Hundreds gathered in the East Room of the White House for the Black History Month Reception hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was one of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations invited to the event on Thursday, February 18, which included intergenerational leaders. NPHC Council of Presidents Chairman and Sigma Gamma Rho International President Bonita M. Herring and other NPHC leaders met briefly with the president and the first lady. At the end of the day, Herring stated, “It was truly an honor to attend the reception to hear the president recognize the contributions of African Americans and meet many of the icons and leaders who were present. We were able to hear first-hand about legislation which can benefit our communities.”
Angela Spears, Sigma Gamma Rho’s international communications director and historian and a Jacksonville resident, also attended the reception in the nation’s capital. She along with NPHC leaders and representatives met with White House officials on Friday, February 19, to discuss what was described as one of President Obama’s top priorities, criminal justice reform. The sorority is positioned to address legislation which is in keeping with our mission “to enhance the quality of life for women and their families.”
Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Members aim to enhance the quality of life within the community through public service, leadership development and education of youth. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically.