The DREF Sister Scholars National Reading Circle Book Discussion

Bertha Maxwell-Roddey

The National Reading Circle sponsored by DREF Sister Scholars shares the video of the book discussion of the 2023 book selection: Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: A Modern-Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership by Dr. Sonya Ramsey.

Dr. Maxwell-Roddey, a beloved leader in her community and the Sorority, has held a variety of positions, on all levels, most notably 20th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The DREF Sister Scholars’ National Reading Circle invites individuals from throughout the nation to join the Circle by reading the biography.

The book discussion took place virtually on Zoom and was moderated by the author, Dr. Sonya Ramsey, a member of the DREF Sister Scholars. The event will be held June 10th, which was Dr. Maxwell-Roddey’s 93rd birthday.

About the Author:

Dr. Sonya Ramsey, is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she is also the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. A Delta member, she has also written several historical works, including Reading, Writing, and Segregation: A Century of Black Women. She is a native of Nashville, TN and is a graduate of Howard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information about the Sister Scholars National Reading Circle, contact the DREF Director of Programs at