Psi Sigma chapter was chartered on December 19, 1938 by nine educators:
Dorothy E. Johnson,
Gertrude B. Johnson,
Cozetta K. Seals,
and Edith A. Williams
in the home of soror Hattie McKim. Shortly thereafter, all of the Kansas City Call staff (Kansas City's Black weekly paper) became members. Psi Sigma made her debut to Kansas City society March 19, 1939 with an impressive Creative Art and Musical Fete.
Many of Psi Sigma's charter members were very influential in the Kansas City community. Soror Hattie McKim helped to reactivate the Pan Hellenic Council of Greater Kansas City. Soror Grace Abernathy Williams accomplished vocalist, shared her talent and was instrumental in organizing a National Council of Negro Women in the Kansas City area as well as organising the first troup for girls. Soror Rubye Jamison was a leader in advocacy for Special Education for special needs students working as an Intermediate Teacher at the B.W. Sheperd School. Soror Zepha J. Rollins is the first African-American to serve as Representative on the Employers' Council.
Psi Sigma chapter served as hostess of the first Central Regional Conference of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Adapted from "White, Pearl Schwartz., and Lillie Wilkes. Behind These Doors-a Legacy: the History of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 1974.
Psi Sigma's service
Psi Sigma is committed to continuing to provide GREATER SERVICE in the Kansas City metropolatan area. Psi Sigma has partnered with the following organizations and hosted the following service programs:
City Union Mission: Quarterly Food Donation
City of Kansas City Neighborhood Beautification Program: Quarterly Adopt -a- Street
Harvesters Food Network: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: A Day ON not OFF!
Sigma Salutes Cultural and Educational Foundation: Annual Carolyn A. Booker Scholarship
March of Dimes: Walk for Babies
Project Cradle Care
Annual Sigma Youth Symposium
Uni-Tea Formal Sisterhood Tea and Networking Fundraiser
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