The Delta Sigma Theta Connection

Howard University and the Terrell LeDroit Cultural Center Board (TLC) have partnered in the restoration and preservation of the Mary Church Terrell home located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has joined this collaboration and will assist in soliciting support from various sources in the process of adapting the historic space for public use as a museum and cultural center in the Historic LeDroit Park area adjacent to Howard University. The completed project will be a testament to the life and work of Mary Church Terrell allowing a new generation of young persons to be inspired to make a significant contribution to the greater good of their community. The project will afford major donors a unique chance for naming opportunities as we seek acapital campaign goal to complete this initiative.

Mary Church Terrell and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

The legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,Inc. is inextricably tied to the legacy of Mary Church Terrell. In 1913 and 1914, Mary Church Terrell lent her efforts to assisting in the formation of a pioneer Greek Letter national college sorority among the undergraduate women of Howard University. They took the name, Delta Sigma Theta. Terrell played an integral and vital role in its development contributing not only to the prestige of her sponsorship but also its foundational framework through the creation of the Delta Oath. In this oath,she places responsibility for leadership directly upon the shoulders of these young women by reason of their education and superior academic achievement.

In 1913, the activist and suffrage Terrell led the young Delta coeds in their first public act as an organization: marching down Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue (with the Delta banner aloft) in the famous women suffrage demonstration on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Her imprint of activism and dedication to public service continues to shape the mission of the organization today. Delta Sigma Theta is proud to have Mary Church Terrell as a member of its sisterhood and is appreciative of the wise guidance that she provided during the early years of its inception.