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
The history of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. commends the spirit and the imagination of the 22 college women who founded one beloved sorority on January 13, 1913.
It was with similar spirit and imagination that during the late 30's, dedicated sorors of DST worked laboriously toward the establishment of a chapter to serve the city of Tyler. These sorors were Bessie Davis Randall, Nanette Wheatley Williams, Mildred Jones Baker, Lenora Amos, and Lillian Uggams. In 1940, Martha Hunter joined in the efforts.
During the interim of the Chapter's establishment, Sorors Pearl Robinett and Nona Moffatt were initiated by the Dallas Chapter, and Sorors Lillie Mae Givens, Geneva Smith Taliaferro and others were initiated into the Alpha Iota Chapter of Wiley College.
In 1942, Founder Myra Davis Hemmings conducted the establishment of Gamma Epsilon Chapter (presently Tyler Alumnae) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Initiated were Effie B. Austin, Harriett Darnell, Katie A Stewart, and Nora Cecil McDaniel.
The first initial program of Gamma Epsilon was held at the Texas College auditorium, Sunday evening, Novemeber 15, 1942, at 6:30 p. m.
Gamma Epsilon, a mixed chapter (undergraduate/graduate), was reorganized in 1946 as Gamma Epsilon Sigma, a graduate chapter. In 1958, it became Tyler Alumnae Chapter.
Gamma Epsilon Charter- November 5, 1942
1946 - Gamma Epsilon Sigma
1958- Tyler Alumnae
President- Bessie Davis-Randall
Vice President - Mildred Jones- Baker
Secretary- Erlyne J. Johnson
Asst. Secretary- Ruby Dawson
Treasurer- Nona Stein- Moffatt
Sergeant at Arms - Marie McIntyre
Reporter - Bernice Smith
Lenora Y. Amos
Willie B. Anderson
Effie B. Austin
Harriet G. Darnell
Ora Mae Drawhorn
Lillie Mae Givens
Joyceim P. Goss
Martha B. Hunter
Naomi I. Jones
Nora C. McDaniel
Pearl R. Robinett
Katie A. Stewart
Lillian J. Uggams
Lela Mae White
Nannett W. Williams
President Denise Pendleton
Vice President Jonique Morris
Recording Secretary Leora Coleman
Corresponding Secretary Alyce Randle
Financial Secretary Dorothy Jackson
Assistant Financial Secretary Marchetta Macon
Treasurer Lisia Hampton
Historian Kathy Cannon
Journalist Jasmine Warren
Keeper of Properties Sonya Taylor