What Is Olive C. Jones Known For?

Olive C. Jones is one of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which was established on Jan. 13, 1913. Originally from Washington. D.C., Jones was one of 22 original founders and a member of Howard University's graduating class of 1913. She later worked in the Washington public school system as a music teacher.

Jones held no official position on the Alpha Chapter executive board and left Howard just three months after the founding. Despite an early departure, she remained supportive of the sorority for a while but eventually lost touch. Little is known about her subsequent adult life.

Feelings of empowerment following their participation in the March 3, 1913 Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. inspired a group of black collegiate women to pool their strengths and form the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It was created as a way to empower themselves, help the needy and emphasize academic achievement. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority therefore dedicates itself to public service, with special attention paid to programs assisting the African American community.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is the largest African-American Greek organization within the system, as of 2015. Membership numbers exceed 300,000 women occupying over 1,000 worldwide chapters in locations such as Jamaica, Japan, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and the United States.