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ΔΣΘ - Delta Sigma Theta
Founded January 13, 1913 (1913-01-13) (age 94)
Howard University
Type Social
Scope International Flag of United States United States, Flag of Germany Germany, Flag of The Bahamas Bahamas, Flag of Bermuda Bermuda, Flag of Japan Japan, Flag of South Korea South Korea, Flag of England England, Flag of United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
Motto
Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom
Colors Crimson and
Cream
Symbol Elephant (unofficial)
Flower African Violet
Chapters 900+
Nickname Deltas, DST
Headquarters 1707 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA
Homepage Delta Sigma Theta Website
African American Portal

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, (ΔΣΘ) Incorporated is a non-profit Greek letter organization of college educated women committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. Although Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is predominantly an African American organization, membership is open to any woman that meets the membership requirements regardless of race, nationality, creed, or religion. Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_important. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOV Wikipedia policy is that all articles should be written from a neutral point of view. ... Shortcut: WP:RULES Wikipedia is a collaborative project and its founders and contributors have a common goal: Wikipedia has some policies and guidelines that help us to work toward that common goal. ... Image File history File links Acap. ... Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Shield This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Howard University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research extensive historically black university in [[Washington, D.C.] Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named after Oliver O. Howard. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Bahamas. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bermuda. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States_Virgin_Islands. ... Crimson is a strong, bright, deep red color combined with some blue, resulting in a tiny degree of purple. ... Alternate meanings: White (disambiguation) White is a color (more accurately it contains all the colors of the spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... Image File history File links AmericaAfrica. ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... The Greek alphabet is an alphabet that has been used to write the Greek language since about the 9th century BCE. It was the first alphabet in the narrow sense, that is, a writing system using a separate symbol for each vowel and consonant alike. ...


Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the largest African-American Greek-lettered Sorority in the world.[citation needed] The Grand Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has a membership of over 250,000 predominantly African American, college-educated women. The sorority currently has 950-plus alumnae and collegiate chapters located in the United States, Tokyo, Okinawa, Germany; Bermuda, the Bahamas; Seoul, Saint Thomas and Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Jamaica. The Greek alphabet is an alphabet that has been used to write the Greek language since about the 9th century BCE. It was the first alphabet in the narrow sense, that is, a writing system using a separate symbol for each vowel and consonant alike. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... An alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) of a college, university, or school is a former student. ...   , literally Eastern capital) is a unique subnational administrative region of Japan with characteristics of both a prefecture and a city. ... “Okinawa” redirects here. ... Seoul   is the capital of South Korea and is located on the Han River in the countrys northwest. ... Saint Thomas is an island in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), a United States territory, in the Caribbean Sea. ... Saint Croix from space, January 1993 Saint Croix (English pronunciation: saint croy) is an island in the Caribbean Sea, and a county and constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), an unincorporated territory of the United States. ...

Contents

Delta Founders

In all, twenty-two women founded Delta Sigma Theta, which are listed below:

Osceola Macarthy Adams Marguerite Young Alexander Winona Cargile Alexander Ethel Cuff Black
Florence Letcher Toms Ethel Carr Watson Wertie Blackwell Weaver Madree Penn White
Vashti Turley Murphy Naomi Sewell Richardson Mamie Reddy Rose Eliza Pearl Shippen
Myra Davis Hemmings Olive C. Jones Jimmie Bugg Middleton Pauline Oberdorfer Minor
Edna Brown Coleman Jessie McGuire Dent Frederica Chase Dodd Edith Motte Young
Bertha Pitts Campbell Zephyr Chisom Carter

Myra Lillian Davis Hemmings (1895-1968) was an actress, teacher, and a founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. ...

Membership

Shaped to Its Purpose, a fifty year history of Delta Sigma Theta by Mary Elizabeth Vroman published in 1965.
Shaped to Its Purpose, a fifty year history of Delta Sigma Theta by Mary Elizabeth Vroman published in 1965.

Delta Sigma Theta offers college, and graduate membership to potential aspirants. College students must be matriculating towards a bachelor's degree at a four year institution, and maintain a minimum a 2.5 grade point, average on a 4.0 scale or a 1.50 on a 3.0 grading scale. The minumum grade point average could be higher depending on the university. [1] . A candidate interested in joining an alumnae chapter must already possess a bachelor's degree. The sorority grants honorary membership to women who have contributed to society in a positive way on a national or international level. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A bachelors degree (Artium Baccalaureus, A.B. or B.A.) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ...


