Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Hosts Jabberwock Season

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with Deltas Serving Together, Incorporated will present Jabberwock 2018. This venture is designed to raise money for scholarships and other public service projects. It also provides youth from the community the opportunity to partake in activities throughout Jabberwock season. Young ladies compete for the title of “Little Miss” (grades 2-5) “Junior Miss” (grades 6-8) and “Miss” (grades 9-12) “Jabberwock”. 

“Jabberwock,” a title taken from Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice in Wonderland, is an activity peculiar to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The first “Jabberwock” was presented in 1926 in Boston, Ma. by members of the Iota Chapter as an effort to raise money for the chapter’s scholarship fund. The idea was conceived for a variety show that would interest groups and individuals through producing skits, dances, songs, and a pageant competition for prizes in varying amounts.  

The first “Jabberwock” was an immediate success, and the idea caught on with many other chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In Chattanooga, the first “Jabberwock” was presented by the members of Beta Epsilon Sigma (now the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter) in February 1949.

This years’ theme for Jabberwock 2018 is “Inspiring Dreams to Ignite the Community.” The culminating event takes place on Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m. at the Redemption to the Nations Church, 1908 Bailey Ave. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $10 for Pre-K-12th grade students. 

Sponsorships for contestants are available for $40 and ads for the souvenir booklet are as follows: 

Full Page $250
Half Page $150
Quarter Page $100 

This year, in addition to the Jabberwock pageant, organizers will also host the inaugural Jabberwock Beauties and Beaus Fashion Show for male and female youth ages seven and younger. Participants will make their debut modeling either formal, church, or playwear attire.  

For questions regarding Jabberwock 2018, please contact Jade Dodds or Lucrecia Ramsey, event chairpersons, at or Ursula Greene, Media/Publicity at

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