Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

Our Founders

Violet T. Lewis


Elizabeth A. Garner

"Creating Possibilities from the Impossible"

In 1943, our Founders chartered a course into the world of Freedom for Gamma Phi Delta. They stepped forward with bold courage and enthusiasm, leaving us a clearly marked trail to follow. No doubt there were many times when they became weary, nevertheless, the well-marked trail was left.
We pause and look back at the hope and love each had for Gamma Phi Delta and because of their determined efforts on its behalf, we are inspired to Excellency - we are compelled to Move Forward.


Excerpt from the Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute

By Willie B. Kennedy
Poet Laureate
Gamma Phi Delta

Sixty Five Years ago Gamma Phi Delta Sorority was given birth,
That filled A need to prove the Business and Professional Women’s worth,
The Organization fulfilled Our Founders lifelong self-esteem.

Phi Gamma Delta was the name our Founders chose,
But a whit Fraternity with the same name did oppose.
So as not to allow our members to feel ashamed,
Gamma Phi Delta Sorority became our name.

Even that didn’t Stop that formidable pair,
For They had A Dream that They Both Did Share.

So on They Moved with Charm and Grace,
Which was not Void of the Obstacles They Must Face.
We know the Story which we hold so dear,
Today We Salute them with Accolades and Cheer.

Our Illustrious Founders Violet Lewis and Elizabeth Garner set the Tone,
It is through their Organizational skills that Gamma Phi Delta has grown.
But our Founders didn’t Succeed All Alone,
There are dedicated Soror whom we must enthrone.

With the Goals, Aims and By-laws the Founders did Equipt,
Which allowed all the Future Supremes Innovative Leadership.
All of our Past Supremes We Salute Today,
We Thank them for Helping to Pave the Way

Each Supreme, Garner, Preston, Rivers, Davis, Adams, Bozeman, Kennedy, Jarrett, all eight,
Are Dedicated Achievers whom today We Also Celebrate.
Fifty Years of Struggle with much against the Odd,
But We Made it and moved forward Trusting in Almighty God.

(Excerpt from the Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute)



  • Remember their Enthusiasm!

  • Remember their Sacrifices!

  • Remember their Wisdom!

  • Remember their Courage!

  • Remember their Love!


  • Continue their tradition of accomplishments!

  • Commit ourselves to the Service of Humanity!


Elizabeth A. Garner, Founder
Violet T. Lewis, Co-Founder

(Excerpt from Delta NU Chapter's 52nd Boulé Book)

Violet Temple Lewis Inducted into the Ring of Genealogy – Humanities & Education in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, April 24, 2005

In celebration of their 40th Anniversary, Charles H Wright Museum inducted names of 40 Detroiters into the Museum’s Ring of Genealogy, at which time 40 brass plates bearing each name was installed in the rotunda floor. The Detroit 40 are individuals who had made significant achievements in African American History. Soror Violet T. Lewis (1899-1968) was honored for Founding Lewis Business College in Indianapolis, Indiana at the request of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce in 1929. She also founded Detroit’s Lewis Business College and was Co-Founder of Gamma Phi Delta, a businesswomen’s sorority with 87 chapters nationwide.

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