The History of Jabberwock
The “Jabberwock” is an activity peculiar to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The first “Jabberwock” was presented in 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts, by members of Iota Chapter. In an effort to find some new method of raising money for the Iota Chapter’s scholarship fund, Marion Hope Conover conceived the idea of a variety show of a kind that would interest groups and individuals in producing skits, dances, songs and pageant in competition for prizes for varying amounts. The new kind of show was called “Jabberwock”, a title taken from Lewis Carroll’s tale, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.
The first “Jabberwock” was an immediate success, and the idea caught on with many other chapters of Delta Sigma Theta. Today, the “Jabberwock’ is considered a Delta institution, and many local communities eagerly anticipate the event. “ Jabberwock” funds are earmarked for scholarships to be given by the sponsoring chapter to young women and men of promise and ability and for public service projects. “Jabberwock’ is a major undertaking and is usually presented biennially by local Deltas. The first Jabberwock was presented by the local members Gamma Rho Sigma in February 1949.