Classy Black Women

Here are some notable members of historically black sororities.

I was amazed when I did a search for notable black sorority sisters and all I found was photos of young celebrities. I realized that maybe young women who aren’t members don’t realize that many of their favorite historical figures and leaders (living and deceased) are or were members of historically black sororities. So I decided to compile this short list of *notable* black sorority sisters who have made amazing contributions to black culture and the world in general. I was inspired by watching the Oprah's Master Class special entitled "Civil Rights" noticing that many of the women who fought those battles were members of historically black sororities.

I chose four women from each of the four "Divine 9" sororities, but there are countless more.


                                                             
Coretta Scott King (civil rights heroine and wife of Martin Luther King Jr.)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated


Rosa Parks (civil rights icon)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

 
Maya Angelou (famed poet and author)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Phylicia Rashad (actress)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Find more notable members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority here.


 

Dorothy Irene Height (civil rights icon)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Betty Jean Sanders-Shabazz (civil rights heroine and wife of Malcolm X)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
 
Melissa Harris-Perry (TV host and professor)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Ruby Dee Davis (actress and civil rights heroine)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Find more notable members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority here.



Zora Neale Hurston (author and anthropologist)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Minnie Riperton (singer)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Sarah Vaughan (jazz singer)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
Violette Anderson (first woman of color to present to Supreme Court)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Find more notable members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority here.



Corrine Brown (US Representative)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated



Dr. Julia Davis (teacher of African American history, librarian; namesake of St. Louis library branc)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated


Alice Childress (author and playwright)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated

MC Lyte
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated



Find more notable members of Sigma Gamma Sorority here.