There are many notable Delta Women recognized as leaders in activism, athletics, business, education and scholarship, entertainment and media, government, and literary sectors at the local, national and international level. Sorority members are active in alumnae chapters beyond the undergraduate experience. Often alumnae and undergraduate chapters will work in collaboration on large projects that affect their community. Interested women can apply for membership on the alumnae level, but they must possess a bachelor's degree and have distinguished themselves in the area of community service. Some Delta Women of note include Keshia Knight Pulliam, Natalie Cole, Dr. Dorothy Height, Roberta Flack, Barbara Jordan, and Ericka Dunlap. Honorary members include Nikki Giovanni, Ruby Dee, Daisy Bates, Nancy Wilson, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Suzzanne Douglass, and Selma Burke. Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. ... Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is an American actress of Jamaican descent. ... Natalie Cole (born Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole on February 6, 1950), is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter. ... Dorothy Height Dorothy Irene Height (born March 24, 1912) is an African American administrator, educator, and social activist. ... Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician from Texas. ... Ericka Dunlap (below) is crowned Miss America by outgoing queen Erika Harold Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004, was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida. ... Yolande Cornelia Nikki Giovanni (born June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a legendary Grammy-nominated American poet, activist and author. ... Ruby Dee (born October 27, 1924) is an African American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Nancy Wilson is the name of two prominent American entertainers: An African-American singer and actress. ... Theresa Merritt Hines, (usually credited as Theresa Merritt, sometimes credited as Theresa Merritte), b. ... Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is a popular African American singer. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Sheryl Lee Ralph (born on December 30, 1956 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA) is an African-American actress and singer of Jamaican descent, best known for her work in musical theatre productions such as Dreamgirls, her co-starring role in the 1980s television sitcom Its A Living and as Brandy... Suzzanne Douglass (born April 12, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African-American film and television actress, best known for her role in the films The Inkwell, Jasons Lyric, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. ... Selma Hortense Burke (31 December 1900 – 29 August 1995) was an American sculptor. ...


History

In 1912, all of the undergraduate members of the then social group, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) at Howard University wanted to change the name of AKA to Delta Sigma Theta to reflect the change in the philosophical underpinnings — which was a move towards social activism — of the group that was still present at Howard.[citation needed] Eventually, a conflict occurred between those alumni members who wished for the name to remain AKA as opposed to those active undergraduate members who proposed the group's new name as Delta Sigma Theta. The group fractured and those who wished to keep Delta Sigma Theta formed a separate sorority. In 1913, this group formed Delta Sigma Theta.[1] Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913, and the first public service act the founders participated in was the Women's Suffrage March on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., March 1913. Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was incorporated February 1913.[citation needed] Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Grand Chapter was incorporated seventeen years later in 1930. Alpha Kappa Alpha (ΑΚΑ) Sorority, Incorporated, formed in January 15, 1908 at Howard University, became Americas first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women, and remains a predominately African-American sorority. ... Howard University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research extensive historically black university in [[Washington, D.C.] Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named after Oliver O. Howard. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... The term womens suffrage refers to an economic and political reform movement aimed at extending suffrage — the right to vote — to women. ...


National

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority owns property located at 1703, 1705, 1707, and 1709 New Hampshire Avenue in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington, D.C. This is the site of its national headquarters and the headquarters of the Delta Research and Education Foundation (DREF). Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... Aerial photograph of Dupont Circle. ... Color-enhanced USGS satellite image of Washington, DC, taken April 26, 2002. ...


In March 2003, Delta Sigma Theta became a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations (UN). In a presentation by Hanifa Mezoui, Chief NGO Section, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN (ECOSOC), Past National President Gwendolyn Boyd (who served as National President during this time) accepted the credentials on behalf of the sorority, before 150 members of the organization from across the country. Delta Sigma Theta was welcomed to the United Nations by Assistant Secretary General for External Affairs, Gillian Sorensen, who asked the sorority in her keynote address to, “use your NGO status to monitor the status of women and children in the world and bind together with other NGOs to insure that the UN honors its commitments.” Delta Sigma Theta was granted Special Consultative Status as an NGO to the Economic and Social Council of the UN as a result of its volunteer services and humanitarian efforts performed to address issues throughout the world. The term non-governmental organization (NGO) is used in a variety of ways all over the world and, depending on the context in which it is used, can refer to many different types of organizations. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ...


