New York Alumnae Takes a Look at its Legacy


Submitted by Jimyce Johnston

As the sorority comes to the close of the program year, who would have imagined that New Yorkers would be sheltering in-place. During this time, many have lost loved ones. Others have not been able to visit family and friends. Most have halted our in-person chapter meetings, programs and events. 

Legacy can be defined as something that is a part of Delta’s history. As New York Alumnae Chapter will be celebrating its centennial in 2021 as the first graduate chapter, the chapter decided to take time to reflect on why they became members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Here are reflections from five groups of mother-daughter members in the chapter.

My Mother, My Daughter, My Legacy

Soror Maxine said that it was an honor to be initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with my oldest daughter, Tuere. Not only were we initiated in New York Alumnae Chapter, the illustrious first graduate chapter but we also are line sisters. Years later my other daughter, Tamara, was initiated into the New York Alumnae Chapter in 2015. Delta was the answer and we have never regretted it. 

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Soror Annette found that Delta is something that you “live;” you find yourself incorporating Delta’s values and standards in your life.  Delta lifts Women to a higher level than what society equated a Black Women should be.  I saw role models in Delta for me at my age and I was very impressed. Soror Lynette was inspired by members of the New York Alumnae Chapter that she had interacted with while applying for a Pan Hellenic Scholarship.

What pulled us to Delta was the strong, positive, like-minded, and educated women. The impact Delta sorors have made throughout history in areas of politics, entertainment, health, etc. The five-point programmatic thrust and commitment to the Black community.

What drew us to Delta is as one of our Founders said years ago, “we choose to serve.” Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization that calls its members to serve and care for our families, our communities, our nation and our world. As a mother and daughter team in Delta, they are about service. Soror Joan is one of the “Sweet Sixteen” charter members of the Bronx Alumnae Chapter and Soror Monique is currently a member of the Regional Arts and Letters Committee. 

Soror Lynnae became intrigued with the sorority through a high school friend, who subsequently became a member in her sophomore year. Her friend lauded the sorority and its values. Soror Dominique was drawn to the sorority because of her mother. She stated that most of the dynamic women in her early years were all members, so it never really seemed like much of a question.

In interviewing these sorors, the same words were used: common ambitions, passionate, role models, principles, guidance, impact, values. These are meaningful words that we can incorporated into everyday life. We are proud of the history of our chapter and its members.


Submitted by Jimyce Johnston As the sorority comes to the close of the program year, who would have imagined that New Yorkers would be sheltering in-place. During this time, many have lost loved ones. Others have not been able to visit family and friends. Most have halted our in-person chapter meetings, programs and events.  Legacy …

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