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Sigma Gamma Rho
Founded November 12, 1922 (1922-11-12) (87 years ago)
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana
Type Social
Scope International
Mission Statement 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 Sorority addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
Motto Greater Service,
Greater Progress
Colors Royal Blue and Gold
Symbol Poodle
Flower Yellow Tea Rose
Publication Aurora
Chapters 500+
Nickname Sigma, SGRho, Lady Sigmas
Headquarters 1000 Southhill Drive, Suite 200
Cary, North Carolina, USA
Homepage Sigma Gamma Rho Website

Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ) was founded on the campus of Butler University on November 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was incorporated within the state of Indiana in December 1922 and as a national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, at which time a charter was granted and the Alpha chapter was established.

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, is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities which comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), to be established at a predominantly white campus. Sigma Gamma Rho also supports two affiliates: the RHOERS, a group of young women, and PHILOS, women who are friends of the sorority.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, has over 90,000 members with more than 500 undergraduate and alumnae chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Africa and Korea.



New members of Sigma Gamma Rho are accepted on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Potential graduate members must hold a degree from a four-year accredited educational institution.[1]


A woman may be admitted for membership in an undergraduate chapter only while in attendance at a four-year accredited college or university, or in a liberal arts/transfer program of a junior or community college, once they submit proof of intention to enter and obtain a degree from a four-year school.[2]

Candidates may be accepted for undergraduate membership after successfully completing one quarter, semester, or trimester. The cumulative grade point average required for membership is 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

The Founders

  • Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little
  • Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson
  • Vivian Irene White Marbury
  • Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin
  • Cubena McClure
  • Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford
  • Dorothy Hanley Whiteside [3].


Grand Basilei

National Programs

Sigma Gamma Rho gives its leadership, service, and resources toward removing barriers and inequalities so that all Americans may develop their potential and exercise full citizenship.

Through support of human rights legislation, service to and support of grass roots individual and community development activity, and active participation in the programs of affiliate and other organizations, the sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho are committed to working to improve the quality of their lives and the society they serve.

Sigma Gamma Rho, in its quest to expand its area of service, actively participates in the sponsoring of national and international programs designed for the improved welfare of all people.

National Education Fund

The mission of the National Education Fund, Inc. ("NEF") is to provide scholarship aid to needy students, both male and female, of all races and to conduct educational programs to enhance the quality of life. The NEF Board of Trustees convenes annually at rotating geographical locations throughout the nation.[5]

Project Reassurance

The care and protection of children is, first and foremost, a family concern. But when teenagers have babies, the consequences are throughout society. Children born to teenage parents are more likely to be of low birth weight and to suffer from inadequate health care, more likely to leave High School without graduating and more likely to be poor, thus perpetuating a cycle of unrealized potential. Originally conducted in partnership with the March of Dimes, Sigma Gamma Rho chapters sponsor workshops and other activities that assist pregnant teens and educate teen mothers about the importance of pre-natal and post-natal care, and to better understand infant care and child development.[5]

Mwanamugimu Essay Contest

Mwanamugimu (Mwah-nah-moo-gee-moo) Essay Contest

The Mwanamugimu Essay contest's primary goal is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the historical and contemporary development of Africa. Its objectives are to provide the target population with opportunities that (1) allow structured ways to learn about Africa; (2) heighten awareness of African cultural heritage; and (3) improve writing and research skills. The project title, Mwanamugimu, is a proverb form the Republic of Uganda that means "from small acorns come mighty oaks." Chapters sponsor local essay contests that usually include awards programs. Regional contests are also held, with winning essays announced at regional conferences.[5]

The theme for this year is, “Africa, the foundation of many nations…from Creation to Infinity.”

Project Africare

Working in partnership with Africare, for many years Sigma Gamma Rho has assisted in providing thousands of dollars to purchase grain grinders for African women to help alleviate their back-breaking work. The project focus has now evolved as have the needs to addressing through finances and education HIV/AIDS awareness, education and treatment.[5]

Project Wee Savers

This project is designed to develop an awareness of various banking facilities and their available services. The goal of Wee Savers is to allow participants to become knowledgeable of the real life skills of saving and buying stocks and bonds, ranging from ages 6 to 18 years. Participants experience the real life skills of basic investing, setting specific goals attainable through monitoring and mentoring of money and activities.[5]


A Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority International Project in Partnership with the A.E.A.O.N.M.S., Inc.

