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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.  In 1957, we became  the  Long  Island Alumnae Chapter. Finally in 1964, we were renamed to Queens  Alumnae Chapter. Ethel Cuff Black, one of the 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was  one of the charter members of  the chapter.  Founder 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 postgraduate 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, Letitia Wilson Cuff, was the daughter of Moses and Susan Wilson, free Blacks and property owners.  Founder Black graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1915.  While at Howard University, she joined twenty-one other women in the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  On June 4, 1951, Founder Black and 10 other women chartered the Queens Alumnae Chapter in Queens, New York.

Founder Black married David Horton Black, a successful real estate agent and resided in Jamaica, New York.  Throughout her professional career, she taught in several institutions of learning.  Of significant note, she was the first African American teacher at P.S. 108 in South Ozone Park, New York.  After twenty-seven years of teaching at P.S. 108, she retired in 1957.  She enjoyed writing and received a special recognition award from Readers Digest.  After an illness, she entered eternal peace on September 22, 1977.


Chapter Charter Members

Award Winning Programming

Since 1951, 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  an 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 the Queens community. 


Some  of  the  programs include:


●  An annual tour of historically black colleges and universities

●  Ongoing voter registration and education

●  Preservation of the Lewis Latimer House Museum

●  Adoption of the New Horizon School for students with special needs in Accra, Ghana

●  Sponsor youth programs, such as The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy


The Queens  Alumnae Chapter continues to be the  recipient of numerous awards for its exemplary programs and initiatives, many of which are listed on our Regional Recognition page.

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