Delta Founders Day is on January 13th every year. We are paying tributes to five famous women of the sorority to celebrate the day.
Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13th, 1913 by 22 women on the campus of Howard University to promote the importance of community service and academic excellence.
Since its founding, the organisation has attracted over 350,000 women with alumni in other countries including Canada, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea, South Africa and the Virgin Islands.
So, here are five celebrity women who are or were part of the sorority.
Aretha Franklin was inducted as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta in 1992. The sorority was among the organisations that she loved during her life.
“She was a true, strong Delta and embodied who we are through the songs she sang, through the way she conducted herself and through the boldness she took in terms of social justice,” National President Beverly E. Smith said in 2018 when the musician passed away.
Cicely Tyson was a “treasured” sister and honorary member of the sorority.
She passed away in January 2021. At the time of her passing, the organisation wrote a touching tribute which said: “Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated mourns the loss of one of our most treasured sisters, Honorary Member Cicely Tyson, who made her peaceful transition this morning at the age of 96.”
During her career, she won three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, a SAG Award and a Tony Award.
Roberta was made honorary member of the organisation for her outstanding work in promoting music education.
The 84-year-old is famous for her contributions to jazz, soul, R&B and folk music.
Leontyne Price is an American opera star.
Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, the 94-year-old became the first Black soprano to gain international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s.
She performed with the Metropolitan Opera as a leading artist.
Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, passed away at the age of 65 in 2015.
The singer, songwriter, and performer gained popularity in the mid-1970s for her hit singles This Will Be, Inseparable, and Our Love.
She attended University of Massachusetts Amherst before she transferred to University of Southern California where she was became a member of Delta Sigma Theta.