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Did you know that rap pioneer and Sigma Gamma Rho soror MC Lyte will have her custom SGRho sneakers featured in a collection in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC that is opening next month?

MC Lyte made history in 1988 as the first ever solo female rapper to release a full album. She has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists. She also is a proud member of the black sorority and is the International Ambassador for Sigma Gamma Rho’s Project Reassurance program.

The blue and gold Converse All Star shoes that will be featured in the Smithsonian collection are embroidered with the founding year of Sigma Gamma Rho on the sides as well as MC Lyte’s name. On the back, the greek letters for the sorority are embroidered in gold and the blue inside lining features a “1922” print.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian Institution museum that will open on September 24, 2016.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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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.

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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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