In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement

By | November 17, 2017
In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement Author Paula J. Giddings
ISBN-10 0688135099
ISBN-13 9780688135096
Year 2007-02-27
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
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This history of the largest block women s organization in the United States is not only the story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority DST but also tells of the increasing involvement of black women in the political social and economic affairs of America Founded at a time when liberal arts education was widely seen as either futile dangerous or impractical for blacks especially women DST is in Giddings s words a compelling reflection of block women s aspirations for themselves and for society Giddings notes that unlike other organizations with racial goals Delta Sigma Theta was created to change and benefit individuals rather than society As a sorority it was formed to bring women together as sisters but at the some time to address the divisive often class related issues confronting black women in our society There is in Giddings s eyes a tension between these goals that makes Delta Sigma Theta a fascinating microcosm of the struggles of black women and their organizations DST members have included Mary McLeod Bethune Mary Church Terrell Margaret Murray Washington Shirley Chisholm Barbara Jordan and on the cultural side Leontyne Price Lena Horne Ruby Dee Judith Jamison and Roberta Flack In Search of Sisterhood is full of compelling fascinating anecdotes told by the Deltas themselves and illustrated with rare early photographs of the Delta women

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