The Brightest Star Shines From The East!

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THE NATIONAL SORORITY OF PHI DELTA KAPPA, INC
EASTERN REGION
SUPREME BASILEUS- CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS
EASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR- DRUSILLA KINZONZI
“PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE- A CHALLENGE TO FULFILL”

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OUR FOUNDERS

Dr. Gladys Merrit Ross, Julia Asbury Barnes, Dr. Florence Steele Hunt, Dr. Gladys Cannon Nunery, Ella Wells Butler, Mildred Morris Williams, Edna McConnell and Marguerite Gross

It was Palm Sunday, April 1923, that Miss Gladys Merritt discussed the possibilities of organizing a sorority in Jersey City. Only one of the eight attending the organizational meeting decided to decline. Friday came and they voted in favor of a permanent organization which was incorporated by a Newark attorney, J. Mercer Burrell. Dr. G.E. Cannon, Mr. J.L. Merritt, Mrs. Lottie Cooper, and Mrs. Estelle Morris became their trustees.

The date of incorporation was May 23, 1923 which has become our Founders' Day. The Sorority spread from the East to the South, Midwest, Southwest, Far West, to Liberia in West Africa, and Barbados, West Indies.

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