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National History

The Drifters, Inc. had its beginning in Waco, Texas in 1954. The first chapter was established in Chicago. Other chapters soon followed and the first convention was held in Chicago in 1957. More than 500 women in 36 chapter cities comprise the membership of The Drifters, Inc.

Over the years, The Drifters continue to be in the public focus—not only because of their unique cultural, civic and social involvement—but also because of their on-going commitments to serve as role models and to enhance the universal image of womanhood in the cities where they reside. The Drifters have been long advocates for children and the elderly. The National Program Theme is: “Strengthen Our Families to Build Better Communities: Save Our Children – Assist Our Seniors.”

       COLORS, EMBLEM, FLOWER AND SYMBOLS

Colors -- The Difter's colors are coral and silver-gray.

Emblem/Symbol -- The Drifter's emblem is the driftwood.

Nefertiti -- The symbol for the Now Black Woman is the image of Nefertiti

Flower -- The Difter's flower is the coral gladiola.

Newsletter -- The newsletter is known as Jus' Driftin'.

Male -- The Drifter's mate is called Driftwood.

Child -- The Drifter's child is called Kindling.

Male -- The Drifter's male child (over 21) is called Kindlewood.

Grandchild -- The Drifter's grandchild is called Splinter.

Revolving Student Loan Fund:

The Drifters, Inc. established a Revolving Student Loan Fund in the amount of $10,000. Through the efforts of the Charlotte chapter, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC received this award in 1993.