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Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has made giant strides on its journey toward reaching the high goals set forth by the sorority’s 22 founders. The chapter has the distinction of being founded by one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Soror Jimmie Bugg Middleton. It was on May 7, 1938 that she established Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was authorized to establish the chapter by the Grand President, Vivian Osbourne Marsh. At the time, North Carolina was one of the states included in the Eastern Region. Mary J. Nightengale, Eastern Regional Director, sent telegrams to Margaret Bugg, the acting chapter president, approving new candidates for induction.

There were 29 charter members, and of that number 15 were initiated at the time the chapter was established. They were as follows:

Thelma L. Barnes Ida C. Fowler Julia Young Seessoms
Ruth F. Boyer Carrie L. Harrison Flora Swayze
Hazel C. Edwards Selina Longhorne Fannie S. Womack
Thelma M. Blackburn Bernetta Lushington Rosalind Person Wright
 Jessie L. Dixon Mary D. McPherson Effie Yeargin

Charter members who were already Deltas through membership in undergraduate chapters were: Mattie Atkins; Ethel M. Blanks; Margaret Bugg; Mary Culler; Rosemary Curlely; Louise Graves; Gila Harris; Jessica Holle; Mildred P. Jones; Nellie B. Kyle; Amanda Middleton; Catherine Middleton; E. Louise Murphy and Christine Townes. Margaret Bugg was elected chapter president.

Alpha Zeta Sigma held its first Annual Jabberwock on May 12, 1939. It was held annually using the same format until 1958, when Gladys White, who later became active with the Greensboro Alumnae chapter, suggested the idea of recognizing high school seniors based on testing and talent and not on the amount of money they raised.

In 1956, during the 24th National Convention in Detroit there was an authorized name change for all graduate chapters of Delta and Alpha Zeta Sigma became the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter. The Jabberwock continued to be the main emphasis of the chapter from 1939 until 1974. Each year there was a different theme.

The chapter has been engaged in many activities during the course of its 84 year history. Some of them have been providing a Traveling Library to Franklin County, North Carolina in the 1950s; purchasing a Life Membership in the NAACP; sponsoring the “Candystripers” program at the Carolina School for the Blind; donating books and magazines to local hospitals; making financial contributions to the Method Day Care Center; and implementing a tutorial program at Chavis Heights housing project.

Raleigh Alumnae Chapter is indebted to the sorors who have served as president since 1938:

Margaret M. Bugg
1938-1942 ΩΩ
Christine Toole
1942-1944 ΩΩ
Ethel Lyle
1944-1946 ΩΩ 
Rosalie Bryant Hill
1946-1948 ΩΩ
Mabel Wortham
1948-1950 ΩΩ       
Elizabeth B. Cofield
1950-1954 ΩΩ
Victoria Moore
1954-1956 ΩΩ
Dr. Wilmoth Carter
1956-1957 ΩΩ  
Martha Davidson
Alberta Levingston
1958-1959 ΩΩ
Gila S. Harris
1959-1961 ΩΩ
Thelma T. Daley
Vivian M. Sansom

1962-1963 ΩΩ

Hazel N. Logan
Alice Solomon
1965-1967 ΩΩ 
Floreiss A. Turner

1967-1968 ΩΩ 

Mable H. Gray

1969-1970 ΩΩ

Lillian B. Abron

1970-1973 ΩΩ

Almena Nunn
1973-1977 ΩΩ
Elaine W. Perry
1977-1977 ΩΩ
Dorothy Goodson
1977-1979 ΩΩ
Genevieve Farmer
Lucille H. Webb
Alice H. Solomon
1985-1989 ΩΩ
Annette O. Watson
1989-1993 ΩΩ
Patsy Smith Morgan
Edna L. Davis
Denise F. Robinson
Carol A. Gartrell
Selene H. Brent
Shericca W. Morris
Jessica Whitaker
Jane Fox Long
Angela C. Hatton  
Lillian M. Davis 

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Raleigh Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 
P.O. Box 27414
Raleigh, NC 27611-7414

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