Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter

Chapter History

The Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was established November 21, 1931 as Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. The initial meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Anna Baranco Chavis. Mrs. Chavis was a member of Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at Fisk University and desired to continue her Sorority activities. Thus, she began discussing the possibilities of getting together enough sorors to start a graduate chapter in Baton Rouge, LA. From Mrs. Chavis efforts, Upsilon Sigma was chartered by the following ladies:

Mayola Givens Adams

Evelyn Edmond Baranco

Vera Baranco

Anna Baranco Chavis

Thelma Wethers Johnson

Ruth Gwendolyn Smith

Estelle Baranco Turpin

Upsilon Sigma was the first Delta chapter to be organized in Louisiana. Revision of the nomenclature of graduate chapters was put into effect during the national convention held in Detroit, Michigan in December 1956. Graduate chapters thereby became named named according to their cities of service, and Upsilon Sigma became Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae.

Many poignant and prominent moments distinguish the history of Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae. In 1965, Chapter President Hazel J. Freeman acquired Soror Barbara Jordan to be the keynote speaker at the Chapters Public Meeting. Jordan was later to become a member of the U.S. Congress and first African American female to run for for a major partys presidential nomination. Later in 1965, the chapter submitted the first Head Start proposal to the CAP Agency. The Parish received funds for the program and the proposal was used as a model for Head Start programs throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.