Delta Sigma Theta History

The Origins

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a, nonprofit 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 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
  • Educational Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Political Awareness and Involvement

Chapter History

On June 29th, 1969, nineteen Deltas gathered at the home of Soror Ruth Flippen in Camden, New Jersey for the chartering of the South Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. by the 16th National President Soror Thelma Daley. The chapter gathered in soror’s homes in the early years, but soon expanded to meeting in various locations throughout the Camden County area (St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Camden, Runnemede Holiday Inn, Stratford YMCA, Voorhees Community Center, Camden County Community College) to our present location at Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford. Our areas of service include Camden County, Gloucester County, Salem County and Cumberland County.

Today our membership consists of over 155 college educated women who possess careers in the areas of business, education, finance, health, engineering, law, human and social services and many others. We seek to carry out the ideals of the sorority through our community service and commitment to academic excellence.