Social Fellowship, Inc.


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. 

The Raleigh Graduate Chapter of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Incorporated® was founded in 1989 by:

Arlena Groves
Veronica Mack-Cohen
Patricia Sampson
Arnetta White
Debbie Burt
Gwendolyn Whitley
Kim Williams-Capers
and Teresa Edmundson  

The Raleigh Graduate Chapter holds the distinct honor of inducting the very first graduate line into the nation of Swing on April 7, 1990.  

The line name was "Three the Hard Way".



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 choosing 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.

Raleigh Chapter Herstory

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