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delta sigma theta famous deltas1919-Soror Bernice Copeland Lindsay - First black woman to graduate from the School of Journalism at The Ohio State University.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1921-Soror Sadie T. M. Alexander - First black woman to receive Ph.D. in economics in America. First black woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. First black woman admitted to the Pennsylvanial bar

delta sigma theta famous deltas1923-Soror Anna Johnson Julian - First Black student ever named to Phi Beta Kappa at the university of Pennsylvania. Fist Black woman in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in sociology.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1930-Soror Elsie Austin - First Black woman to graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1944-Soror Vivian Osborne Marsh - Only Black person in the U.S. to ever christen a navy cargo ship.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1945-Soror Betty P. Murray - First Black woman war correspondent.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1946-Soror Jean Murrell Capers Esq. - First Black woman to serve as Asst. County Prosecutor in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, OH).

delta sigma theta famous deltas1946-Soror Emma C. Clement - First Black woman to be named American Mother of the Year.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1946-Soror Beverly Greene - First Black woman to receive a degree in architectural science frome the University of Illinois.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1948-Soror Edith Irby Jones - First Black woman admitted to a southern white university and first Black student admitted to a southern white medical school when she entered the University of Arkansas medical school.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1954-Soror Patricia R. Harris - First Black woman to be named u.S. Ambassador to a foreign nation.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1959-Soror Juanita Kidd Stout - First Black elected to a judgeship in the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1964-Soror Frankie Muse Freeman - First woman member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1965-Soror Joycelyn Elders - First Black Resident Pediatrician at the University of Arkansas Medical Center.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1965-Soror Barbara Jordan - First Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1966-Soror Leontyne Price - Became the only soprano to have opened a season in both old and new opera houses.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1972-Soror Barbara Jordan - First Black person elected to the U.S. Congress from Texas since Reconstruction.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1974-Soror Ruth Bates Harris - First woman appointed Deputy Asst. Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

delta sigma theta famous deltas1977-Soror Queen D. Fowler - First Black woman school superintendent in State of Missouri.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1979-Soror Gwendolyn Boyd - First black woman to graduate from Yale university School of Engineering.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1979-Soror Rev. Dr. Pauli Murrary - First Black woman Episcopal priest in the U.S. Fist Black Attorney General in the State of California. Only woman in her law school class at Howard.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1982-Soror Sheila W. Clark - First Black woman to be admitted into partnership in a Big eight accounting firm.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1983-Soror Constance Clayton - First Black woman superintendent of the Philadelphia Public School System.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1985-Soror Ethel L. Payne - First Black woman journalist to cover international affairs.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1985-Soror Shirley A. Jackson - First Black woman to earn a doctorate in physics at MIT.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1986-Soror Edith W. Ming - First Black world president of the World Federation of Methodist Women.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1987-Soror Gloria R. Scott - First Black woman to serve as president of the Girl Scouts of America.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1988-Soror Juanita Kidd Stout - Highest ranking Black woman jurist on the Pennsylvania State Supreme court.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1988-Soror Niara Sudarkasa - First Black to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1990-Soror Carrie Meek - First Black woman elected to the Florida Senate.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1992-Soror Carrie Meek - First black woman elected to the U.S. House of representiatives from the state of Florida.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1993-Soror Elaine Jones - First woman named as Director and General Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1993-Soror Charlayne Hunter-Gault - First Black commencement speaker at the University of Georgia.

delta sigma theta famous deltas1994-Soror Carol Moseley-Braun - First Black woman elected to the United States Senate. First Black and First woman to hold county-wide office in Cook County, Illinoise prior to her election to higher office.


 

delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Alexa Canady, M.D. - at age 26 became the first Black woman neurosurgeon in the United States. She specializes in pediatric neurosurgery.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Aretha Franklin - acclaimed as the "Queen of Soul"


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Alexis Herman - the Secretary of Labor and a Cabinet Member in President Bill Clinton's administration


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Barbara Jordan - First black person elected to the Texas State senate.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Dr. Betty Shabazz - was the director of communications and public relations for Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. She is widely recognized as the widow of Malcolm X.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Carol Moseley Braun - First black woman elected to the United States senate.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Camille Cosby - married to actor/educator Bill Cosby, she is a philanthropist that has been involved in public service and education through funding black colleges.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Cicely Tyson - winner of 1974 Emmy for her role in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman."

delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Erica Dunlap - broke a 68-year-old color barrier by becoming the first African American Miss Florida. She is currently Miss America 2004.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Elaine R. Jones - the first woman to serve as Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is also the first African American woman graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the first African American woman elected to the American Bar Association Board of Governors.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Brigadier General Hazel Johnson Brown, Ph.D. - was the first African American woman general in the United States Army.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Jacque Reid - As anchor of BET Nightly News, she brings a wealth of experience and talent along with a stylish, contemporary presence to our country's only major, national newscast from an African-American perspective and she serves as the only African-American woman to anchor a nationwide newscast on a daily basis.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Jewel S. Lafontant - was the first American woman to be admitted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She was also the first female Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S. during the Nixon Administration.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Judith Jamison - has astounded audiences for years with her graceful dancing style. She has danced with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and has also organized her own modern-dance troupe - the Jamison Project. She currently works as the artistic director for the Alvin Ailey company.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Kimberly Aiken Cockerham - was crowned Miss America in 1994. She founded HERO (Homeless Education and Resource Organization), a homeless outreach that provided employment and educational training. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her community activism, including being invited to address the White House briefing on domestic violence. She was also ranked in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1994.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Keshia Knight Pulliam - Famous child star from "The Cosby Show" where she earned an Emmy nomination and numerous awards. She is currently involved in public service projects.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Kim Whitley - actress and host of talk show Oh Drama.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Lena Horne - This legendary singer and actress paved the way for other black female entertainers who wanted to make it in Hollywood and the entertainment world.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Leontyne Price - This sister with a powerful voice has won 18 Grammys and sang in leading opera houses around the world.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Mary McLeod Bethune - one of the most influential African-American women in United States history. As the founder of Bethune-Cookman College, she has provided an institution that will ensure a legacy of educational achievement. Also founded the National Council of Negro Women.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Nancy Wilson - This elegant singer has a record success which includes 60 albums, a Grammy, an Emmy, professional awards, and appearances in commercials and motion pictures.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Natalie Cole - This beautiful, soulful jazz/pop/R&B/Urban Contemporary singer is the daughter of the late Nat "King" Cole and is just as successful today as her legendary father.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Nikki Giovanni - Famous poet, recording artist and activist who has received numerous honors for her works.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Olympia Scott-Richardson - 2001/2002 Captain and starting center of Indiana Fever WNBA team where she achieved new career highs in scoring, rebounding and assists. She was the first Fever player to snatch 300 rebounds in a Fever uniform.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Patricia Roberts Harris - was the first Black woman to be appointed ambassador to a European country (Luxembourg) and to be appointed to a presidential cabinet post as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was later appointed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Paula Giddings - did an excellent job of researching the history of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her work is compiled in a very informative book that she authored - In Search of Sisterhood. She is currently working on a biography of the antilynching crusader Ida B. Wells.

delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Roberta Flack - Known as one of the country's most gifted performers, she has been recognized for her talents and also her charitable efforts for helping those in need.

 

delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Robi Reed-Humes- Emmy award winning Casting Director ("The Tuskegee Airmen") who has been a major contributor to the success of over 30 films, including eight with director Spike Lee ("Malcolm X). TV credits include Bill Cosby's "A Different World" and LL Col J's "In The House"


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Ruby Dee - Emmy award-winning stage, film, and television actress who performed in on- and off-Broadway productions including A Raisin In the Sun and Purlie Vicorious.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Selma Burke, Ph.D. - Incredible African American Female artist who designed the profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the United States dime.

delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Shirley Caesar - Just call this soulful sister with a powerful voice the "Queen of Gospel".

delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Shirley Chisholm - the first Black woman member of the U.S. Congress, was the first African American and first woman to run as a major party candidate for the presidency of the United States.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Theresa Merritt (Hines) - She is best known as a star of stage, screen and television. She starred on television in the family sitcom "That's My Mama."


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Vashti M. McKenzie - was recently elected first female Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


delta sigma theta famous deltasSoror Wilma Rudolph - was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympiad. Before she died, she served as Track Director and Special Consultant on Minority Affairs at DePauw University.



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"FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOMES, DECOR, STYLES & CAREER MAGAZINE, NOW IN WAL-MART"
July 23, 2006


The mega super store retailer chain, Wal-Mart, will add one more title to its name: distributor for How We Live Magazine: A showcase of African-American Homes, Décor, Style and Careers....The magazine showcases and celebrates minority and African-American distinction, creativity, history, culture, talent and beauty.

"The magazine primarily features the homes and lifestyles of African-Americans, but it is intended to affect the lives of readers from all ethnic backgrounds," said Soror Dana Tucker, founder and C.E.O. ...It highlights professionals who are masters of their craft and targets those who appreciate the tastes of varied cultures."

...She is active with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and Francis Burns UMC.

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Source: Black News






"SOROR STACI SHANDS CROWNED MS. NEW YORK 2006"
July 7, 2006


Brooklyn, New York: J'Lynn Howle, national director of Virtue International Pageants, crowned Staci Shands Ms. New York 2006. Ms. Shands will compete later this year for the national title of Ms. America International....The Ms. America International Pageant is designed especially to celebrate women ages 40 to 79 who are energetic, love life, liberty and freedom.

