WE. ARE. CENTRAL!
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is divided into seven (7) geographic subdivisions identified as regions: Central, Eastern, Farwest, Midwest, South Atlantic, Southern and Southwest. Each chapter within the organization is assigned to a region based on its geographic location.
The Central Region was established in 1932. The first Central Region Conference being held May 14, 1932 with First Vice President Naomi Cherot presiding.
During the first years of Delta's existence, tremendous growth and the establishment of chapters throughout the nation provided the Sorority with a geographically and culturally diverse membership. As our ranks grew, travel restrictions sometimes precluded participation in National Convention activities by the most geographically dispersed sorors. This challenge was viewed as an opportunity for the establishment of "regional conferences" with each region hosting a biennial meeting in the year Grand Chapter does not assemble. Regional Conferences offer members the opportunity to further Delta's mission, ideals, and principles through internal development, to strengthen their bond of sisterhood, and to plan for meaningful, relevant public service.
Central Region Historical Facts & Accomplishments
Delta Founders Bertha Pitts Campbell was born in Winfield, Kansas; Wertie Blackwell Weaver was from Kansas City, Missouri; and Madree Penn White, the driving force and inspiration behind the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was originally from Atchison, Kansas. Later as a young child, she relocated to Omaha, Nebraska.
The label "Charismatic and Courageous" was coined during a regional leadership retreat under the administration of Past Regional Director Gayona L. Washington. She also published the first Central Region website and, in 2002, created the C3 logo, which has become a symbol to represent the Central Region. She also commissioned a song for the Region called "Central Region So Easy To Love."
The Central Region proudly touts prominent Delta leadership from our ranks, including our very own 14th National President Frankie Muse Freeman, Esq., who served from 1967-1971. Frankie Muse Freeman was an active member with the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, located in St. Louis, MO. She served as Honorable Co-Chair on several National Committees, Commissions, and Taskforce. She is most noted for being a civil rights attorney and becoming the first woman appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 1982 she created the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, and in 2015 President Barack Obama appointed Frankie Muse Freeman to the Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Region was blessed to celebrate her birthday when she turned 100 years old on November 21, 2016. In 2017, a bronze statue was erected in her honor located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
The Region is blessed to have Honorary Member Wilma J. Webb the first African American First Lady for Denver, Colorado, when her husband Wellington Webb was elected as the first African American Mayor in 1991. She was also the first First lady to hold a political office and the first African American member on the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee, where she was instrumental in helping to secure a $4 billion state budget in 1981.
The Central Region is proud to have four single letter collegiate chapters. Delta Chapter, located in Iowa, celebrated 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service in 2019. The Omicron Chapter is located in Nebraska; Phi Chapter is located in Iowa, and Psi Chapter is located in Kansas.
As members have served at all levels in the organization, our legacy of leadership runs deep in the Central Region. The region has had twenty-four regional directors with Dr. Felicia C. Echols currently serving as the 25th Central Regional Director. There have been twenty-three regional representatives, Alaina M. Kent presently serves as the 24th Central Regional Representative.
As the Central Region continues to evolve the phrase We. Are. Central inspired by Immediate Past Regional Director Jacqueline A. Dillard, has now become synonymous when Delta's speak about the leadership, impact, and contributions made by the sorors from Central Region. The song "Central Region Big 6 Plus 1" inspired and sung by the Delta Denverettes from the Denver Alumnae Chapter exudes how the region is central in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
WE ARE CENTRAL!