33 Famous and Notable Delta Sigma Theta Members You Should Know

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. Founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC their first act of public service was participating in the Suffrage March of 1913.

Among the four Divine Nine sororities, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. has some of the most distinguished members across all industries. Ranging from the arts to politics and government there are several notable Delta Sigma Theta Members who are also famous. 

If you’ve ever wondered if you should join a sorority, the below list of 33 women will surely persuade you. Beyond being associated with members who are considered famous, joining a sorority provides an immense opportunity to contribute to your community and make an impact through various philanthropic initiatives and sisterhood activities

What is an honorary Delta Sigma Theta?

Similar to our previous Famous AKAs blog post, this list includes honorary members of Delta Sigma Theta. Honorary Membership is the highest honor extended to women who have made significant contributions to society while excelling in their chosen fields.

Deltas in the Arts

  1. Lena Horne, Singer/Actress (Honorary) 
  2. Andra Day, Singer Actress (Honorary) 
  3. Cicely Tyson, Actress (Honorary) 
  4. Leddy “Ledisi” Young, Singer (Honorary) 
  5. Shirley Caesar, Singer (Honorary) 
  6. Aretha Franklin, Singer (Honorary)  
  7. Roberta Flack, Singer - Howard University, Alpha Chapter
  8. Natalie Cole, Singer - University of Southern California (USC), Upsilon Chapter
  9. Leontyne Price, Opera Singer (Honorary)  
  10. K. Michelle, Singer - Florida A&M University, Beta Alpha Chapter

Deltas in TV/Film/Journalism/Literature 

  1. Dr. Nikki Giovanni, Author (Honorary)
  2. Abby Philip, Journalist  (Honorary) 
  3. April Ryan, Journalist (Honorary) 
  4. Joy Reid, Journalist (Honorary) 
  5. Keshia Knight Pulliam, Actress - Spelman College, Eta Kappa Chapter 
  6. Kim Coles, Actress - Official Chapter: Alpha Lambda 
  7. Angela Bassett, Actress (Honorary) 
  8. Sheryl Lee. Ralph, Actress (Honorary) 
  9. Kym Whitley, Actress (Honorary) 
  10. Mara Brock Akil, Film Producer - Theta Alpha Chapter, Northwestern University
  11. Soledad O’Brien, Journalist (Honorary)
  12. Ambassador Shabazz, Public Speaker (Honorary) 

Deltas in Sports

  1. Collette V. Smith, NFL Coach (Honorary) 
  2. Candance Wiggins, WNBA - Stanford University, Omicron Chi Chapter
  3. Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Medalist - Tennessee State University, Alpha Chi Chapter

Deltas in Civil Rights, Politics & Government 

  1. Dorothy Height, Civil Rights Activist - Columbia University, Rho Chapter
  2. Mary McLeod Bethune, Civil Rights Activist, Presidential Cabinet Member (Honorary) 
  3. Shirley Chisholm, 1st African American Congresswoman - Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter
  4. Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Activist (Honorary) 
  5. Barbara Jordan - Former Congresswoman, Texas Southern University Delta Gamma Chapter
  6. Betty Shabazz - University of Massachusetts Amherst & New York Alumnae Chapter
  7. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Florida A&M University, Beta Alpha Chapter
  8. Michelle J. Howard (Honorary)

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