List of Delta Sigma Theta National Conventions

Delta Sigma Theta National Conventions.

Number Location Dates Significant outcomes Refs
70001000000000000001st Howard University, Washington, D.C. 01919-12-27December 27, 1919 Three of existing five chapters present. Plans made to nationalize.
70002000000000000002nd Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio 01920-12-28December 28, 1920 Convention authorized The Delta Journal; Honorary Members; The Delta May Week and its slogan, "Invest in Education"; and Alumnae Chapters.
70003000000000000003rd University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 01921-12-31December 31, 1921 Committee on Standards appointed, also Committee on Scholastic Grades. Hosted by Gamma chapter.
70004000000000000004th Chicago, Illinois 01922-12-01December 1922 Convention authorized a Scholarship Award Fund and a College Tuition Loan Fund
70005000000000000005th Columbus, Ohio 01923-12-27December 27, 1923–01923-12-30December 30, 1923 Honorary membership accorded Mary M. Bethune. Alpha Phi Alpha convention in Columbus at same time. Hosted by Epsilon chapter.
70006000000000000006th YWCA on 137th street, New York City, New York 01924-12-27December 27, 1924–01924-12-31December 31, 1924 Delta Sigma Theta Hymn adopted. Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta New York Alumni Chapter.
70007000000000000007th Des Moines, Iowa 01925-12-27December 27, 1925–01925-12-31December 31, 1925 Regional Conferences established. Revision of nomenclature for chapters.
70008000000000000008th Cincinnati, Ohio 01926-12-01December 1926 First drive against inactivity in chapters.
70009000000000000009th Washington, D.C. 01927-12-01December 1927 Strengthened program. Appointment of a National Vigilance Committee
700110000000000000010th Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 01929-12-27December 27, 1929 The First Biennial Convention. Policies set for internal organization.
700111000000000000011th Nashville, Tennessee 01931-12-28December 28, 1931 First mixed Chapter authorized
700112000000000000012th Chicago, Illinois 01933-08-27August 27, 1933 Increased concern for standards. "B" rated schools accepted for Delta.
700113000000000000013th Los Angeles, California 01935-08-10August 10, 1935–01935-08-15August 15, 1935 Office of Executive Secretary created, not to be filled for some time.
700114000000000000014th Cleveland, Ohio 01937-12-27December 27, 1937–01937-12-31December 31, 1937 Much dissension about internal affairs.
700115000000000000015th St. James Presbyterian Church, Harlem, New York City, New York 01939-08-28August 28, 1939–01939-08-31August 31, 1939 Theme:"Broader Horizon for the Youth of Tomorrow" 114 chapters represented. All chapters required to take membership in NAACP. More support enlisted for Urban League. National officers cautioned to report only "facts," not "sentiment." Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta New York Alumni Chapter.
700116000000000000016th Detroit, Michigan 01941-12-26December 26, 1941–01941-12-30December 30, 1941 Grand President delivered address on "Social Maturity." Mary Bethune pointed to the need for Delta service in the war crisis. Particular stress on the service programs.
700117000000000000017th Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio 01944-08-24August 24, 1944–01944-08-27August 27, 1944 Convention was a year late because of war emergency. Petition was made by undergraduates to be represented on Executive Board. Gloria Hewlett was chosen as the first undergraduate Second Vice-President.
700118000000000000018th Richmond, Virginia 01945-12-27December 27, 1945–01945-12-30December 30, 1945 First Convention with a theme: "Design for Living in a New Age." Much concern for the Delta program. Eslanda Goode Robeson, wife of Paul Robeson gave speech about Africa.
700119000000000000019th San Antonio, Texas 01947-12-27December 27, 1947–01947-12-31December 31, 1947 Resolution to call on Congress to admit to the U.S. 100,000 selected refugees and displaced persons for the next four years in addition to the regular quota. Formal adoption and copyright of the name Jabberwock.
700120000000000000020th Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri 01948-08-23August 23, 1948–01948-08-28August 28, 1948 Theme:"Human Rights - Our Challenge - Our Responsibility" Resolution to admit any qualified woman to Delta Sigma Theta, regardless of race, creed, or nationality. Creation of a Public Relations Board
700121000000000000021st University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 01950-08-15August 15, 1950–01950-08-19August 19, 1950 Theme: "Human Rights, from Charter to Practice." Workshops geared to theme.
700122000000000000022nd Cleveland, Ohio 01952-12-26December 26, 1952–01952-12-31December 31, 1952 Establishment of a National Headquarters. Reorganization of modus operandi-therefore called: The Mending Conference. The position of Executive Director now approved.
