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In his immortal classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll created the character known as The Jabberwock. As the story unfolded, each year, The Jabberwock summoned all the members of his kingdom to put on a gala event. Similarly, Delta Sigma Theta’s “Miss Jabberwock Pageant” offers an evening of pageantry and entertainment. 

This unique project started as a means of raising scholarship funds by a Boston, Massachusetts chapter in 1925 and it would soon become part of the Delta tradition. On December 28, 1947, the Jabberwock was formally adopted and copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Through the determination and persistence of our late Soror Carrie Hill Tatum, the Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta launched and successfully produced its first Jabberwock in 1990. 

This program within the sorority that provides cultural, educational, social, and community service activities for young girls in Elementary school, minimum age of 7, and Middle School, grades 6th through 8th. 

The Jabberwock pageant showcases the gifts and talents of contestants and is the fundraising initiative that funds our annual scholarship awards throughout our service areas which include the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. The process is designed to be competitive, fun, and hard work but ultimately, a very rewarding and enriching experience for the participants and their loved ones. A percentage will be awarded to each Jabberwock participant based on the amount of funds raised by that participant. 

This pageant has created many rewarding experiences for young ladies in the greater Fredericksburg Area.  We are inviting participants to compete for the prestigious title of “Little Miss Jabberwock 2024 (elementary) and Miss Jabberwock 2024 (middle school).”   

If there are young ladies who may be interested in participating, please email the Jabberwock committee at

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