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SORORITY HISTORY

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a, non-profit 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 over 900 chapters located in the United States, 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:
1. Economic Development
2. Physical and Mental Health
3. Educational Development
4. Political Awareness and Involvement
5. International Awareness and Involvement

For more information, visit our national website at: www.deltasigmatheta.org

LOS ANGELES SOUTH BAY ALUMNAE CHAPTER HISTORY

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Chapter was chartered August 28, 1966. The chapter was chartered by the 13th National President, Geraldine P. Woods, and became the 253rd chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Seventeen distinguished women, led by first Chapter President Niecyee Robinson, united to plan and implement programs to address those unique needs of the South Bay communities: Carson, Gardena, Compton, Wilmington, Lynwood, Long Beach, and South Central Los Angeles. The charter members of Los Angeles South Bay are as follows:

Soror Nancy Banton*
Soror Elizabeth Barr*
Soror Zelma Bell*
Soror JoAnn Coleman*
Soror Adelaide Dunn*
Soror Audrey Duplessis*
Soror Thelma Hardwick*
Soror Thelma Hudson*
Soror Mary E. Little*
Soror Niecyee Robinson*
Soror Lillian Seagraves*
Soror Anne Louise Stafford*
Soror Jo Evelyn Terrell*
Soror Ada Shannon Williams*
Soror Marge Wilkins*
Soror Ablyne Wing*
Soror Hortense Woods*
Soror Jo Ann Coleman*

* All deceased

Our current Chapter President is Soror Cynthia Giddens Hunter.

The Chapter’s most notable project, our longest running fundraiser is our annual Fashion Revue and Scholarship Luncheon, which we have hosted for forty-two years. This event is the longest runningfashion revue presented by any organization in the Los Angeles County area. It enjoys the prestige ofattracting more than seven hundred patrons, year after year. It is looked upon as the social event tojump start the holiday season! The Fashion Revue Fundraiser is the catalyst that funds our Carter-Weaver Scholarships that are awarded to deserving high school seniors that attend schools or reside inour service areas. In 2018, we presented FLAIR, a locally Black owned fashion production with alumnimodels from the prestigious and historical Ebony Fashion Fair as the headliner. This show is held the
second Sunday in December annually.

For our spring fundraiser, we currently host the Western Cabaret in South Bay. This event further raises funds for many of the community service projects and programs sponsored by our chapter. Please visitthe Events section of our website to learn more about this upcoming event!

Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Chapter
Past Chapter Presidents (by year of election)

Year

Name

Year

Name

1966

Neicyee Robinson*

1991

Georgene Taylor*

1968

Thelma Hardwick*

1993

Mary Idella Coleman

1970

Anne-Louise Stafford

1994

Julia Banks Williams

1972

Hortense Woods*

1996

Helen J. Newton Fobi

1974

Guinnevere Hodges

1998

Bettye Jenkins Love

1976

Nancy Banton*

2000

Lula Morehouse

1976

Myrtle Clark*

2002

Jenelle Jackson Franklin

1978

Shirley Ross*

2004

LaVerne G. Davis, Ed.D

1980

Elizabeth Barr*

2006

Essie French-Preston, Ed.D

1982

Carrie A. Haynes*

2008

Linda W. Evans

1984

Julia Banks Williams

2010

Linda W. Evans

1986

Annie Mae Butler

2012

Christal Foster
1987 M. Elayne McCrumby 2014 Aisha K. Childs

1989

Eleanor C. Thomas 2016 Cynthia Giddens Hunter

* deceased