She attends church regularly at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York and spends her time volunteering and working with the homeless in her area. She is a member of the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Christian based service sorority founded to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in the community, promote academic excellence and offer support to the underserved. In addition Ms. Shands served in the United States Peace Corps as an agriculture volunteer in the Congo.

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SOROR ARETHA FRANKLIN IS RECIPIENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM"
November 9, 2005


President Bush honors 14 recipients Wednesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Of Ms. Franklin he said "...Aretha is still the best singer in the world, bar none. She finds meanings in lyrics that the composers didn't even know they had. She chills you, heats you, affects your soul. It's exhilarating." When Aretha Franklin recorded the song, "Respect," it became the number one hit in America, and she won the first of 17 Grammy Awards. Ms. Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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""NOW" SALUTES SOROR CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN'S HISTORIC BID FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES"
January 15, 2004


"Just as Sally Ride and Mae Jemison gave little girls hope that they could be scientists and space explorers, Carol Moseley Braun opened the door wider for girls and women to believe that they had a role and a say in the political process right here on earth. With her dignity and zeal, the former Senator from Illinois made history by qualifying for more state ballots than any other woman presidential candidate in history. Women leaders, at the local, state and national level, must be heard and elected to office to bring the full flavor and force of the total electorate to the challenges ahead.

Read article source: National Organization for Women(NOW)



"A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL FOR SOROR DOROTHY HEIGHT"
December 6, 2003


"I don't believe there is any recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal whose career has been as long or active as Dr. Height's," remarked Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-33rdCA), the sponsor of the legislation. "She is recognized as the preeminent social and civil rights activist of our time and is known as the grand dame of the America's civil rights movement. I am honored to be the sponsor of legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Height. " It was then spearheaded in the Senate by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and the honor was signed by President George W. Bush on December 6, 2003.

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source: Essence



"SOROR STACEY NICOLE LEE CROWNED MISS MICHIGAN USA 2004"
September 28, 2003


GM Corporate Auditor Stacey Nicole Lee, of Rochester Hills, MI, was recently crowned Miss Michigan USA 2004. Lee will represent the State of Michigan in the NBC national broadcast of the Miss USA 2004 pageant. The Universe Organization and Miss Michigan USA are focusing their efforts on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Literacy. Lee's platform for her Miss Michigan reign is Women's Wellness and Youth Excellence. She will be implementing and participating in programs and events targeting these areas.



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source: The Times Herald



"SOROR ERICKA DUNLAP OF FLORIDA IS THE NEW MISS AMERICA"
September 21, 2003


Dunlap, a senior at the University of Central Florida who hopes to become a lawyer, captured the title by beating out 50 other women, including a physician, two Harvard University graduates and a half-dozen other women either in law school or headed there. The victory, which won her $50,000 in scholarship aid to go with the $16,000 she won as Miss Florida, will help pay for her to finish college, where she majors in communication and prelaw. First, she plans to promote cultural diversity and awareness as she travels the nation as Miss America. “The ideal of inclusion is what our nation needs right now. We are facing very tough times. People aren’t being as inclusive as they should,” she said after her crowning.



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source: Washington Post

 

 


"SOROR VASHTI MCKENZIE, TO RECEIVE UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY'S HIGHEST HONOR"
August 11, 2003


Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York will award the Union Medal to Vashti Murphy McKenzie as part of the 168th Convocation ushering in a new academic year at the Seminary.Long recognized as a trailblazer for women in ministry, Vashti McKenzie is the first woman to be elected Bishop in the African American Episcopal Church, the nation's oldest African American denomination.In November 1997, she was listed as one of "Ebony's 15 Greatest African American Female Preachers." She is also National Chaplain of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Union Medalists "include people engaged in works of ministry in congregations, in public service, in government, in private realms of business, in the professions, in education, in the arts-indeed in any place where individuals are making an important difference that is congruent with Union's high purposes of faith and service."

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source: Delta Sigma Theta





"FIRST BLACK MISS FLORIDA, SOROR ERICKA DUNLAP, DEFIES STEREOTYPE"

August 5, 2003

The Miss Florida pageant, which has been running since 1935, has never had an African American titleholder, until Ericka Dunlap, 21, of Orlando, received the crown recently at the 2003 Miss Florida Pageant held in St. Petersburg. Not only is the new Miss Florida breaking a 68-year-old color barrier by reigning as the first African American Miss Florida, but she is also defying stereotypical ideas about "beauty queens." "Her platform on achieving cultural inclusion is timely and she blew away the competition with her answers to very tough questions. She will represent the state of Florida very well," Livesay said.

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