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#BlackHistoryFact for November 12: Sigma Gamma Rho founded

On November 12, 1922 the sorority Sigma Gamma Rho was founded. It was established at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was founded seven women: Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivenne Irene White Marbury, Nannie May Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae DowneyRhoades Martin and Cubena McClure.

The mission of Sigma Gamma Rho is to enhance the lives of women and their families in the United States of America and globally. The core values of Sigma Gamma Rho included but are not limited to: Respect, honesty and accountability.

Butler University was founded in 1855. Since its founding, Butler had open its doors to black applicants. But it didn’t come without its limits. The university practiced de fact segregation. They adopted a quota in 1927 that allowed it to accepted only ten students annually. This led to a decline in black student enrollment. It went from seventy-four in the 1926-27 enrollment year down to fifty-eight, including nine incoming students. The founders faced racism in the backdrop of their establishment of their society for college-aged women.

The sorority is currently in celebration of 95 years in existence.


Sources: Sigma Gamma Rho – About

Alpha Chapter – History

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