Mrs. Marguerite Hodge shares words of wisdom with Mayor Karen Bass. (Courtesy photo)

Mrs. Marguerite Hodge is truly a diva – dynamic, intelligent, victorious, and accomplished.  The stylish and witty centenarian continues to garner accolades as she enjoys her 103rd year of life. 

Family members celebrate the achievements of Mrs. Marguerite Hodge. (Courtesy photo)

Born May 21, 1920, Mrs. Hodge first made history in nearly 80 years ago by becoming the first Black woman to earn a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Chicago in 1946.   She went on to enjoy a successful career as a licensed clinical social worker. 

Prior to these achievements, Mrs. Hodge attended from Howard University where she pledged with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority the year before she graduated in 1943.   In 2017, the sorority bestowed one of its highest recognitions upon Mrs. Hodge by designating her as a Diamond Member for accumulating 75+ years of active membership. 

Also, Mrs. Hodge was married more than 50 years to the late Dee Hodge. Their union produced her son, Dee Jr., a retired chief of pediatrics physician currently employed as an administrator at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.