When I hear the names of the founders of my organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated – Osceola McCarthy Adams, Marguerite Young Alexander, Winona Cargile Alexander, Ethel Cuff Black, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Zephyr Chisom Carter, Edna Brown Coleman, Jessie McGuire Dent, Frederica Chase Dodd, Myra Davis Hemmings, Olive C. Jones, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Vashti Turley Murphy, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Mamie Reddy Rose, Eliza Pearl Shippen, Florence Letcher Toms, Ethel Carr Watson, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Madree Penn White, and Edith Motte Young – I immediately think of my pledgeship and how my line sisters and I had to learn those names…in alphabetical order. I remember the days and nights studying who they were and why they were so important to us. I also remember the pride that I felt knowing that I would be a part of an organization founded by such illustrious women of color.
These women have inspired me to go on to higher heights. As a Delta, you are expected to be better, know more, and do more. When you read what our founders accomplished in their lifetimes, it makes you want to aspire to greatness.
The founders were great educators, well organized, and artistic. The reason we exist is because of service. Several of the founders were dissatisfied with the lack of service in the organization they left to found Delta. Being a Delta means you are willing to give back to your community in an inventive and innovative way. Many great Sorors are known because of their service – service to their country and service to their craft. Sorors like Shirley Chisholm, Ruby Dee Davis, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Barbara Jordan, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Gwendolyn Boyd, Vashti McKensie, Natalie Cole, Wilma Rudolfph, Cicely Tyson, and our own illustrious president, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, to name a few.
Being a Delta also means financially supporting the organization that has given you the clout to say, “I’m a Delta.” For a couple of years I myself was inactive, but I always felt so guilty saying I was a Delta and not being able to admit to being an active part of an alumnae chapter. The reason I wanted to be a Delta and never even looked at or considered any of the other organizations was the respect that I had for those who were Deltas, the respect I felt I would have as a Delta, and the community service they participated in. I have often wondered why one would become a part of an organization and not support it or participate in it in any way possible. Yes, there may be extenuating circumstances, but the bottom line is that we became a part of this great organization with the full knowledge that it was a service organization and that our affiliation would be for life.
I love Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I have made some great friendships doing the work. To this day, I continue to respect the organization, the people involved, and the work that we do. Yes, we do a lot, and we are involved in much. But the work is important enough for us to take the time to do it, and to be thankful for the opportunity.
“To whom much is given, much is required.”
Soror Annetra Piper
About the Author
Annetra Wagner Piper began her career as an educator and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Houston and a Master of Education degree from Prairie View A&M University.
Annetra was raised in Houston, where she developed her love of words and of writing. Annetra’s novels are Christian-based and would fit in the genre of Christian fiction, although they are full of drama! The characters are so real they make you wonder if Annetra has been around your family.
An avid traveler and reader, Annetra Piper is married to her college sweetheart and has three awesome children. She released her most current novel, Living With No Regrets, in collaboration with her mom, Earnestine Bryant Wagner, who provided the delicious recipes of foods mentioned in the book.
Her first novel, a love story entitled When You Think of Me, was well received. Annetra Wagner Piper continues to work in an administrative capacity in the field of education. Between taking care of her family and working with non-profit organizations and her church, she is extremely busy and fulfilled. Annetra lives in the Houston area. She is an active member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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About the book
Cherrelle Elliot has been betrayed by both family and friends. On the day of her wedding, her fiancé jilts her at the altar and marries her first cousin. She is devastated to find that her family members have accepted the relationship without regard to her feelings when she sees her ex-fiancé, cousin, and their new child being admired at the family reunion. Her grief and embarrassment cause her to leave her home city of New Orleans and move to Houston.
After years away from New Orleans, Cherrelle’s grandmother asks her to chair the family reunion committee, but she refuses. Reassigned to New Orleans to work on a new project for her company, she is forced to take a matured look at her family, and Cherrelle realizes that some things have changed. Her grandmother is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, her sister is being abused by her husband, and her father is missing to name a few. The only things that make life in New Orleans bearable are the foods that remind her of the love of her family and an unexpected reunion with Cory, a childhood friend she secretly had a crush on.
Her grandmother’s disease forces Cherrelle to take over the family reunion, but plans are interrupted when Hurricane Katrina roars through, causing havoc for the family as members are separated from one another.
Living With No Regrets is a story of how Cherrelle and her family deal with betrayal, forgiveness, family, love, reunion planning, Alzheimer’s, and spousal abuse. Recipes to the meals that routinely bring the family together are included.
Vashti Turley Murphy – a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from M Street High School, which later known as Dunbar High School and was the first public high school for Blacks in the United States. After graduation, Ms. Turley attended the Minor Normal School, which was associated with Howard University. In 1908, she was appointed to teach in Washington public schools. Mrs. Murphy was also an ardent supporter of the major political issues of the day-voting rights for women. Later in life, she married Carl Murphy publisher and editor of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper was an active member of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of College Women. Her granddaughter is Soror Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.