Sigma Gamma Rho Celebrates Centennial

This year, the historically Black sorority Sigma Gamma Rho celebrates its 100 founding anniversary

The Ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Members in 1924. Photo courtesy of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

A Century of Uplifting Black Women

The historically sisterhood of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a day of community service. The sorority is inviting its members, affiliates, friends, and the public to join them tomorrow, July 13, 2022 in a full day of events and activities that promote service.

In addition to the “Day of Service,” there will be a “Political Advocacy Panel Discussions” that tackles the topics like “Criminalization of Women of African Descent in Human Trafficking,” and “You Should Run for Office.”

Rasheeda S. Liberty, International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Further, they have launched a $250,000 scholarship fund in celebration of their 100 years. “Sigma Gamma Rho was founded by seven brave young educators; Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian Irene White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin, and Cubena McClure, says Rasheeda S. Liberty, International Grand Basileus. “As we journey to 100 years, it is apropos that we celebrate by removing financial barriers to higher education for deserving students.” The fund will be able to offer 25 scholarships, and beneficiaries will be chosen based on financial need, academic merit, and demonstration of community involvement. 

“It is my hope that over the course of our centennial celebration, every sister and affiliate will renew her love and commitment to the sisterhood, and that our communities and networks will join in recognizing the contributions of Sigma Gamma Rho members near and far, past and present,” Liberty said.

Sigma Gamma Rho’s 25th Anniversary Party with members 1946. Photo courtesy of Sigma Gamma Rho.

There are over 100,000 members, and 500 undergraduate and alumnae chapters spread throughout the U.S. Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, South Korea, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the . United Arab EmirateFounded in 1922, the Sigma Gamma Rho was founded by seven women in the Irvington campus of Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Seven years later, it became a national collegiate sorority. “Sorority has a proud history of offering service wherever chapters exists under the auspice of the organization’s signature program entitled, Project Reassurance. 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 continues,” Sigma Gamma Rho describes their legacy.


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