ABOVE PHOTO: Cheryl Hickmon, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the nation’s largest African American sorority. (Courtesy Photo)
By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D
NNPA Newswire Culture and Entertainment Editor
The nation is mourning the passing of Cheryl Hickmon, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the nation’s largest African American sorority. Hickmon was elected president of the organization dedicated to sisterhood, scholarship, and service on Nov. 21, 2021, at the 55th national convention held in Atlanta.
Hickmon, a beloved and celebrated member, served the organization for 39 years. The Connecticut native was initiated into the Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State University in 1982 and was an active member of the Hartford (Conn.) alumnae chapter.
“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,” a statement from the national office of the sorority 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,” it continued. “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.”
In addition to serving as the national president of Delta Sigma Theta, Cheryl was employed at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health in Hartsdale, N.Y., where she supervised the In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories for Andrology and Endocrinology. A licensed clinical laboratory technologist, Hickmon worked in the reproductive medical laboratory for more than 30 years.
Members and supporters have been offering remembrances and calling for prayers in response to Hickmon’s death. Florida Rep. Val Demings, who is a member of the sorority, shared her thoughts via Twitter:
Organizations, including the NAACP and fellow Black Greek letter organizations like Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Kappa Alpha, have issued statements about Hickmon’s passing.
Cheryl Hickmon is the daughter of the late Dr. Ned Hickmon of Hartford, Connecticut, and Bishopville, South Carolina, and the late Consuella Anderson Hickmon of Hartford, Connecticut, and Cincinnati, Ohio. She is survived by her two older brothers, Ned, and David Hickmon.
Hickmon’s bio reads, “Cheryl lives 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.’” She was 60.