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QUEst for Blackness – January 2013 (Answers)

Please submit your answers to the Chair ( by the end of the month.  Make sure you give your full name and your chapter.

QUEst #1: I did not hesitate to create an impression on the world in my own unique manner. My leadership experience was quite useful within the ranks of my sorority, especially in Chicago, Illinois. I also made enormous strides in the theatrical realm of my life when I directed the debut of actors Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier.

Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Osceola McCarthy Adams (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #2: I was born in Columbus Georgia. My unique personality allowed me to flourish in any environment and appeal to many people. I valued education and upon graduating, I became a teacher. Always giving back to the community and my sorority, I became the first social worker for the New York City and County Charities.

Why is a quality education not important to BLACK people? Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Winona Cargile Alexander (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #3: I hailed from our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. My father led a prestigious career at Howard University for 31 years as a professor of religion. I was extremely dedicated and studious, thus I graduated from Howard in 1913 as Valedictorian and Class President. Upon graduating from Howard, I became very fond of one of the co-founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Nothing less than the best for me. Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Edna Brown Coleman (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #4: I was born in Galveston, Texas. I was spirited and intelligent so I decided to enroll in the Teacher’s College at Howard University. I became a teacher in the Galveston School District; however a fight was ahead of me. I took on the Galveston School District in court, and won equal wages for Black teachers.

Do the Ques have any fight for what’s right for BLACK people or are they just “CAT” now? Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Jessie McGuire Dent (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #5: I was born in Dallas, Texas. My family had a substantial amount of financial and social authority. I was enrolled in the Teacher’s College at Howard University. After graduation, I took on a brief career as a teacher. In 1926, I helped establish the first Greek letter organization in Dallas. 

Why aren’t Omega men the first to do anything positive anymore? Do BLACK women have to continue wearing their pants too? Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Frederica Chase Dodd (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #6: I hailed from Gonzales, Texas and I make no apology for my assertive leadership skills. You better recognize that I’m the boss! I changed colors and I was still the boss. In my daily life I continued to be a role model by my involvement in the Alpha Phi Literary Society.

Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Myra Davis Hemmings (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #7: I was an excellent musician. In 1914, I graduated valedictorian of the Teacher’s College at Howard University. I was also the President of the Teacher’s Club. I taught school in Alabama, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. I went on to publish a book which featured 40 of my own compositions. I also became a renowned mezzo-soprano recitalist. 

I once heard that mediocrity has its place, but not in Omega. Why then is there so many mediocre Ques? Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Pauline Oberdorfer Minor (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #8: I was very dedicated. At graduation from Howard University, my diploma and scholarship was given to me by William Howard Taft. I was chosen to present to Lady Eleanor Roosevelt before an audience. My accomplishments grew, and so did my hobbies. I collected elephants, which has become a hobby to others all over the world.

What is Omega’s tradition? Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Florence Letcher Toms (ΔΣΘ)

QUEst #9: I was originally from Atchison, Kansas but moved to Omaha, Nebraska. I was the first female to be on the Howard University Journal’s staff as editor. I was the Founder and President of the Triangle Press Company in St. Louis, Missouri.

Who am I?

ANS: Soror Mrs. Madree Penn White (ΔΣΘ)



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