Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913
by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. They participated in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1930.

Front Row: Mrs. Osceola McCarthy Adams, Mrs. Marguerite Young Alexander, Mrs. Winona Cargile Alexander, Mrs. Ethel Cuff Black. Mrs. Bertha Pitts Campbell, Mrs. Zephyr Chisom Carter

Second Row: Mrs. Edna Brown Coleman, Mrs. Jessie McGuire, Mrs. Frederica Chase Dodd, Mrs. Myra Davis Hemmings, Ms. Olive C. Jones, Mrs. Jimmie Bugg Middleton

Third Row: Mrs. Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Mrs. Vashti Turley Murphy, Mrs. Naomi Sewell Richardson, Mrs. Mamie Reddy Rose, Ms. Eliza Pearl Shippen, Mrs. Florence Letcher Toms, Mrs. Ethel Carr Watson, Mrs. Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Mrs. Madree Penn White, Mrs. Edith Motte Young

Delta Sigma Theta Founders

Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.

The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. More than ten thousand members typically attend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated's biennial national conventions, and each of the seven regional conferences (held during years when there is no national convention) typically hosts thousands of members. NATIONAL SITE

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Chapter History

The Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was formed from local members of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Tampa Alumnae Chapter worked cooperatively to assist in the organization, including sharing equal portion of the funds of the chapter.

The Bradenton Alumnae Chapter was chartered on August 19, 1978 at the Red Carpet Inn, near the county line of Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

The chapter was chartered by Southern Regional Director Soror Kathleen C. Wright of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There were sixteen charter members.
Following the chartering services, the chapter hosted a luncheon, which drew over 200 guests in attendance. The guest represented various clubs of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Soror Kathleen Wright served as
luncheon speaker. The chapter’s first president was Soror Lillie Covington.
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Bradenton Alumnae Charter Members

Delta Sigma Theta

Soror Florine Abel*
Soror Juanita Baker*
Soror Fredi Brown
Soror Sarah Buchanan*
Soror Lillie Covington* 
Soror Lency Dukes*
Soror Theresa Jones*
Soror Rheta McCray*
Soror Lucille McKinney*
Soror Carolyn Major-Harper
Soror Dorothy Middleton*
Soror Beverli Odom
Soror Shirley Shannon*
Soror Luella Taylor-Dinkins*
Soror Carolyn Thompson*
Soror Mary Watts*

*Deceased

Dwana Washington

Dwana D. Washington
Chapter President

Dwana is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC. There she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta through Alpha Chapter in Spring 1985. She is #17 on the Orchidaceous 34. After graduating, Dwana returned home to Washington, Pennsylvania and furthered her education at the University of Pittsburgh and became certified in elementary education. Her career followed in the steps of her grandmother Ruth, an elementary school principal in West Virginia and a soror. Her sister Jetaun is also a soror.

Dwana has been employed with Sarasota County Schools at Emma E. Booker Elementary School for the past 30 years where she currently provides academic intervention and serves as the Data Coach and Testing Coordinator. One of her most proud moments was attending a graduation celebration of a former student who received her doctorate degree!

She is a member of the Howard Club of Southwest FL, Inc., an alumni organization to promote the pride of her University, and is the Immediate Past President. One of her major undertakings was partnering the Howard Club with Booker High School to host a SAT workshop for over 200 high school students.

Dwana became involved with the Bradenton Alumnae Chapter thanks to the gentle nudging of her “other mother”, Soror Carolyn Harper. Her tireless work for Delta Sigma Theta has never gone unnoticed. Dwana has served the chapter in various capacities: 1st and 2nd Vice President, Recording Secretary, Co-Chair of Delta Academy, Co-Chair Crimson and Cream on the Green, Member of the Minerva Circle, and Co-Chair of Policies & Procedures. Dwana has presented locally at Impact Day and has attended Delta Days at the State Capital, as well as numerous National Conventions.
 

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BAC Deltas In the Spotlight

LaDon Sims: Making the jump

LaDon Sims: Making the Jump

The Bradenton Alumnae Chapter would like to congratulate our chapter member LaDon Sims on her inspiring weight loss! Read her story in this month’s issue of Sarasota Magazine! Sims trains with fellow Soror and The Pink Powerhouse owner Yakeitha Key Fields Fitch at The Pink Powerhouse in Bradenton!  READ MORE...

Empowering Voices

Soror Sharon Jefferson on Empowering Voices

We would like to give a special shout out to Bradenton Alumnae’s own, Sharon Jefferson! She was featured on ABC7 Sarasota - WWSB’s Empowering Voices on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Her topics included Delta Gems Provides Summer Enrichment For Girls. 
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Ronnique Major-Hundley:  Educating our Youth

The Bradenton Alumnae Chapter would like to shine the light on our own chapter member Ronnique Major-Hundley on being front page news and sharing her thoughts on teaching and what it takes to retain the best!
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Chapter News

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Sock It To Homelessness

Socks are one of the most requested items among the homeless population. Many homeless people walk several miles each day and spending considerable time on their feet causes socks to wear out quickly. People often donate coats or outerwear, but rarely do they donate new socks. Contact Us on how you can help!

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Bay Area Founders Day

On January 25, 2020, Bradenton Alumnae Members traveled to Heartland Church in Winter Haven to celebrate Bay Area Founders Day! The luncheon theme was “A Legacy of Love: Strengthening Sisterhood and Service”! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s National Chaplain, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie served as the Keynote Speaker!

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Go Red For Women

We want to thank all that came out to our annual Go Red for Women event on February 7, 2020! A special thank you to Yakeitha Key Fields Fitch and Key 2 Life Training for leading our talk on proper exercise and nutrition for a healthy heart!