Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis,
Indiana by seven school teachers: Madam Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie
Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin and Cubena McClure. The organization became an
incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University.
Soaring To Greater Heights Of Attainment Around The World, Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow
through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community.
Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities.
Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
The first three years were devoted to organizing. The first call for a national boule
(convention) was held in Indianapolis, in 1925. The second was held in Louisville, Kentucky at which time Fannie O'Bannon
became the grand basileus.
In keeping with the ideals of Sigma Gamma Rho, the sorority has supported the following
organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Council of Negro Women, National
Pan Hellenic Council, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Urban League, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation,
National Mental Health Association, United Negro College Fund, Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Black
Women's Agenda and American Association of University Women.
With over 500 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas
and Germany, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is committed to improve the quality of life for its members and the society it
Sisterhood, Scholarship &
From seven young teachers, Sigma Gamma Rho has become an international service organization
comprised of women from every profession. Sigma Gamma Rho offers its members opportunities to develop their unique talents
through leadership training and involvement in sorority activities. Sorority activities provide an atmosphere where friendships
and professional contacts are developed which often lead to bonds that last a lifetime.
Sigma women are dedicated to helping each other and their personal success is recognized
in The Aurora (the official publication of the sorority) and through various awards.
In a time when education for African Americans was difficult to attain, the founders of
Sigma Gamma Rho became educators. They believed that the self-respect, knowledge and discipline gained through study would
help individuals to recognize their duty and responsibility for their society. Thus, Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on the precept
of education and continues to promote and encourage high scholastic attainment.
In addition to annual scholarships awarded by local alumnae chapters, in 1984 the National
Education Fund was created. The Fund was designed to insure perpetual support for its commitment to education and for research
in education, health and related fields.
Sigma Gamma Rho's commitment to service is expressed in its slogan, "Greater Service,
Greater Progress." The sorority has a proud history of offering service wherever chapters exist, including OPERATION BigBookBag,
a program designed to address the needs, challenges and issues that face school-aged children who are educationally at-risk
in local homeless shelters and extended care hospitals. The objective is for chapters to provide their local homeless shelters
and children hospitals with educational materials, equipment and supplies. Other national projects include Wee Savers, Project
Reassurance and Habitat for Humanity, Sigma Gamma Rho built seven homes across the United States in Florida, District of Columbia,
Wisconsin, California, and Texas.
The service of Sigma Gamma Rho from a global perspective includes Project Africa and Project
Mwanamugimu. Through active participation in programs and through networking with other organizations such as the National
Council of Negro Women, Urban League and the NAACP, Sigma's legacy of service to improve the quality of life for all mankind
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