Chartered in 1938, the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter is dedicated to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.'s core values of Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service. The Chapter serves the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area in numerous capacities, most importantly through Social Action and Public Service.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the largest African-American women's organization in the world, was founded by 22 college women in 1913 on the campus of Howard University. Today, the sorority has a membership of over 200,000 women in the United States and abroad, dedicated to public service through Delta's Five Point Programmatic Thrust:
- Economic Development
- Educational Development
- International Awareness and Involvement
- Physical and Mental Health
- Political Awareness and Involvement
The Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter develops and implements programs that support the organization's Five Point Thrust.
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The Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on April 10, 1938 by eight women who sought to bring the ideals and goals of Delta to the Oklahoma City Community.
In the year 1938, during the mild month of April on the tenth day, the seed was planted in the city of Oklahoma City bringing forth Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Eight Sorors planted this seed. Buzeder Ragland served as the chapter's first President; Sareeta Finley served as the first Vice-President, Rhoda Irving served as the first Secretary; and Maxine Gayles served as the first Treasurer. These Sorors served as pace setters for the future of public service in the African-American Community in Oklahoma City. This Chapter was chartered during the 25th year of the existence of Delta Sigma Theta on the National level. The National Organization was led by President Vivian Osborne March. There were approximately 100 chapters in existence at that time.
Eta Sigma, now the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter, shares its charter date with Beta Upsilon-Langston, OK; Beta Mu-Gary, IN; Raleigh Alumnae (Alpha Zeta Sigma)- Raleigh, NC; Beta Phi-Denver, CO; and Beta Rho-Ft. Worth, TX. Since its charter, the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter has faithfully pursued the ideals of Delta regarding Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service. The Chapter was identified as one of the top ten chapters in the sorority. There have been five Regional Directors, a National Secretary, an Elected Member of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee, and several National Committee Members from this chapter.
Today, the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter is 100-plus Sorors strong. Whether they are being an active voice in Oklahoma's Legislature or making AIDS awareness and Voter Registration active community concerns; or introducing our youth to cultural experiences, helping them to reach their full potential and educational goals while teaching them the importance of community service, these Sorors are still carrying out the visions of Delta's illustrious 22 Founders and the Chapter's eight Charter Members.
The Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter is a constant embodiment of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.