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SER HISTORICAL DATABASE

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This photograph shows Sigma Gamma Rho's 23rd Boule Delegation in Memphis, Tennessee. They are in front of Brownlee Hall at LeMoyne College which served as their headquarters.

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Gwendolyn S. Cherry worked as lawyer in Florida and accomplished many firsts in her career. She was the first black woman law student at the University of Miami, the first black woman to practice law in Dade County, and was the first black woman to serve as a legislator for the State of Florida. She served for four terms and introduced the Equal Rights Amendment, the Martin Luther King Jr. state holiday among other legislation. As a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. she served on numerous boards and organizations.

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Evelyn H. Hood joined Sigma Gamma Rho in 1950 and held many leadership roles at different levels of the sorority. She became the sorority's International Grand Basileus and served from 1976 to 1980. She was a graduate of Paine College in Augusta and Atlanta University. She worked as a second grade teacher for 40 years and a pillar of her community. She created the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority National Education Fund, Inc. which has provided 800 students across the country scholarships totaling more than $600,000

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This slide shows three members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Mrs. Unita Blackwell, Mrs. Evelyn Anderson, and Rep. Gwendolyn Cherry.

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Dr. Katie K. White grew up in Williamson County, Tennessee and was one of nine children. She graduated as valedictorian from her high school and went on to attend Tennessee State University. She ultimately would receive her Masters Degree in Science Education and her Ph.D. in Innovative Education after attending several other colleges and universities. She taught at all levels of education, ending her career at Tennessee State University as a biology professor Dr. White was involved in several community organizations and charities. Katie White was the 17th International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho serving from 1988 to 1992.

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Evelyn Hood, left, and Dr. Katie K. White, right, stop for a photograph at a Sigma Gamma Rho Event. Evelyn Hood served as International Grand Basileus from 1976 to 1980 and Katie White served in the same position from 1988 to 1992. This photograph is from a scrapbook created by Katie White covering the years of 1980 to 2012.

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A group of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority members during a museum visit. Included are three past International Grand Basileus, Dr. Annie Lawrence-Brown, Dr. Katie K. White, and Evelyn Hood. This photograph is from a scrapbook created by Katie White, the 17th International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho, covering the years of 1980 to 2012.

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Several of the past serving International Grand Basilei of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc gather together at an unknown sorority event. From left to right, Helen J. Owens (2000-2004), Dr. Mynora J. Bryant (2004-2008), Dr. Annie Lawrence-Brown (1971-1976), Evelyn Hood (1976-1980), Dr. Katie K. White (1988-1992), and Corine J. Green (1992-1996).

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Helen J. Owens was born in 1937 in Jackson, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate degree at Lane College and continued on to Memphis University where she achieved her Masters of Education. She married Robert G. Owens together they had four children. Helen spent her career as an educator and became worked up to the role of principal at Jackson Rose Hill Middle School. She was the 19th International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and served from 2000 to 2004.

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Members of the Southeastern Region of Sigma Gamma Rho gather together during an unknown event. They are all dressed in matching outfits and seated at tables with the sorority's Greek letters on the end.

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Sorority members enjoy a luncheon at Sigma Gamma Rho's 1964 Southeastern Regional Conference held in Birmingham, Alabama. The woman in red standing at the table is Katie White, who served as International Grand Basileus from 1988 to 1992.

Regional Conference 1965

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Sigma Gamma Rho held their 1965 Southeastern Regional Conference in Farragut, Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville. The Hotel Farragut served as the conference's headquarters.

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