The sorority is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), an organization of nine international Greek-letter sororities and fraternities. The sorority is a member of the NAACP and National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


National Presidents

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Delta Programs

The Violet, official flower of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
The Violet, official flower of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Since its founding in 1913 Delta Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. From a collection of my own houseplant photos. ... From a collection of my own houseplant photos. ... Species Violets (Viola) are a genus of flowering plants in the family Violaceae, with around 400-500 species throughout the world, mainly in the temperate Northern Hemisphere but also in Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes in South America. ...


Program development and implementation in Delta is a cooperative function with committees, the national executive board, and headquarters staff involved. Those with direct leadership responsibilities for implementation include members of the Program Planning and Development Committee, Social Action Commission, Commission on Arts and Letters, Information and Communications Committee, Membership Services Committee and Regional Officers.


Delta's Five-Point Thrust

The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Educational Development
  3. International Awareness and Involvement
  4. Physical and Mental Health
  5. Political Awareness and Involvement

Economic development

Financial Fortitude: Smart Women Finish Rich


National economic trends, such as a big gap between wealth and poverty are the basis for the development of Financial Fortitude, the current Economic Development Program Initiative of Delta Sigma Theta. Financial Fortitude is a process that will help program participants to set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances.


Educational development

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy


Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century. The Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for local Delta chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.


Delta Academy has taken many forms. In some chapters, the Academies are after-school or Saturday programs; others are weekly or biweekly throughout the school year; and still other programs occur monthly. At a minimum, chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the early adolescents in their areas. The activities implemented most often include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.


Delta GEMS – Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully


A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful “Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow”, Delta Gems was created to “catch the dreams” of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a “CAN DO” attitude. The goals for Delta GEMS are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically;
  • To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
  • To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures—high school and beyond; and
  • To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.


SEE- Science and Everyday Experiences


In 2002, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in partnership with the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, began developing and implementing the 5-year Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) Initiative, an informal science education project funded by the National Science Foundation. The SEE Initiative helps parents and caregivers of African American elementary and middle school age children (K-8) develop effective ways to support children's informal science and mathematics learning experiences.


International awareness and involvement

Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital (formerly Thika Memorial Hospital)


Nothing is more precious than the gift of life. And, there is nothing more miraculous than the birthing of a child—bringing new life into being. Prenatal care and safe birth deliveries are practices often taken for granted in America. Yet, adequate prenatal and maternity care is seldom experienced by women in our ancestral homeland of Africa. A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Realizing this critical health issue, in 1955, Delta Sigma Theta began making plans and laying the groundwork to establish a maternity hospital in the east African country of Kenya. The plans for a facility came to fruition in the early 1960s when Delta made a major donation to help finance the construction of the Thika Maternity Hospital in Thika, Kenya, which is now named Mary Help of the Sick Missions Hospital. The first hospital to open after Kenya gained its independence, Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital continues to be operated by the missionary sisters of the Holy Rosary. 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thika is a market town in Central Province, Kenya, lying on the A2 road north east of Nairobi, and on the Thika River. ...


In 1985 members of the Sorority visited the hospital and saw first hand the increased population and infant mortality rate in and around Thika. Delta responded by donating over $20,000 in 1985 which was used to establish two additional maternity wards and an administrative office. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital has grown to 120 beds. It provides affordable prenatal and postnatal care, nutritional education, child immunization, and family planning. The hospital gives prenatal care, including lab work, blood tests, and examinations to more than 200 women daily. The facility also has a special care nursery for babies after delivery. The hospital also serves as an educational institution for nurses and midwives. Over 66 students are trained each year. // Midwifery is the term traditionally used to describe the art of assisting a woman through childbirth. ...


