All Hail The Crimson And Cream! Famous Deltas You Should Know
Happy Founder’s Day to the distinguished women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated! The women of crimson and cream carry a long legacy that began on January 13, 1913 by 22 female college students at Howard University who were dedicated to academic excellence, community service and fought for equal rights for the African American community. The non-profit greek-letter organization has continued to inspire black women and has provided a sisterhood for many during the last 101 years. And none of that would be possible without these famous Deltas you definitely should know.
Barbara Jordan was a Delta woman who achieved a great deal in her lifetime. She was the first African-American to be elected to the Texas Senate after the Reconstruction era and went on the become the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives and the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. It was at Texas Southern University that she pledged Delta.
Eunice W. Johnson
The Ebony Fashion Fair exists because of Eunice W. Johnson, a Delta woman. She was the wife of publisher John H. Johnson and an executive at Johnson Publishing Company. She believed in the beauty of black women and created the The Ebony Fashion Tour which toured 200 cities across North America and the Caribbean, raising over $50 million for charity. Her efforts showcased black models and designers and later created Fashion Fair Cosmetics in 1973.
Harriette Cole is a a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta who has just about done it all when it comes to journalism. She has served as an Editor at Essence Magazine where she traveled the world. She created her own media company called Harriette Cole Media, which has worked on various projects including the transformation of Ebony magazine where she served as Editor-in-Chief.
Henrietta Bell Wells
The film “The Great Debaters” gave a glimpse into the life of Henrietta Bell Wells. Jurnee Smollett’s character Samantha Booke was loosely based on Wells’ life. She was the first African-American woman on the debate team at the historically black Wiley College in Texas and she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Ingrid Saunders Jones
Ingrid Saunders Jones was the Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation for 30 years where she provided distinguished service. She is a true example of what Delta women accomplish through leadership and excellence.
Myrlie Evers-Williams is a Delta woman who fought for over 30 years to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers in 1963. She delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and has continued her life’s work as an activist and journalist.
Patricia Roberts Harris
Patricia Roberts Harris was the first African American woman to serve in the United States Cabinet. She served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the President Jimmy Carter administration. She also served as United States Ambassador to Luxembourg under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was the first African-American woman to represent the United States as an ambassador. One of her many accomplishments include becoming the first national executive of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
On January 25, 1972 Shirley Chisholm became the first major-party African-American candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination for presidency. She fought for access to education and social justice throughout her life. She was a Delta woman of great distinction.
Carol Moseley Braun
Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Carol Moseley Braun was the first African-American woman elected to the United States Senate and the first African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party. She is also the first female Senator of Illinois and the first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election.
Mara Brock Akil
When it comes to showing the intricacies and nuances that exist among Black women Mara Brock Akil does it with such a love and passion. It’s no surprise that she’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta, considering she possesses many of the qualities needed. She pledged while she attended Northwestern University. We all loved Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane is getting good thanks to Mara.
Jacque Reid has had a successful career as a journalist working as an anchor for BET Nightly News, CNN Headline news and various other ventures. With all that she has done she continues to give back. She’s on the board for the Black and Missing Foundation and Black Girls Rock, which speaks to her character as a Delta woman. She is a proud member of the New York Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
Melissa Harris-Perry has no problem discussing race, politics or gender and we love her for it! She is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She’s the author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America and she’s a Delta woman.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph wears many hats as an actress, director, activist and author. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1982 for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls. In July of 2004 she became a honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the 47th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gayle King is a Delta woman and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and she’s been a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. She also had The Gayle King Show, on the OWN network in 2011. She is truly an ambitious woman who never stops.
Natalie Cole pledged the Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the University of Southern California and we all know she has had quite a successful career as a singer.