Swing Phi Swing

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Swing Phi Swing
Founded April 4, 1969; 45 years ago (1969-04-04)
Winston-Salem State University
Type Social Fellowship
Emphasis Service
Scope  United States
Motto "Perseverance by Virtue"

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Headquarters National Office, P.O. Box 50371
Washington, DC, USA
Homepage www.swingphiswing.org

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

The twelve founders were:

  • 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 organisation. 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.[1]


The National Organization of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship is managed and operated by Board of Directors, Executive Officers and Regional Directors.[2]

National Presidents[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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 - 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
  • Tri-State Graduate Chapter - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Current Undergraduate Chapters[edit]


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