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Herstory

Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc.® was founded at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the conclusion of the Civil Rights Movement and the burgeoning of the Black Power Movement. Twelve African-American women - proud, innovative, and determined - with the help of their brother organization Groove Phi Groove, founded Swing Phi Swing on Friday, April 4, 1969 which was the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  These twelve dynamic women displayed their commitment to the cause.  At a time of social unrest, these twelve young women created an organization that would honor the trailblazers of the Civil Rights Movement and their legacy.



These bold sisters dared to be different by challenging the traditional membership in Black Greek-Lettered organizations and chose to create a fellowship of women committed to meaningful community service, promoting and achieving academic excellence, and strengthening community involvement and engagement through culturally conscious events and activities.   Swing Phi Swing ignited a flame that influenced thousands of women to follow in their footsteps. Their pioneering spirit continues to burn in the hearts of many Sisters, transcending the boundaries of geography, social class, complexion, and religious affiliation.



As Sisters with interest never gone, we are never short on solutions for improving and engaging the lives of our members and the communities and campuses we serve and support.  This support facilitates the attainment of goals that are necessary for our members’ personal and professional growth. Our Sisters shine in leadership in various industries like education, public policy, government/law, medicine, the arts, and public relations.  We are determined to make an impact on the lives of the next generation of strong, daring women by means of transformative power.  We must instill in others what makes us productive and positive leaders.  Our members bring a wealth of knowledge and passion for social change that truly makes Swing Phi Swing a unique Sisterhood where everyone can shine.

Today, Swing Phi Swing has over 50 active graduate and undergraduate chapters throughout the United States. For information on becoming a member, see our Membership Requirements.