INTRODUCTION

 

Dr. Jeanne L. Noble

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

12th National President

  The Delta GEMS program honors the 12th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Jeanne L. Noble. Dr. Noble was a legendary pioneer in the field of education. The Delta GEMS Program, officially renamed The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute, continues to spotlight teenage girls between the ages of 14-18 in grades 9 through 12. As National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Noble‘s administration focused on campus sorors who were involved on the front lines by sitting in and freedom riding. Civil rights issues were a high priority during her two terms in office. Dr. Noble believed young women had to be supported emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and financially.  The sorority supported young women such as Sorors Charlene Hunter and Vivian Malone and other young people who took a stand on desegregating southern colleges and universities. The need for solidarity and sisterhood was prevalent at the end of Soror Noble‘s administration coinciding with the historic MARCH ON WASHINGTON on August 28, 1963.

 Soror Noble was an exemplary role model for her sisters, serving by appointment on United States Commissions from President‘s Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. In her report to the convention, Sorer Noble reminded members that Deltas have a responsibility to lift as we climb and that elitism has no place in the Delta House.

 In many ways and on many fronts, Delta‘s commitment to accelerated activity in the area of public service and program planning and development had been tested in what Soror Noble called the crucible of social action. Dr. Noble stressed the need for women to become increasingly less social and more social action oriented. The success of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, one of the sorority‘s signature programs created in 1996 out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures, gave incite to creating a new program that expanded the sorority‘s service to young women.

 The Delta GEMS Institute is a continuum of services that address the needs of young African American women in grades 9 through 12 with a framework for the participants to discover and understand