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

Paula Giddings, Author William Morrow & Company $23 (336p) ISBN 978-0-688-05775-6
Marking the 75th anniversary of the largest black women's organization in the United States, this history of the college-based movement is an account filled with incidents of the emergence of the Deltas as a force in our national life. Giddings ( When and Where I Enter ), a graduate of Howard University, the birthplace of the movement, acknowledges the ambivalence that membership causes some, but focuses on the strengths of the sorority whose members typically remain active after college years. A sense of racial obligation permeates the sorority, which comprises women who are largely professional and upper-class, and who see their role as agents of change in a variety of social and political issues. Included among recent luminaries are Barbara Jordan, congresswoman from Texas, and, from the arts, Lena Horne, Leontyne Price and Ruby Dee. Photos not seen by PW. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-688-13509-6
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