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|Sigma Gamma Rho|
|Founded||November 12, 1922|
|Scope||International: USA, Germany,|
Canada, Bermuda, Korea,
Virgin Islands, the Bahamas
|Slogan||Greater Service, Greater Progress|
|Colors|| Royal Blue|
|Flower||Yellow Tea Rose|
|Nicknames||SGRhos, Lady Sigmas, Sigma Women, Pretty Poodles|
|Headquarters||1000 Southhill Drive, Suite 200|
Cary, NC 27513
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (ΣΓΡ) is a historically African American sorority. Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators. It was incorporated within the state of Indiana in December 1922 and became a national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to the Alpha chapter.
The sorority is a non-profit whose aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities.
Founded in the midst of segregation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is the only sorority of the four historically African American National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sororities established at a predominantly white campus.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has over 100,000 members with more than 500 undergraduate and alumnae chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Canada, and Korea. Women may join through undergraduate chapters at a college or university, or through an alumnae chapter after earning a college degree. Sigma Gamma Rho also supports two affiliates: youth group of young women called the Rhoers and the Philos, women who are friends of the sorority.
The sorority was founded by Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Irene White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin, and Cubena McClure.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. includes graduate and undergraduate women from a variety of fields. Membership in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., is by invitation only.
Television, film and radio
- Hettie Vyrine Barnhill - singer, dancer, actress, choreographer
- Hattie McDaniel - actress (film Gone with the Wind, 1939)
- Lee Chamberlin - actress
- Merri Dee - longtime news anchor and reporter, WGN-TV CW Chicago
- Ellia English - actress/producer, (sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show')
- Anna Maria Horsford - actress, (sitcoms Amen (TV series) The Bold and the Beautiful and The Wayans Bros.)
- Mother Love - daytime talk show host, radio personality
- Marilyn McCoo - actress, singer
- Vickilyn Reynolds - actress (Sugar and Spice, Friday)
- Victoria Rowell - actress, The Young and the Restless, foster care activist
- Tonya Lee Williams - actress, The Young and the Restless
- Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Grammy-nominated gospel recording artist
- Maranda Curtis - Gospel recording artist
- Eva Jessye - first African-American woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor, conducted choir at March on Washington, 1963
- Maysa Leak - Grammy-nominated jazz singer
- MC Lyte (born Lana Michele Moorer) - Hip-Hop recording artist
- Kelly Price - Grammy-nominated R&B singer
- Martha Reeves - R&B and Pop singer, former politician, former lead singer of the Motown girl group "Martha and the Vandellas"
- DJ Spinderella - Hip-hop recording artist (Salt n' Pepa) and deejay
- Leighann Lord - comedian
Politics and government
- Lindy Boggs - 1st female U.S. Representative in Louisiana
- Corrine Brown - Former U.S. Representative, D - Florida
- Eugenia Charles - 1st female Prime Minister of Dominica, 1st female elected head of government in the Americas
- Gwen Cherry - 1st African American female to serve on the State Legislator in Florida, educator, lawyer, author, Florida House Representative
- Georgia Davis Powers - 1st female and person of color elected to the Kentucky State Senate
- Robin Kelly - U.S. Representative, D - Illinois
- Nina Turner - Former Ohio state senator
Service and activism
- Hydeia Broadbent - HIV/AIDS activist, motivational speaker
Sports and athletics
- Maritza Correia (McClendon) - 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist (swimming), first Puerto Rican of African descent in the US to set an American and World swimming record
- Uhunoma Osazuwa - 2012 Olympic competitor (Women's Heptathlon), Nigerian track and field athlete
- Yolett McPhee-McCuin, Head coach, Ole Miss Rebels women's basketball
- Renee Powell - Retired professional golfer; second African American woman to play on the LPGA tour.
- Alia Atkinson - 3x Jamaican Olympian – World Champion 100m Breaststroke – World Record Holder
- Sharrieffa Barksdale - 3x Olympian – President of USATF Athlete Alumni Association
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace -2x Bahamian Olympian (swimming)
- Carmelita Jeter - a three-time Olympic medallist.
- Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited, former President of the WNBA.
Authors, journalists and writers
- Alice Childress - author of "A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich"
- Alice Allison Dunnigan - journalist, first African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials
- Cynthia Horner - editor of Hip-Hop Weekly, former editor of Right On! magazine
- Beverly Jenkins - historical romance novelist
- Joyce Carol Thomas - poet, playwright, author of over 30 children's books
- Selena Sloan Butler - founder and first president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association (NCCPTA)
- Julia Davis - educator and librarian in African American contributions to American History, (namesake of the Julia Davis branch of the St. Louis Public Library)
Business and law
- Mary T. Washington Wylie - first African-American woman to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the U.S.
- Ruth Whitehead Whaley - first African-American woman to actively practice law in New York (1925)
- Carolyn Tyler Guidry - second woman elected as a bishop of the AME Church
- Rev. Willie Barrow - Director of Operations, Operation PUSH/Rainbow Coalition
- Deshauna Barber - Miss USA 2016
- Sandra Bland- American woman who died in police custody after a traffic stop.
- Ocielia Gibson - Miss Black USA 2011
Local chapter misconduct
The New York Times wrote an article about two serious hazing incidents involving the sorority. In 2008, a pledge at San Jose State University filed a civil suit against the sorority after being severely beaten, harassed, and threatened to keep the abuse a secret. Four sorority members were arrested and served 90 days in county jail. In 2010 at Rutgers University, six Sigma Gamma Rho women were arrested and charged with a felony after striking one pledge over 200 times which forced her to seek medical attention.
- "About". sgrho1922.org.
- "About Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc". Retrieved 2021-02-27.
- "Local sorority members react to Sandra Bland's death". WOIO. July 22, 2015.
- Lewin, Tamar (2010-10-06). "Hazing Accusations Against a Sorority (Published 2010)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-27.