Summit VI: Health Issues Impacting Women of African Descent


Obesity; HIV/AIDS; and breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers are all health issues impacting women of African descent at disproportionate rates. In April 2006, Delta Sigma Theta commemorates twenty-five years of summits with an international awareness program, Summit VI: “Health Issues Impacting Women of African Descent,” to be held on the beautiful, stress-free island of Jamaica. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ... Cervical cancer is a malignancy of the cervix. ... Ovarian cancer is a malignant ovarian neoplasm (an abnormal growth located on the ovaries). ...


Summit VI will feature many of the foremost experts on health care to focus on health issues of mothers, daughters, and sisters of the diaspora. The conference will include various formats for disseminating information—workshops, panels, and town hall formats. Healthy lifestyle activities will also be a feature of the conference


Physical and mental health

Total Woman: Mind, Body, and Spirit


As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its members, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. To facilitate this effort, the Health Task Force was launched to provide concentrated expertise and focus on the Physical and Mental Health aspect of our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.


The mission of the Health Task Force is to educate and facilitate lifestyle change for the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of sorors and the communities that we serve. The Health Task Force objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness about the importance and benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity, morbidity, and mortality;
  • Identify organizational alliances for the sorority that will work to address pertinent health issues; and
  • Develop and implement health-focused programs within the sorority and the communities we serve.

Through the Lifestyle Change Initiative, Delta Sigma Theta will work to combat the high incidence of obesity among women. The first priority of our Lifestyle Change Initiative is the “Total Woman Healthy Weight Program” which challenges chapters to a commitment to achieve healthier weights.


Delta has embraced the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. Heart disease is women’s #1 killer—a fact that most women don’t know. The program raises awareness of the risks and causes of heart disease and focuses women on healthier life styles. The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. ...


Political awareness and involvement

Delta Days in the Nation's Capital


In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members’ involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and advocacy skills development. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff members, and national issues experts. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican...


Delta Day at the United Nations


Special Consultative Status as an NGO allows the organization to provide analysis and expertise in monitoring and implementing international agreements on issues of mutual concern. As an NGO, Delta has the opportunity to gain access to and disseminate information concerning a range of issues on women and children in which the United Nations is involved. Delta representatives attend regular briefings and disseminate information on UN activities to its members and the community at large.


Delta Day at the United Nations is held annually.


Voting Rights


In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta Banner, the Sorority’s first public act. Today, low voter turnout statistics highlight the need to continue to identify ways to include opportunities for all citizens to exercise their voting power.


Under the auspices of the National Social Action Commission, Delta Sigma Theta continues to institute programs that advocate:

  • The re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act.
  • The repeal of voter disenfranchisement laws.
  • The full restoration of voting rights for individuals who have paid their debt to society.
  • The full implementation of the Help America Vote Act.

Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) The National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. Â§ 1973-1973aa-6)[1] outlawed the requirement that would-be voters in the United States take literacy tests to qualify to register to vote, and it provided for federal registration of voters in areas that had less than 50... The Help America Vote Act was enacted on October 29, 2002. ...


Delta Sigma Theta established the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), as, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation. DREF was designed to help strengthen and expand the charitable, educational, scientific programs of Delta Sigma Theta and other organizations with similar community service goals.


DREF provides:

  • BENEFITS for contributors to the national, regional and chapter activities of Delta Sigma Theta.
  • RESEARCH AND PROGRAM INITIATIVES through The Center For Research on African American Women serving as a comprehensive database and resource on the diverse lifestyles of African American women and the roles they have played in contributing to the building of the United States. The Center is designed to present extensive research on Black women that will be of significance for policy decision-making on both local and national levels.

Delta Sigma Theta and the Delta Research and Education Foundation (DREF), in partnership with the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, are implementing a 5-year Science and Everyday Experiences (SEE) Initiative, an informal science education project funded by the National Science Foundation. The SEE Initiative will help parents and caregivers of African American elementary and middle school age children (K-8) develop effective ways to support children's informal science and mathematics learning experiences. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an organization that promotes cooperation between scientists, defends scientific freedom, encourages scientific responsibility and supports scientific education for the betterment of all humanity. ... The logo of the National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. ...


References

In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement by Paula Giddings.


Footnotes

  1. ^ The ΑΦΑ/ΔΣΘ Connection skipmason.com (URL accessed May 11, 2006).
  2. ^ Past National Presidents. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (2006). Retrieved on 2007-05-09.

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