Myra Hemmings - biography

Actor from United States of America

Myra Lillian Davis Hemmings (August 30, 1895 – December 8, 1968) was an American actress and teacher, and a founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Hemmings was born in Gonzales, Texas to Henry and Susan (Dement) Davis. In 1909, she graduated from Riverside High School in San Antonio, Texas. At Howard University in Washington, D.C., Davis was a part of the group of seven who were newly initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in 1912, where she was elected president. A dichotomy ensued within the group of seven newly initiated women and the current establishment of Alpha Kappa Alpha, with the younger women, led by Davis, becoming progressively more dissatisfied with the sorority. The seven women along with fifteen others voted to reorganized Alpha Kappa Alpha and formed Delta Sigma Theta. She was later named first president of Delta Sigma Theta's Alpha Chapter. In 1913, Hemmings graduated from Howard University. After graduation, Davis began teaching in 1913 in San Antonio, Texas. In 1922 Davis married John W. Hemmings, a former actor on Broadway. Hemmings was active in amateur theater and participated in the San Antonio Negro Little Theater by directing  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1895-08-30
Place of birth
Gonzales
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Susan Dement Davis, Henry Davis
Spouse(s)
John Hemmings
Profession
Teacher, Actor

Education

Institution From To
Howard University
Northwestern University

Performances

Year Performance Character
0 The Girl in Room 20 Sarah Walker

Death

Date of death
1968-12-08
Place of death
San Antonio

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