Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Kansas City (KS) Alumnae Chapter

​​Miss Jabberwock’s Origin and Legacy
The word, “Jabberwock,” was coined by Lewis Carroll, author of the famous children’s classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1965).   The sequel to this book is a mock-heroic tale called, “Through the Looking-Glass” (1872) which contains “Jabberwocky,” a ballad of fantastic illogicality.  Curious about the world behind the mirror, Alice climbs through the looking-glass and discovers a fascinating kingdom in which everything is reversed, just as reflections are reversed in a mirror.  Jabberwocky, then, connotes the whimsical, the absurd, the non-sensical, and fantastic.

The Jabberwock, a traditional Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. scholarship fundraising endeavor, has been an annual program of hundreds of Delta chapters across the nation for over 80 years.

In 1925 Delta Sorors Marian Conover Hope and Lola Wilson Hayes conceived the Jabberwock as a means of generating funds for scholarships, and the first ever Jabberwock was presented that year in Boston, Mass. Since that time, Jabberwock has become copyrighted and synonymous with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  In 1971 the Kansas City Kansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has been hosting Jabberwock since 1971.

In our chapter, the Contestants Committee continues to be the backbone of the “Jabberwock Experience.”  Each year members of Delta Sigma Theta spearhead educational, social, and public service activities to help broaden young ladies’ horizons as we assist in preparing them for their next step in life.  Over the years Jabberwock has changed its look; however, it has never changed its purpose. This year’s theme is The Renaissance of Jabberwock; the Jabberwock Gala will be held in March of 2019.

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