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Social Fellowship

United States


White and      Black

April 4, 1969; 47 years ago (1969-04-04) Winston-Salem State University

"Perseverance by Virtue"

Swing Phi Swing (SΦS) is a non-profit social fellowship, as opposed to a traditional Greek lettered sorority.



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- 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. 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 women 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. Today, Swing has over 50 graduate and undergraduate chapters throughout the United States.

The twelve founders are:

  • Jeanette Butler
  • Anita Chase (Watson)
  • Beverly Dorn (Steele)
  • Finesia Dunovant (Walker)
  • Jane Harris
  • Rosalind Marshall
  • Marilyn Reid
  • Patricia Story
  • Ellen Tomlinson (Carter)
  • Brenda Travers (Satterfield)
  • Lorraine Watkins (Phillips)
  • Talma Woods
  • The founding date is the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    During the 1970s, Swing Phi Swing's membership grew as Black college women across the South, the Midwest and the East Coast heard of an afro-centric organization. Chapters were started at prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities such as Hampton University (Hampton Institute), Morgan State University, Tuskegee University (Tuskegee Institute), Wilberforce University, Shaw University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

    On April 4, 2014, Swing Phi Swing celebrated their 45-year anniversary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina during their National Convention. Eight of the surviving founders attended the convention and were present to describe how they founded the organization.

    The current National President is Dr. Leone Lettsome who will serve from 2012 to 2015.


    Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Inc. is divided into seven regions across the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Each region is directed by a Regional Director who monitors all chapters and members-at-large in her jurisdiction.

    Regional Directors

    Crystal Wimbush Mid-Atlantic Regional Director DE | MD | OH | PA | VA | WV | DC

    Fatoumata Cissoko-Willis Midwest Regional Director IL | IN | IA | KY | MI | MN | WI

    Shadorah Howard Northeast Regional Director CT | ME | MA | NH | NJ | NY | RI | VT

    Stephanie Russell Northwest Regional Director AK | ID | MT | NE | ND | SD | OR | WA | WY

    Stephanie Russell South-Central Regional Director AR | KS | LA | MO | OK | TX

    Danielle Waden Southeast Regional Director AL | FL | GA | MS | NC | SC | TN

    Fatoumata Cissoko-Willis Southwest Regional Director AZ | CA | CO | HI | NM | NV | UT


    The National Organization of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship is managed and operated by Board of Directors, Executive Officers and Regional Directors.

    National Presidents

  • 1. Carlenia Graham Ivory- Past
  • 2. Debra Cauthen Jones- Past
  • 3. Linda Smith- Past
  • 4. Tanya McKoy- Past
  • 5. Cheryl Kornegay- Past
  • 6. Tanya Mckoy-Sutton- Past
  • 7 Sharon Chandler- Past
  • 8. Dr. Leone Lettsome- Current
  • Current Graduate Chapters

  • Dada Rafiki Tri-County Graduate Chapter- PA
  • Atlanta Graduate Chapter - Atlanta, GA
  • Boston Graduate Chapter
  • Central Carolina Graduate Chapter - Raleigh, Durham
  • Charlotte Graduate Chapter - Charlotte, NC
  • DC Metro Graduate Chapter – Washington, D.C.
  • Detroit Graduate Chapter - Detroit, MI
  • DFW Graduate Chapter - Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  • Garden State Graduate Chapter - Northern New Jersey
  • Hampton Roads Graduate Chapter - Hampton Roads, VA
  • Haraambe Graduate Chapter – Fayetteville, NC
  • Houston Graduate Chapter- Houston, TX
  • Imani Kuumba Graduate Chapter - New Jersey
  • Kemet PA Graduate Chapter - Pennsylvania
  • Los Angeles Graduate Chapter - Los Angeles, CA/Southern California
  • Mid South Graduate Chapter – Memphis, TN
  • The Greater New York & Connecticut Graduate Chapter - New York, Connecticut
  • New Jersey Zuri Obinrin Abike Aye' Graduate Chapter - New Jersey
  • Nia Maryland Graduate Chapter - Baltimore, MD
  • Niara Atanipenda Graduate Chapter - Greensboro, High Point
  • Okimma Delaware Graduate Chapter - Delaware
  • Potomac Graduate Chapter - DC, Maryland, Virginia
  • Philadelphia Graduate Chapter - Philadelphia
  • Raleigh Graduate Chapter - Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond Graduate Chapter - Richmond, VA
  • Rukiya Busara Piedmont Triad Graduate Chapter – Winston-Salem, NC
  • Sankofa Graduate Chapter - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tri-State Graduate Chapter - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
  • Current Undergraduate Chapters

  • Abeo Neema Undergraduate Chapter - University of Michigan
  • Aggie Undergraduate Chapter- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Ainka Makeda Marali Moliehi Undergraduate Chapter - Pennsylvania State University
  • Andile Engara Undergraduate Chapter - University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • Awo Egbe Obirin Otito Undergraduate Chapter - Grambling State University
  • Bison Undergraduatae Chapter - Howard University
  • Ebony Undergraduate Chapter - Benedict College
  • Endesha Baraka Eagle Chapter - Coppin State University
  • Gendaga Bimbisha Tabu Undergraduate Chapter - Lincoln University
  • Golden Undergraduate Chapter - Johnson C. Smith University
  • Groove Undergraduate Chapter - Winston-Salem State University
  • Harambee II - Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University
  • Maatkare Hatshepsut Bulldog Undergraduate Chapter - Bowie State University
  • Maisha New Birth Undergraduate Chapter - University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Maraabe Undergraduate Chapter - Rosemont College, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University
  • Marali Nubia Bear Undergraduate Chapter - Morgan State University, Towson University
  • Masika Ghayda Niara Undergraduate Chapter - College of New Rochelle
  • Muntu Undergraduate Chapter - Shaw University
  • Nandi Undergraduate Chapter - Rutgers University
  • Ndada Amuka Kwa Pindua Undergraduate Chapter - Adelphi University
  • Ndada Weuse Panda Undergraduate Chapter - Montclair State University
  • Njoki Mayasa Nyawela Undergraduate Chapter - Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Nkijha Undergraduate Chapter - St. Augustine's University
  • Odu Ifa Undergraduate Chapter - Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Osei Fola Simba Undergraduate Chapter - Syracuse University
  • SOBU Undergraduate Chapter - North Carolina Central University
  • Spartan Undergraduate Chapter - Norfolk State University
  • Subira Chemwuapu Undergraduate Chapter - Johnson & Wales University, Providence RI
  • SUNY Undergraduate Chapter -State University of New York, Albany NY
  • Siyanda Undergraduate Chapter - East Carolina University
  • Umoja Undergraduate Chapter - Livingstone College
  • Upenda Undergraduate Chapter - Hampton University
  • Harambee I Undergraduate Chapter - Elizabeth City State University
  • References

    Swing Phi Swing Wikipedia

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