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In honor of their Founder’s Day, our friends at The Shadow League are highlighting some of Delta’s finest non-honorary members.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act of Delta Sigma Theta was the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 3, 1913. Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has been at the forefront of creating programming to improve political, education, and social and economic conditions.

The Shadow League is about more than simply Sports and Entertainment, because those two elements intersect with every segment of society. So today, in honor of the dynamic sorority’s founder’s day, they are honoring some of the best and brightest women who walk through life with the motto, “Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom.”

There is an amazing group of honorary Delta’s that includes the likes of Lena Horne, Angela Bassett, Ruby Davis, Cicely Tyson, Winnie Mandela, “Mother” Clara Hale, Susan Taylor, Mary McLeod Bethune, Fannie Lou Hamer, Soledad O’Brien, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar and Judith Jamison among a host of others.

But our list focuses on the women who pledged an undergraduate or a graduate chapter.

DOROTHY HEIGHT – The president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. An educator and social activist, Height was a civil and women’s rights activist who focused on issues affecting African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness, among many others. 022513-national-lwd-dorothy-height-1.jpg

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Her funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on April 29, 2010 was attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as many other dignitaries and notables.

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Former Ntl. President of Delta Sigma Theta, Congresswoman Fudge, Introduces Bill to Track Hazing on a National Level

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Former Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and current U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, Marcia Fudge has introduced a bill that would require universities by federal law to include the hazing incidents in their yearly crime reports.

Fudge and her co-sponsor, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan, believe that tracking college hazing will allow authorities grasp the practice’s prevalence and figure out how to reduce it on a national level.

“The bill would require schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose hazing incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals in their yearly security reports and to implement a hazing education program for students,” Cleveland.com states.

“We cannot act only after an unfortunate incident occurs,” Fudge said in a statement. “We need a strategy that will address hazing at its core. Accurate college reporting will provide the data we need to develop legislative solutions for administrators and faculty and protect our nation’s college students.”

Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served from 1996 to 2000 and is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. She has also served as the co-chair of the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. Last year, after the leak of internal documents from the Democratic Party that forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down, Rep. Fudge served as the chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Rep. Fudge’s hazing bill has been endorsed by Pennsylvania State University, where Timothy Piazza, an engineering student, died earlier this year from of injuries sustained while pledging Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

The bill is currently being endorsed by organizations including the National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

“The likelihood is very good that we are going to get it passed. It is a bipartisan bill and I think we are going to be great. I think they are going to pass it because everybody knows it is a problem.” Marcia said when asked if she thought the bill was going to pass by Cleveland.com reporters.

Marcia Louise Fudge has served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008, a district that includes most of the black-majority areas between Cleveland and Akron. Fudge was initially elected to Congress in November 2008. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education. She is active in the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congressional Military Family Caucus, STEM Education Caucus, Children’s Caucus (Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity).

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Melanin Poppin’: Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae from Lincoln University Do Beautiful Bahamas Photoshoot

To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of their sorors, alumnae of Lincoln University, PA who were initiated through the Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta went to the Bahamas for a sisterhood trip.

While on the trip, the ladies hit the beach on Rose Island for a photo shoot that will make you want to buy a ticket to the Bahamas ASAP. We reached out to the women in the photos and they told us that this was more than just a group vacation.

“This was more than just a girls trip, it was a celebration of life, education, reaching career goals and love. We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down.”

“We are educators, counselors, attorneys, registered nurse, directors, managers, and entrepreneurs,” @bpain1, one of the ladies in the photos told Watch The Yard.

Currently, we have been seeing a rise in Black sorority sisterhood trips and we love it. There is nothing like relaxing and enjoying the special bond that is sisterhood in the sun next to crystal clear water!

Check out their STUNNING photos below!

“We believe that a sister holds you up and never lets you down,” one of the ladies told Watch The Yard.

Photo Credit: @i.candice

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This Is What Happens When the Deltas and Ques From Clark Atlanta University Team up for a Coleman Love Yard Show

You already know it is going down when the Ques and Deltas at Clark Atlanta University team up!

The Beta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. teamed up for a joint yard show and it is one for the books.

Watch below as they stroll, recite information, and celebrate everything that is Coleman Love!


Shot by @Cauontheyardcau and emmanuel11246

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