“A Conversation on Black Sisterhood and Suffrage”


Submitted by C. Gloria Akers

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter was invited by the Free Library of Philadelphia to participate in Making Her Mark, a visual exhibit and lecture series from November 2020 – October 2021.

On March 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, presented virtually to 400-plus registrants, “Black Sisterhood & Suffrage” featuring Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, 16th National President Delta Sigma Theta, in a conversation, moderated by C. Gloria Akers.

Dr. Daley presented significant contributions of Black women from the beginning of the Suffrage movement, which have historically been overlooked, including the March 3, 1913 Parade where Delta Founders bravely participated.  She regaled attendees with an overview of the struggle for the right to vote from Seneca Falls to the present.  In a surprise moment Dr. Daley, who serves as National Delta Sigma Theta Liaison for the Turning Point Suffragist Monument, introduced, Patricia D. Wirth, Executive Director Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association.   Mrs. Wirth shared the history of the Occoquan prison’s tortuous conditions suffragettes and others endured.  The Turning Point Suffragist Monument is being built on the prison site in Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia, and expected to open in the fall of 2021.

Mrs. Wirth commended and thanked Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter members for their donation to The Turning Point Suffragist Monument in September, 2020.  The chapter’s name will be placed on the Mary Church Terrell Wall.

Dr. Daley, using slides to highlight each discussion point, made the audience aware of not only the persons and organizations involved, but strategies and failures.  She gave the audience a graphic timeline of what it took to get the amendment ratified. Throughout she introduced the prominence of Mary Church Terrell, Nannie Burroughs, Mary McLeod Bethune and other African-American women who continuously planned and pursued the right to be included. 

Moving through the years of struggling to get the right to vote, Dr. Daley presented another surprise – National Commission on Social Action Co-chair Shavon Arline-Bradley who brilliantly outlined and brought all up to date on current voter suppression. She brought to the discussion what Delta is doing and must do as a Sisterhood – nationally, regionally, and locally to continue the RIGHT TO VOTE. 

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!!!

Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter is pleased to share the recording of “A CONVERSATION ON BLACK SISTERHOOD & SUFFRAGE”

The Virtual Presentation was crafted to make attendees aware of The Suffrage Movement from the Black Sisterhood Perspective. May you continue to pursue information from various sources. 


Submitted by C. Gloria Akers Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter was invited by the Free Library of Philadelphia to participate in Making Her Mark, a visual exhibit and lecture series from November 2020 – October 2021. On March …

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