Sorority and Shrine members make available, to selected facilities across the nation, bookbags, notebooks, writing and drawing paper, pencils and pens, dictionaries, thesauri, rulers, glue, construction paper, textbooks, encyclopedia, typewriters, computers and many other needed school items. Made available also through the efforts of both memberships is a nation-wide tutoring and mentoring program designed for the benefit of the children housed at said facilities.[6]

The effective and overall implementation of OPERATION BigBookBag serves as an invaluable resource to the children by: (1) Affording children with quick and easy access to reference materials and other studying aids and tools that will help them in their educational endeavors; (2)Providing the children with the means of completing their homework assignments in order that they may remain current and up -to -date on course projects and requirements and (3) Assisting the shelters, centers, schools and hospitals in their efforts to meet some of the educational needs of the children and young adults housed at the facilities.[5]

SPEAR (Sigma Public Education and Research Foundation)

The Sigma Public Education and Research(SPEAR) Foundation is an Affiliate of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. SPEAR was founded in 1993 as a component of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated during the administration of Past Grand Basileus Corine J. Green. In 1995, SPEAR received its 501(c)3 status and became an autonomous body, with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. affiliation, with an office registered in Nevada.[7]

SPEAR's mission is to promote social, civic, cultural, economic, and educational progress for vulnerable or at risk families and communities. The mission is fulfilled through community services, public education, advocacy, and social science research.

SPEAR’s goals emphasize the development of public education and advocacy programs that will reduce poverty, and improve the quality of life for minorities, women, and children. The foundation focuses on social science research and the direct correlation between the escalation of poverty, illiteracy, moral/value and family disintegration. This 501(c)3 organization seeks funding sources, and provides technical assistance on program management and development. SPEAR was created to increase access of resources to local Community Based Organizations (CBO) for programming of community service activities.

SPEAR encourages CBO’s to take advantage of the services SPEAR provides by informing them of the processes involved in acquiring additional funding sources and organizational linkages necessary for the transition of a successful project into an extended program. The information provided encourages CBO’s to expand current projects and facilitate additional programming that increased financial support encourages. SPEAR looks forward to fulfilling its mission to provide civic, economic, and educational progress of vulnerable families, and communities. SPEAR strives to facilitate charitable marketplace access, community innovation and improvement, and nonprofit sector experimentation. SPEAR extends full legal, corporate and financial sponsorship to the projects it supports.


Sigma Youth Symposium

Sponsored in conjunction with and in commemoration of Sigma Week, the Sigma Youth Symposium focuses on some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. This annual event is usually held on the second Saturday of March by each Alumnae Chapter.[8]

National Marrow Donor Program

Established in 1992, this initiative was developed to address and reduce the number of African-American deaths due to a lack of sufficient numbers of race appropriate [bone marrow] donors. The program focuses on the education and recruitment of sorority member, affiliate and community donors. Usually booths are set up during regional and regional conferences.[5]

Cancer Awareness Program

Sigma Gamma Rho is cognizant that African-Americans make up a large proportion of cancer patients[cancer]. In 2001 it was estimated that 63,500 African American will die from cancer [9]. In addition African-Americans have the highest mortality rate of any ethnic group. As a result; the Sorority is committed to providing education on and active support of early detection as well as research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other types of cancers.[10]

National Affiliates

Philo Affiliates

Since its inception, Sigma Gamma Rho has promoted unity among women and for years many alumnae chapters worked with individuals who were not members of Greek-lettered organizations. These women were organized into auxiliaries that had various names until 1954 when the sorority officially approved the organized affiliate group and accepted the name of "Philo"(meaning Friend) as their official name.[11]

In 1980 the Philos were organized on a national level and have grown to represent hundreds of women organized on a regional level as well. The Philos have contributed countless hours of community service and thousands of dollars to aid Sigma Gamma Rho's aim to enhance the quality of life within every community.[12]

Rhoer Affiliates

Rhoers are young girls organized on a local, regional and national level since 1939. The Rhoer affiliates are working to help other young people while they learn about their heritage and develop leadership skills. Sigma Gamma Rho is dedicated to helping Rhoers to grow to be women of substance dedicated to service.[12]

Sigma Rhomeos

Sigma Rhomeo was founded in 1936 as an affiliate to Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. However, they are no longer recognized as being affiliates of Sigma. The organization was founded based on the ever increasing need for strong, intelligent, versatile men of class and stature with an interest in promoting the welfare of their communities in America. In 1980, due to exponential growth, with chapters in 38 of the 50 states and both territories, Sigma Rhomeo became an independent organization . Over the years, the organization experienced minimal growth because of the growing pains associated with being newly independent.

The Aurora

The AURORA is the official journal of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and is published quarterly. Gertrude Murchison of Gamma Sigma Chapter was the first Editor-in-Chief of The Aurora at the Third Annual Boule, 1927.[13]

The AURORA reflects Sigma's unity of purpose and action, support of programs and projects and full cooperation in human concern and commitment.wpw

Notable members

There are several notable women who are members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

External links


  1. ^ Sigma Gamma Rho National Requirements
  2. ^ Sigma Gamma Rho National Requirements
  3. ^ State of Indiana Registered organizations
  4. ^ "Past Grand Basilei". Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31.  
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Sigma Gamma Rho Official National Website
  6. ^ Sigma Gamma Rho Official National Website on Serving
  7. ^ Also listed on Sigma Gamma Rho Official National Website
  8. ^ Detailed on Sigma Gamma Rho Official National Website
  9. ^
  10. ^ Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority National Programs
  11. ^ Sigma Gamma Rho National Website
  12. ^ a b Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Affiliates
  13. ^


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