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Historical Reflection

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

On December 9, 1933, twenty years after the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on the campus of Howard University, eight college graduates applied for a charter to begin a chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in Chattanooga, Tennessee. These women were Eva (Baker) Mabrey, Gussie (Griffin) Hyatte, Lydia Henderson, Minerva Johnson, Onnie Nickels, Rose (Upshaw) Harris, Lexine Weeks, and Martha (White) Carney.  

Eight years later, after a long and somewhat difficult process, the dream was realized. Beta Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on May 24, 1941.

Emma Jefferson served as the Chapter's first President.

Fifteen years following the Chapter's chartering,

the Beta Epsilon Sigma Chapter became known as the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter. 

Charter Members

O’Teele Alfred*
Martha White Carney*
Evelyn Robinson Hardin*
Rose Upshaw Harris*
Lydia Henderson*
Frances Hudson*
Gussie Griffin Hyatte*
Emma Jefferson*
Eva Baker Mabrey*
Ruth Roberts Micheaux*
Emarita Pitts Murphy*
Lutrecy O’Neal Murphy*
Marian Robinson*
Lexine Howse Weeks*


Historical Reflection: About Us

Our Past Chapter Presidents

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Our Past Chapter Presidents

Here at Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, we are driven by a collective goal--do our part in making the world a better place for all! Our chapter continues to thrive due to the phenomenal women leaders in the past. Their visionary leadership allowed our chapter to continue the pursuits of sisterhood and social action.

Valara Sample, 2016-2020
Wanda Gocher-Johnson, 2014-2016
Saundra J. Adams, 2012-2014
Dr. Angelnetta M. Ulmer, 2010-2012
Lucrecia Ramsey, 2008-2010
Stephanie M. Orr, 2006-2008
Dr. Willie Mae Hubbard, 2004-2006
Linda Elligan, 2002-2004
Alexia Phinizey, 2000-2002
Frankie Anderson, 1998-2000
Zebedee R. Williams, 1997-1998
Christine Hicks, 1996-1997
Charlaine Price, 1994-1996
Barbara Thomas*, 1993-1994
Dr. Edna Varner, 1991-1993
Carol O'Neal, 1989-1991
Lori Harris Hammond, 1987-1989
Deborah Greene, 1986-1987
Jewell Cousin, 1984-1986
Dorothy Robbs*, 1982-1984
Marsha Provost Logan*, 1980-1982
Betty Davis*, 1978-1980
Julia Pettyjohn-Jennings, 1976-1978
Christine Hicks, 1974-1976
Frances Hudson*, 1972-1974
Ruth Millender*, 1970-1972
Lillyann Pitts*
Mary Rachel Curtis*
Ethel Hixson*
Alma Brown*
Mary Jo Guines
Marie Jackson Wilson*
Thelma Whitaker*
Rebecca Hight*
O'Teele Alfred*
Martha White Carney*
Gussie Griffin Hyatte*
Emma Jefferson*


Historical Reflection: Who We Are
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