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Sigma Gamma Rho Releases New Statement Inviting Divine 9 To Mourn Sandra Bland On Wednesday

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., sent out a press release this morning about their participation in the funeral for their sorority sister, Sandra Bland, who suspiciously died in a Texas prison cell last week after being pulled over initially for a traffic violation.

In the press release, the sorority gives information about the home going services for Bland and they invite the entire Divine 9, all family members and friends of Bland to join in on an nation wide “prayer line” in which they will do a collective national prayer for Sandra.

“The prayer line will open in all time zones 15 minutes prior to the call on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 and the call will begin at: 8:22 p.m EDT, 7,22 p.m. CDT, 6:22 p.m. MDT and 5:22 p.m. PDT.”

The conference call will be free and the dail-in number will be (605)562-3140. The participant access code is 936963.

Along with this, Sigma Gamma Rho is asking all members to wear black with their Sigma Gamma Rho pin or poodle pin that day as well as make the image attached at the bottom of this article their profile picture on Facebook.

Last week the SGRho international headquarters issued a statement asking members not to engage in hashtags about Sandra Bland per her family’s request so it is very interesting that these hashtags are included on the photo that they would like to have shown on Wednesday.

 

Please share this with as many people as possible on Facebook so that they can partake in the Prayer Line national call on Wednesday.

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Here is the photo they are asking members to post on their profiles:unnamed

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  1. bosspoodle1990

    July 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thank you for this article and spreading more awareness to my Soror’s case. The last few lines appear to call the hashtags into question as it relates to my sisterhood. This is a difficult time and I would encourage you to consider the sources of how this story has trended through social media outside of the major news outlets. Our sisterhood has remained in tact despite the first letter issued. I’m sure that as a journalist, you can appreciate the delicacy of having to retract something that was printed in error. I’m not aware of many news outlets who have not had that experience at least once. Just as the outlet’s status of credibility remains in tact, so does ours. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. and my pledge to my Soror remains in tact as well. By the way, for those in the Metro Atlanta area, there will be a brief vigil for Sandra Bland tonight at Grant Park in Atlanta in the grassy area near the Boulevard parking lot. This is in support of a current campaign to raise a lighted candle for Sandra. We will start at 7 pm. Photos will be taken at 7:22 and we will flood social media with these images at 7:30 pm to stand with the family as her memorial service begins at 8 pm. Again, thank you for keeping this issue in the forefront.

  2. bosspoodle1990

    July 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you for this article and spreading more awareness to my Soror’s case. The last few lines appear to call the hashtags into question as it relates to my sisterhood. This is a difficult time and I would encourage you to consider the sources of how this story has trended through social media outside of the major news outlets. Our sisterhood has remained in tact despite the first letter issued. I’m sure that as a journalist, you can appreciate the delicacy of having to retract something that was printed in error. I’m not aware of many news outlets who have not had that experience at least once. Just as the outlet’s status of credibility remains in tact, so does ours. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and my pledge to my Soror remains in tact as well. By the way, for those in the Metro Atlanta area, there will be a brief vigil for Sandra Bland tonight at Grant Park in Atlanta in the grassy area near the Boulevard parking lot. This is in support of a current campaign to raise a lighted candle for Sandra. We will start at 7 pm. Photos will be taken at 7:22 and we will flood social media with these images at 7:30 pm to stand with the family as her memorial service begins at 8 pm. Again, thank you for keeping this issue in the forefront.

  3. disqus_EAl0cPc0IS

    July 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    The first and third hashtags are commonly used phrases within our sorority and hold special meaning to all SGRho sorors. The second hash tag was actually a hashtag created by Sandy, herself, in reference to her video blogs and activist work. Please kindly retract the lines in the article corresponding to this misprint/misunderstanding, as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your respect for our sorority during this time.

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