Global Excellence Through Service and Fortitude
The Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on June 4, 1951. The present chapter name is actually its third. The original name was Delta Theta Sigma Chapter. This in turn became the Long Island Alumnae Chapter until 1965 when Nassau Alumnae Chapter was chartered. At that point we were renamed Queens Alumnae Chapter. Ethel Cuff Black, a Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was one of the charter members of the chapter. Soror Cuff Black remained active until her retirement. At present, the chapter has over 200 members; all hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. Approximately 75% of the membership hold graduate degrees. The chapter welcomes the opportunity to partner with other organizations and community leaders that share the same goals and ideals. The charge of the chapter continues to be that of offering programs and services for the betterment of humanity.
Ethel Cuff Black
Ethel Cuff Black was born October 17, 1890 in Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother, Susan Wilson Cuff, was the daughter of Moses and Susan Wilson, free Blacks and property owners. Ethel graduated cum laude at Howard University in 1915. While at Howard University, she joined twenty-two other women in the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. On June 4, 1951, Ethel and 10 other women chartered the Queens Alumnae Chapter in Queens, New York.
Ethel married David Horton Black, a successful real estate agent and resided in Jamaica, New York. Throughout her professional career, Mrs. Black taught in several institutions of learning. Of significant note was her tenure at P.S. 108 in South Ozone Park, New York. After twenty-seven years of teaching at P.S. 108, she retired in 1957. Ethel especially enjoyed writing, receiving special recognition and eventually an award from Readers Digest. After an illness, she entered eternal peace on September 22, 1977.
Queens Alumnae Chapter Charter Members
Evelyn Letcher*, Helen Harvey Logue Aubry*, Virginia Ross Love*, Mae Hubert Brooks*,
Willa B. Eaton Pardo*, Emalena Jones Davis - North*, Gertrude Thompson*, Myrtle Price Jarmon*,
Vivian Williams*, Mary Washington Johnson*
Award Winning Programming
Over the past 66 years Queens Alumnae has worked tirelessly to award scholarships to deserving students though its scholarship program. The Chapter has awarded well over half of a million dollars in scholarships to date. Each year the chapter implements a full program agenda that encompasses the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. The charge of the chapter continues to be that of offering programs and services for the betterment of mankind. Some of the programs that the chapter sponsors in the Queens community include:
● Teen Lift annual tours of historically black colleges and universities
● Social Action Program updates such as ongoing voter registration
● Project Cherish’s restoration of the house of African American inventor Lewis H. Latimer
● Adoption of the New Horizon School for students with special needs in Accra, Ghana
● The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
The Queens Alumnae Chapter has been the recipient of various awards for its exemplary programs and initiatives. In 2008, the chapter received the Queens Borough President's Education Award. During the 2008 National Convention, Queens Alumnae Chapter received the Technology Award for Outstanding Chapter website. In 2011, at the Eastern Region Conference, Queens Alumnae was awarded the distinction of “Chapter of the Year.” In 2015, the chapter received the Exemplary Economic Development Award. In 2016, Queens Alumnae was awarded the Exemplary Social Action Award. At the 53rd National Convention held in August 2017, the chapter had the unique distinction of receiving awards for both the Exemplary EMBODI Program and Interactive Technology Achievement. Finally, the chapter also received the Eastern Region Chapter of the Year Award in 2017.