Members of ZAS recently attended Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.’s 55th Biennial Boule in Washington, D.C. The five-day international conference was attended by sorors, affiliates, dignitaries and guests.
The sorority kicked off the Boule by donating more than $90,000 to various organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, March of Dimes, the Children’s Defense Fund, the Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry Scholarship Endowment at Florida A & M University College of Law, the Annapolis Housing Authority and the Pregnancy Aid Center.
“Members of Sigma Gamma Rho believe in serving our communities. We support these organizations because this affects our children and can further their development educationally and socially,” said Bonita M. Herring, 23rd International President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. “We are giving dollars to support our children and help to get the care and access to the resources that is needed.”
There was a sea of royal blue and gold, the sorority’s colors, as members of Sigma Gamma Rho also made an impact on the Capitol during their “Boule Day on the Hill.” They talked with representatives from Congress, such as William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO) and Karen Bass (D-CA). Other speakers included actress Victoria Rowell who addressed the group on foster care and Dr. Brenda Girtman, a representative from the White House. The event was sponsored by U. S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL). The group focused on issues that impact our children which included – hunger, homelessness, early childhood education, gun violence and foster care.
“Our goal was to build awareness around these important topics. I want our members to discuss these issues in their local communities and work to be change agents for the next generation,” said Herring. Notable sorors in attendance included Lana Moorer (MC Lyte), Victoria Rowell, Hydeia Broadbent, Mother Love, Maritza McClendon, and Martha Reeves. Dignitaries such as Roland Martin and Marian Wright Edelman also addressed the group.
A few photos of this festive event are included below for your viewing pleasure.