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


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.

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*




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. 

American Red Cross

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!

Chapter News


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!


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!


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!