Greetings from our President

Greetings Sorors and Friends,

The Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to welcome you to our official website. Chartered almost 85 years ago, the Dynamic Detroit Alumnae Chapter is charged with moving Forward with Faith, Fidelity, and Fortitude as we continue to work in our service area, Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park. In serving the community, we are carrying out the vision of our 22 Founders – a journey begun by DAC’s 29 Charter Members and guided by the 43 sorors who have served as Chapter Presidents over these past eight decades.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded by 22 college women in 1913 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Since its founding, more than 350,000 women have been initiated, making Delta Sigma Theta one of the largest African American women’s organizations. Today, the Sorority’s members in the United States and abroad are dedicated to public service through our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:

  • Economic Development
  • Educational Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Political Awareness and Involvement

We invite you to partner with us in our undertaking, to make even more significant contributions as we continue to serve the metropolitan Detroit community.

Sisterly love,
Stephanie L. Williams
Chapter President
Detroit Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Our Chapter History

The Detroit Alumnae Chapter was chartered on May 13, 1939 as Alpha Pi Sigma Chapter and was renamed Detroit Alumnae Chapter in 1958. Detroit Alumnae, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2019, is one of the largest chapters in the Sorority with membership averaging more than 800 Detroit Deltas annually. Chapter members have risen to serve on the regional and national levels of the Sorority. From 1971-1975, 14th DAC President Lillian Pierce Benbow served the Sorority as the 15th National President. Most recently, 41st DAC President Lois E. Bingham was selected as the executive director of the sisterhood.

Since its chartering, Detroit Deltas have instituted programs and projects that have significantly benefited the residents of the city. These have included innovative efforts like the Delta Home for Girls, which for more than 40 years housed young girls who had been removed from their homes by the courts and Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice, a college-preparatory high school. Delta Prep was the nation’s first school created by a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization. An ongoing project is Delta Manor, a senior citizens apartment building that has served residents since 1989.

Detroit Alumnae Chapter has been honored by the community and the Sorority. Beginning in 2013, Delta’s centennial year, the Chapter was honored to have service projects and artifacts of its productive programming displayed in a full gallery exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. DAC’s service was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle which named Detroit Deltas their Newsmaker of the Year. Over the years Detroit Deltas have won numerous awards at the state, regional and national levels of the Sorority, including Midwest Region Large Alumnae Chapter of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017; Delta Dear of the Year, International Awareness and Involvement, as well as Economic Development Awards in 2018. The Chapter also placed as a finalist in these categories in 2019: Educational Development, Political Awareness and Involvement, Emergency Response Team, and Chapter of the Year..

Meet our Elected Officers

Member NameCommitteeEmail
Yolanda DayArts and Letters
Felecia BakerBudget and Finance Committee
Nina ScottChoir
VeronCia DaffinDr. Betty Shabazz Academy
Janeal GarryCommunity Outreach
Veronica LindseyDelta Dears
Janella RobinsonDelta GEMS
Jaye SandersEconomic Development
Shelley EsterEMBODI
Deborah McCrearyEmergency Response Team
Brandy McMillionEvent Coordinating
LaCharmine JeffersonHeritage and Archives
Clarice Ogilvie PoseyHospitality
Robyn JohnsonHousing and Properties Chair
Denise Thames JacksonInternal Audit Cmt, Chair
LyShay McGowanInternational Awareness and Involvement
Stephanie L. HobsonMembership Services
Alicia NailsNewsletter
Katrenia CampProgram Planning & Development
Marcileen PruittProtocol
Alicia NailsPublic Relations
Mary MeeksRisk Management
Marilyn Smith-HinesRitual and Ceremonies
Jenice Mitchell FordRules of Order and Policies and Procedures
Katrenia CampScholarship
Colleen AustinSister Circles
Donyale Stephen-AtaraSocial Action
Katrina V. YoungSpecial Services (Omega Omega)
Jacinta MbaTechnology
Staci BrooksWays and Means Chair, Special

Charter Members

Loretta McKee (Briscoe)*Esther Randall (LaMarr)*Mamie Alexander*Elizabeth Cole*
Lucy B. Morris*Ruth Routt (King)*Gladys Barthwell*Irene Duncan Wise
Sue Morton*Louise Sims*Marquerite M. BleachHortense Fears*
Elizabeth Morton*Margret SmithEleanor Boykin (Jones)*Maxine Fears (Worsham)*
Wilamette Mosby*Zelma Sykes (Sparks)*Marion Carter*Bertha Lantoin*
Frances Owens*Marion TaylorEthel Childs (Baker)*Victoria McCall (Davenport)*
Ernestine PostlesHelen Thomas*Phyllis Colden*Ruby McLendon (Wills)*
Edith Watson (Bland)*

Past Presidents

Larmender Davis
Shirletha Simms Binion 1997-1999LaBarbara Gragg
Junetta Robison Watt* 1955-1957
Lois Bingham
Barbara J. Benford* 1995-1997Ora Williams Carter* 1973-1975Margaret Piper* 1953-1955
LaNeice Jones
Kay Diane Armstrong 1993-1995Bernadine Newsom Denning*
Ahnastasia Dudley* 1951-1953
Marcia A. Jackson 2013-2015Bernice Finley Morton* 1991-1993Virginia Munger*
Mathilda Williams* 1949-1951
Beverly A. Gray
Rose Marie Dickens Swanson
Juanita Williams Stafford 1967-1969Frances Langford Owens*
Mardi L. Woods
Evelyn V. Browne* 1987-1989Eleanor Boykin Jones* 1965-1967Gladys W. Barthwell* 1946-1947
Anitta Y. Orr
Carol Sayers Puryear* 1985-1987Lillian Pierce Benbow* 1963-1965Roberta McGuire Pickett*
Barbara J. Anderson 2005-2007Mattie Jones Johnson 1983-1985Dorothea Flounoy Jackson* 1961-1963Lucy Belle Morris* 1943-1944
Jessye Verona Franklin 2003-2005Velma Mobley*
Lillian Pierce Benbow* 1963-1965Cecil Boykin McFadden* 1942-1943
Marion E. Binion 2001-2003Jean Sharon Porter 1979-1981Esther LaMarr*
Marion Carter*
Edythe Hayden Friley 1999-2001Carrie Rogers Brown 1977-1979Helen Garvin*