700123000000000000023rd Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, New York 01954-08-14August 14, 1954–01954-08-20August 20, 1954 *Concern for undergraduate status and problems. The "blackball" abolished. Dorothy Height re-elected in "harmony move". Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta New York Alumni Chapter.
700124000000000000024th Detroit Michigan 01956-12-26December 26, 1956–01956-12-30December 30, 1956 Theme: "Windows on the World." Revision of nomenclature. Graduate chapters thereafter to be known as alumnae chapters. The Member-at-Large category proposed. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered speech.
700125000000000000025th Washington, D.C. 01958-08-17August 17, 1958–01958-08-23August 23, 1958 Theme: "The Challenge of Changing Patterns." An evaluating of the past and planning for the future. Plans made for the Golden Anniversary Period. The Member-at-Large category adopted. Approximately 1,000 attendees.
700126000000000000026th Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Illinois 01960-08-14August 14, 1960–01960-08-21August 21, 1960 Theme: "The Creative Life in Freedom and Dignity." Resolution to complete the Maternity Wing of the Chania Medical Center in Kenya, West Africa. Resolution to support the stand taken by young Negro Americans to secure equal rights.
700127000000000000027th Americana Hotel, New York City, New York 01963-08-11August 11, 1963–01963-08-17August 17, 1963 "The Golden Anniversary Jubilee" Theme:"The Past Is Prologue" Decision to participate in March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Vote to launch voter registration drive among Negros. Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta New York Alumni Chapter.
700128000000000000028th Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California 01965-08-14August 14, 1965–01965-08-19August 19, 1965 Theme: "The Woman's Role in Civil Rights and War on Poverty"
700129000000000000029th Cincinnati, Ohio 01967-08-01August 1967(Early in the month)
700130000000000000030th Baltimore, Maryland 01969-08-01August 1969 Theme:“One Nation or Two?, . . One Nation!”
700131000000000000031st Houston, Texas 01971-01-011971
700132000000000000032nd Atlanta, Georgia 01973-08-01August 1973 Congresswoman Barbara Jordan delivered speech.
700133000000000000033rd Seattle, Washington 01975-01-011975 Premiere of "Countdown at Kusini" starring Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
700134000000000000034th Denver, Colorado 01977-08-11August 11, 1977
700135000000000000035th New Orleans, Louisiana 01979-01-011979
700136000000000000036th Washington Sheraton, Washington, D.C. 01981-08-01August 1, 1981–01981-08-05August 5, 1981
700137000000000000037th Detroit, Michigan 01983-08-12August 12, 1983–01983-08-17August 17, 1983 Resolutions: Step up Black voter registration. Promote economically solvency of Women
700138000000000000038th Dallas, Texas 01985-01-011985
700139000000000000039th San Francisco, California 01988-07-08July 8, 1988–01988-07-14July 14, 1988 75th Diamond Jubilee.
700140000000000000040th Miami, Florida 01990-01-011990
700141000000000000041st Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland 01992-08-17August 17, 1992 Theme: "The Delta Launch 2000: A New Leadership for A New Century"
700142000000000000042rd St. Louis, Missouri 01994-07-17July 17, 1994–01994-07-24July 24, 1994 Plans to build/rehabilitate houses through Habitat For Humanity
700143000000000000043th Orlando, Florida 01996-07-18July 18, 1996–01996-07-24July 24, 1996 Co-hosted by Orlando Alumnae chapter
700144000000000000044th Hilton New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana 01998-08-08August 8, 1998–01998-08-13August 13, 1998
700145000000000000045th McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois 02000-07-18July 18, 2000–02000-07-21July 21, 2000 Nearly 15,000 attendees.
700146000000000000046th Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia 02002-07-19July 19, 2002–02002-07-24July 24, 2002
700147000000000000047th MGM Grand Las Vegas and Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada 02004-07-22July 22, 2004–02004-07-28July 28, 2004 Theme:"Keeping the Connection, Building on the Past and Focusing on the Future" 12,000 attendees. Originally planned for San Diego, moved due to passage of California Proposition 209.
700148000000000000048th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 02006-07-27July 27, 2006–02006-08-02August 2, 2006 Theme: "One Mission, One Sisterhood: Empowering Communities Through Committed Service"
700149000000000000049th Orlando, Florida 02008-07-24July 24, 2008–02008-07-30July 30, 2008 Theme: "One Mission, One Sisterhood: Empowering Communities Through Committed Service" More than 15,000 attendees.
700150000000000000050th New Orleans, Louisiana 02010-07-29July 29, 2010–02010-08-04August 4, 2010 Theme: "Delta Sigma Theta - A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Transforming Lives, Impacting Communities" More than 12,000 attendees.
700151000000000000051st Washington, District of Columbia 02013-07-11July 11, 2013–02013-07-17July 17, 2013 Theme: Centennial Celebration.


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