Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc.® Celebrates 50th Anniversary: Founders, Members Return to Winston-Salem to Celebrate a Golden Legacy of Perseverance by Virtue
Hundreds to descend upon the city of Winston-Salem, NC for a series of events between March 27 - April 4 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc.®., including the unveiling and dedication of a monument on the campus of Winston Salem State University, a Youth Empowerment Summit, and the announcement of a substantial scholarship endowment the organization will pledge to the university where it was founded.
Events open to the public:
From the Clouds to the Streets: Discussion on Social Activism From the 1960’s to Now
Speakers: Dr. Larry Little (WSSU Professor and Founding Member of the Winston-Salem Black Panther Party), Hazel Mack (former Black Panther member), and Kia Chavious (Winston-Salem Assistant District Attorney)
Wednesday, March 27 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (WSSU: Anderson Center) *not an official event
Youth Empowerment Summit: Developing Leaders of Tomorrow(for youth)
Friday, March 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (WSSU: Anderson Center)
Friday, March 29th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (WSSU)
SWING Monument Unveiling and Dedication
Saturday, March 30th, 12:00 p.m. – (WSSU: Near Clock Tower and O’Kelly Library)
The organization, whose name is an acronym for “Sisters With Interest Never Gone, Promoting Higher Intelligence, Supporting Women In Need of Growth,” was founded on April 4, 1969, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by twelve WSSU female collegiate students as the sister organization to Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.® to promote leadership, academic excellence, and community consciousness and to embody sisterhood through fellowship of women of all creeds.
“Fifty years later,” according to National President, Lori S. Gittens, “our mission is just as relevant as it was in 1969 - in fact, it is essential to the advancement of the communities we serve.”
During these past 50 years, the original 12 founders have been joined by thousands of like-minded women throughout the United States of America and abroad who have continued this legacy of fostering positive growth and sustainability of the women, children, and communities they serve in honor of their motto, “Perseverance by Virtue”. Swing Sisters unite to dedicate their time, energy, virtue to affect social change through their national program initiatives by addressing African American health issues, mentoring young women, promoting health and wellness, supplying schools and students with tools for success, awarding academic scholarships, and recognizing community leaders and individuals.
To learn more about Swing Phi Swing®, see their website.
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