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Arizona State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor Is Now A Member Of Sigma Gamma Rho

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[This information was taken from a press release issued by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.]

Phoenix, AZ April 21 –Arizona State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor is now a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Landrum Taylor, who currently serves as special projects director for the Arizona Department of Education, became a member of the international community service organization during the 63rd Western Regional Conference in Phoenix.

Landrum Taylor served as a state senator and member of the Arizona House of Representatives in District 27 for 16 years. She was the first African-American woman elected to serve in the state senate. She is well known for championing foster care and adoption issues. During her tenure, she served as the senate minority leader and served on the Education and Commerce Committee, Energy and Military Committee and Child Protective Services Oversight Task Force. She also served on the Economic Development, Public Safety and Human Service, Veterans and Military Affairs, Senate Ethics, House Ways and Means and Environment, Adoption and Foster Care and Homelessness Committees.

Landrum Taylor, a small business owner, is an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow of Emerging Political Leaders in America. The Girl Scouts Arizona voted her as one of the 2010 World of the Future Award Honorees. During Arizona’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, she was selected as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women by the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project partnering with the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Community Foundation for her leadership and commitment to the future of Arizona.

Landrum Taylor attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University through the Fannie Mae Foundation with a focus on affordable housing. She is a third generation native Phoenician. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Arizona State University.

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This Is How Sigma Gamma Rho Is Working to Reduce Drowning Rates

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and USA Swimming sponsored the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) biennial World Junior Swimming Championships from August 23 – August 28, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority was the presenting sponsor and did this as part of their mission to decrease drowning in the United States.

“This agreement expands the sorority’s five-year old partnership with USA Swimming and designates it as the only non-profit sorority involved in this world-class event. ‘It’s exciting to see the continued growth of our partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho as it elevates to the international stage with the sponsorship of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships,” said Tim Hinchey, President & CEO of USA Swimming. “With the organization’s strong ties to Indianapolis, this event presents the perfect opportunity to showcase the unique relationship Sigma Gamma Rho has with USA Swimming.'” the sorority stated in a press release.

“The sponsorship between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will increase awareness about our “Swim 1922” partnership, named for the year our sorority was founded, aims to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in our communities,” stated Deborah Catchings-Smith, the International President of Sigma Gamma Rho.

Sigma Gamma Rho Day at FINA World Junior Swimming Championships! #SGRho #SigmaGammaRho #FINAWorldJrsIndy #Swim1922

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“Last year alone, nearly 20,000 sorority members and affiliates participated in 117 swim clinics across the United States. These clinics yielded more than 2,500 swim lessons. “This partnership is a game changer for Sigma Gamma Rho as it aligns with our mission and strategic planning goals.” the press sororities release stated.

Alon with their swim clinics, the sorority hosted a class on how to protect Black hair while swimming and learning to swim.

Take a look at this interview that was done with International President Deborah Catchings-Smith as well as some of the people who helped with the event.

According to the press release, “A recent study by the USA Swimming Foundation revealed a 5-10 percent improvement amongst America’s youth in overall swimming ability from its previous findings in 2010. The study was conducted by the University of Memphis and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. USA Swimming attributes much of this decline to the sorority’s efforts.”

We are ready to make waves! The Swim 1922 Clinic will begin soon! #SGRho #SigmaGammaRho #FINAWorldJrsIndy #Swim1922

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Watch How the SGRhos Reveal New Members at the University of Pittsburgh

Have you seen how the SGRhos reveal new members at the University of Pittsburgh?!

The women of the Theta Nu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. revealed their newest line at the University of Pittsburgh and they held it down for their org and their state.

Check out the video below and show these ladies some LOVE!

Video by Jonathan Dickey

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28 Rare Pictures Of What Pledging A Black Greek Org Looked Like Back In The Day

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We have compiled a list of 28 rare pictures of what pledging a Black Greek fraternity/sorority looked like back in the day. We feel that these pictures honor NPHC history and give you a good look into the past. Enjoy!

Psi E's Lamp Club pledging Omega Psi Phi, 1949.

Psi E’s Lamp Club pledging Omega Psi Phi, 1949.

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