​​The Black Greek community is mourning after the sudden passing of Cheryl Hickmon, the national President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  

The sorority confirmed Hickmon’s death in the following statement:  

“It is with great sorrow that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. shares the passing of our beloved National President and Chair of the National Board of Directors, Cheryl A. Hickmon. President Hickmon transitioned peacefully on January 20, 2022 after a recent illness, the statement read”

“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. 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.”

Cheryl Hickmon was inducted into the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. The chapter was chartered on May 12, 1934, on South Carolina State University campus. Graduating from the university in 1984, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Biology.

Hickmon was the epitome of the sorority’s pillars of sisterhood, scholarship, and service to the greater community.

Prior to her induction as the 27th President of the sorority in November of 2021, she was the First-Vice President of the organization from 2017 to 2021. Previous to that role, she served in many other capacities on the organization’s executive leadership. Over her career in Delta, she also served as the Regional Director for the Eastern Region of Delta Sigma Theta. She was the sorority’s South Atlantic Region’s Regional Representative and acted as co-chair on various tasks forces created internally. Additionally, Hickmon was a Golden Life member and a part of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, where she served proudly and with the utmost dedication.

In addition to the statement, an outpouring of reflections and love responded to the sudden news.




The organization shared Hickmon lived her life by the motto, “Don’t measure life by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away.”

We send our condolences to her loved ones and the members of Delta Sigma Theta.