Renaissance Women Virtual Tour – Day Six


Zephyr Chisom CarterZephyr Chisom Carter – Featured as one of two seniors in Crisis Magazine in 1913, Zephyr Carter soon after began her teaching career in San Antonio, TX. Further pursuits led her to California where she attended business college and went on to sing backgrounds for movies and television shows.



The History of Jabberwock
In an interpretation of the immortal classic “Alice in Wonderland,” Lewis Carroll created the delightful character known as “Jabberwock” who summoned all of the creatures in the kingdom to perform a gala event. Being mindful of this concept, Delta member Marian G. Conover Hope of Iota Chapter (Boston, Massachusetts) creatively recalled this mystical character, but in a dramatically different manner, when faced with the challenge of devising plans for a fundraising project. Conceptualized in 1925 as a musical variety show that consisted of skits and dances, the Jabberwock has since evolved into a more diverse program that continues to raise funds for scholarships and other Delta sponsored public service projects.

The word Jabberwock, copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has evolved in its symbolism over the past eighty years. It now represents an evening of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of the young women participating in the program while advancing the goals and objectives of Delta’s scholarship program. —  Courtesy of Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Florence Cole TalbertSoror Florence Cole Talbert-McCleave (June 17, 1890-April 3, 1961) was born an African American soprano in Detroit, Michigan. In 1910, she moved to Los Angeles with her family and was the first African American to attend Los Angeles High School. Afterward, she studied at the University of Southern California and the Chicago Musical College. She began her singing career in New York City in 1918 and later married pianist and director, William P. Talbert. Soror Talbert was one of the first African American women to record commercially. After retirement, she became a singing teacher in Los Angeles and also composed the words to Delta Sigma Theta’s official hymn.