The Divine Nine: Highlighting Sigma Gamma Rho sorority

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Sisterhood, service and scholarship – that’s what the women of Sigma Gamma Rho pride themselves on. The sorority is part of the Divine Nine, a group of nine Black fraternities and sororities created in 1930.

Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on November 12, 1922 by seven young educators. It is the only D9 sorority established by professionals.

Among the members today are Areatha Fryer, president of the local grad chapter. She has been in the sisterhood of Sigma Gamma Rho for more than 30 years. Candace Ernie, president of the undergrad chapter at UAlbany, put on her royal blue and gold only a year ago.

The group is made up of more than 100,000 collegiate and professional members from every profession.

For Divine Nine members, service doesn’t stop after college.

Learn about how they work to help their community by watching the video of Faith King’s story.