The Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on June 28, 1973, by twelve determined sorors. They were Freda Grimes, Chippy Greer, Janet Boone, June Tunstall, Florita Jamison, Jaehneth Ewell, Loretta Gilmore, Muriel Epsy, Lynn Station, Margaret Thompson, Gwen Timberlake, and Eva Harris. In March of 1974 fourteen young women, “The Ever-So-Clean-Fourteen”, joined the chartering sorors as members of NMAC by becoming the first initiates of the chapter. They were Bernadette Sherman, Nedra Starling, Clovia Wray, Lasaundra Watson, Rose Horn, Jacquelyn Horn, Gail Charleston, Sadye Conners, Shirlene Williams, Linda Hawkins, Elmertha Burton, Dolly McKissack, Judith Newbern-Presley, and Allene Young.
From the start NMAC began making preparations to implement the five-point programmatic thrust as set forth by Grand Chapter.
The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Thrust:
● Economic Development
● Educational Development
● International Awareness and Involvement
● Physical and Mental Health
● Political Awareness and Involvement
NMAC projects are designed to provide a continual positive impact upon its entire service area of Davidson, Maury, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
Recent projects include, but are not limited to:
● Literary Jazz Cafe, Delta House Party, Rhapsody in Red, and the Golf tournament in support of the Scholarship Fund
● Awards to High School Seniors and “Non-Traditional” Students
● Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
● Delta GEMS: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully
● Feed the Homeless Project at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
● Project SMART
● Go Red for Heart Health Initiative
● Participation in the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk
● Voter Registration and Awareness Drives
NMAC members are engaged in varying professional pursuits from investigators in clinical research to legal and health professionals. There are members who have served and protected our country in the armed forces. Educators, and those continuing their education by pursuing advanced degrees, abound in NMAC.
There are also members who work or have worked at the regional and national levels of the sorority. Currently Marcia Holt serves on the National Arts and Letters Commission and once served as Co-Chair. Past Chapter President Charise Fizer served on the National Nominating Committee. Linda Brown Saffore served as a member of the National Personnel Committee. Regionally, Mary Morris-Taylor (past Chapter President) served as State Coordinator for Tennessee. Schean Belton serves on the National Leadership Academy.
It is through our active membership, both in professional pursuits and work for the sorority, that Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. keeps with the goals and missions of our Founders while embracing the Grand Chapter’s vision.