About Us

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.  Founded on January 13, 1913, by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University.  The Sorority is currently a sisterhood of more than 350,000 initiated women with over 350,000 and over 1,000 chapters located worldwide. This includes collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, 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 Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Social Action.

Chapter History

In January 1965, Earnestine Holmes and Germaine Stevens collaborated and had a conversation about creating a chapter to serve Goldsboro, NC. Subsequently, they reached out to all the members of their sorority in the area to gauge their interest. An initial meeting was organized at Earnestine Holmes’ residence, where sixteen ladies attended. The attendees included O’Nita Baker, Christine S. Bryant, Gertrude A. Cox, Mankie B. Durham, Pearl M. Foster, Margaret D. Grady, Ernestine B. Holmes, Mamie L. Hoskins, Delia Herring, Lois Hodges, Carlinda Jones, Earnestine Lucas, Elaine Rice, Mary B. Smith, Germaine Stevens, and Barbara Waymer.

On February 7, 1965, these sixteen ladies convened with Edythe Tweedy, the South Atlantic Regional Director, to discuss the process of establishing a charter. They agreed to hold regular meetings on the first Sunday of every month at 3:30 pm.

Subsequently, on May 5th, 1965, a formal application was submitted to request the establishment of a charter. The chartering ceremony was then scheduled for October 23, 1965, at East End Elementary School. Edythe Tweedy, the South Atlantic Regional Director, presided over the ceremony, and a total of 22 ladies were included on the chartering roster.

Charter Members

Throughout the years, the Goldsboro Alumnae Chapter has upheld the principles set by the national founders and local charter members. As the chapter progresses and expands, its dedication to serving Wayne County remains unwavering.