Cheryl A. Hickmon, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. national president and chair of its national board of directors, sadly died on Jan. 20 after a recent illness, BET.com has confirmed.
“President Hickmon was a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta since 1982 and served in various capacities at the chapter, region, and national level before being elected national president. She is remembered not only for her role as a leader but for being a colleague, friend, and most of all, sister,” a statement from the sorority said.
“The entire sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated mourns the loss of President Hickmon. During this difficult time, we ask that you respect her family’s privacy and keep them in your prayers.”
Hickmon, a 1984 graduate of Southern Carolina State University, was elected in November to lead the Deltas, one of nine Black sororities and fraternities that are popularly known as the “Divine Nine.”
Her passing comes just days after the sorority celebrated Founders’ day on Saturday (Jan. 13) in recognition of its establishment on the Howard University campus on Jan. 13, 1913.
According to The Orangeburg (S.C). Times and Democrat, Hickmon joined the Deltas’ Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State in 1982. The Hartford, Conn., native served the sorority in several positions before becoming its 27th president, including national vice president, national secretary, eastern regional director, south Atlantic regional representative, co-chair of the National Documents Review and Revision Task Force, co-chair of the National Leadership Academy, and president of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter and Alpha Xi Chapter.
In her career, Hickmon supervised the In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories for Andrology and Endocrinology at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health, a division of the Montefiore Medical Center and a teaching hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Condolences poured in on social media. A small sample of those messages are below.
Our prayers go to President Hickmon’s family and to Delta Sigma Theta.