what it is to live with and without
they know what it is to work hard without recognition
as they ripened on the tree and their flowers bloomed
they hung gently from the tree
suddenly to be noticed by you and me
because that is not what they're all about
but because you can't ignore the doctors, the lawyers,
the dreamers who live the dream
the aspiring women who created hope in us
the women who would not stay on the back of the bus
the warriors when no one else would fight
the leaders when few wanted to follow
This is to say thanks to those who made it possible
for me to be here today,
living my dream among the crop as the cream.
This poem is dedicated to our 22 illustrious founders author: ~unknown~