National History

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is Purposed for Service: Reaching Inward, Upward and Outward to provide a continual, yet evolving circle of proactive cutting edge solutions and support in addressing both legacy and emergent challenges facing our membership and our families, our local communities, and the world.

7 Illustrious Founders

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators: 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 group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University. Sigma Gamma Rho is the only historically African-American sorority to be established at a predominantly white campus.