History of Southfield Alumnae Chapter

The Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (SAC) was chartered on November 17, 1984. Due to the vision and efforts of 31 women, SAC became the 738th chapter of our Grand Chapter, the first African-American Greek letter organization to be established in the city of Southfield, Michigan, and one of the city’s first African-American women’s organizations. Today, SAC has more than 400 members.

The chapter is proud of its Tutorial Program, which was established in 1985 and serves Southfield-area students. The chapter sponsors youth enrichment programs including the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy and Delta GEMS, which assist young people with service projects and academic enrichment while promoting scholarship and cultural endeavors. SAC also sponsors EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence), a collaborative program that focuses on the plight of African-American males. Additionally, the chapter supports the Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. and the scholarship-based Cotillion Ball.

Throughout each year, SAC holds economic symposiums, political candidate forums, domestic & sexual violence awareness forums, health awareness clinics and other programs that address issues pertaining to women and minorities. The chapter is also regularly involved in voter registration drives, and programs that feed the homeless, assist children’s shelters, and support seniors who reside in nursing homes.

As SAC continues its work in the community, the chapter believes in forming a coalition with other organizations to address the plight of those negatively impacted by economic and social ills.

Southfield Alumnae Chapter Charter Members

Deborah A. BaberL. Maxine Thomas JonesGwendolyn Powell-Cromartie
Martha McGregor BrownConstance Williams JosephRosemary Leonard Reed
Beverly Allen-CousinAntoinette Holly LettMary Sharp Richards
Sandra Stilla DaggsBarbara M. McArthur, Ph.D.Ingrid Rivers
Olivia Brown DysonMichele McArthurJanet Hardie Stewart
Mary Taylor EnochDaisy Woods MidgettNatalia Tanner-Cain, M.D.
Gloria Blanks HardyDorothy Lett OgletreeRosalie Mahaley Trent
Shirley Brown HarveyLynn Floyd OliverBrenda Edmonds Wallace
Bobbie K. Hentrel, Ph.D.Carolyn Howard ParnellPatricia D. Williams
Lasenia Howie JonesVivian PhillipsLisa Love Wright
Joy Downs Young

Southfield Alumnae Chapter Past Presidents


1984-88 Olivia B. Dyson1992-95 Peggy J. Harrell2002-06 LaNita R. Haith-Williams, Esq.
1988-90 Dr. Mary J. Leonard1995-98 Carolyn Parnell Stansbury2006-10 Carolyn A. Drake
1990-92 Arlene H. Young1998-2002 Mary J. Richards2010-14 Marcia D. Griffin
2014-18 Danita L. Wimbush2018-20 Kecia Millender Thurman