Sorority History

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. (NSPDK) was the idea of Gladys Merritt Ross, who on
Palm Sunday, April 23, 1923 convened a group of young students
at Jersey City Normal School in Jersey City, New Jersey to discuss the idea of forming a sorority.  Eight members of those present concurred, and Newark attorney, J. Mercer Burrell, incorporated the new organization on May 23, 1923.  Because the original members were all minors, their parents or guardians, Dr. G.E. Cannon, Mr. J.L. Merritt, Mrs. Lottie Cooper, and Mrs. Estelle Morris became trustees.  The eight founders are Gladys Merritt Ross (Mother Founder), Julia Asbury Barnes, Ella Wells Butler, Marguerite Gross, Florence Steele Hunt, Edna McConnell, Gladys Cannon Nunery, and Mildred Morris Williams.
 
Throughout its existence the Sorority has addressed cogent educational issues through a myriad of programs designed to improve education and offer opportunity to scores of children, youth, and adults.  Under the leadership of twenty-six advance good health, promote academic achievement, award scholarships, and preserve African-American history.
 
The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. is poised to accept the educational challenges of the 21st century and to launch programs to enhance th
e educational enterprise.