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POLITICAL Awareness & Involvement Retracing the Fotsteps of Delta Sigma Theta’s 22 Founders and the 1913 Suffrage Movement BY Valerie Wardlaw Washington, D.C. was a hotbed s of ideas in 1913. Conversations concerning racism, discrimination, and sexism loomed throughout the city. Howard University students had the opportunity to hear ideas from activists such as W.E.B. DuBois, who urged “the talented tenth” to lead the fight for racial equality. Racial equality was not the only topic on the minds of young college students. A great deal of discussion centered on the idea of women’s suffrage. It did not go unnoticed that while Howard University encouraged what were considered radical ideas in combating racism, it exhibited little progress when it came to the rights of women. In fact, it was DuBois who likened the restrictions placed on women to an economic condition affecting all African-American people. DuBois wrote: “Changed economic conditions demanded a change in the role of women.” The 1900’s were already a heady time for female students at Howard University but the call to act did not Our Founders” Delta Sigma Theta Sorority retrace the footsteps of the 22 Founders during the 100th anniversary 44 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. of their participation in the 1913 Suffrage Movement. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER ‘‘


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