Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University . These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C. , March 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated in 1930.
A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Thrust of:
The Omicron Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was installed at Elon College on May 9, 1981 as the first historically African-American Greek letter organization. The women of the Omicron Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta brought several other firsts to Elon. In 1992, Delta Sigma Theta was the first historically African-American chapter to receive the Sorority of the Year. And, Mary Carroll Williamson, one of the Delta Sigma Theta charter members, was Elon’s first African-American Homecoming Queen.
At the time of the garden dedication, the Omicron Iota Chapter was not active. However, Elon University was committed to the women of Delta Sigma Theta through preserving its important role in the history of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and committed to the return of the chapter. A space was reserved and the Delta Sigma Theta monument was placed in the garden at the time the chapter regained active status. On behalf of all of the current undergraduate members of NPHC we thank the charter members of the Omicron Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for beginning the tradition of black Greek life at Elon.