AKA and Delta throw a party

A great deal of research material in Finer Women came from Howard University, specifically the Moorland Spingarn Research Center. Interestingly enough my last trip to Howard happened quite by accident. As I was preparing to leave Washington, DC I realized that I forgot my driver’s license at the library. I kicked myself for having to navigate the treacherous DC traffic simply because I was too busy thinking about where I was going to eat when I left instead of focusing on the important things.
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Mrs. Bethune and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

One of the most intriguing discoveries that I made while writing Finer Women was that Mary McLeod Bethune was at one time affiliated with Zeta Phi Beta. As a graduate of Bethune-Cookman College—the institution she founded in 1904 in Daytona Beach, Florida—and as one who formerly gave tours at the Bethune Council House in Washington DC where I interned in 1998, I was well-versed in Bethune-facts.  One of those unquestionable facts was that Mary McLeod Bethune was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, inducted in 1923 at its 5th national convention.
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