ETA SIGMA STARS
(Sigmas lighting the Torch in Atlanta with Radiant Service)
Clara Pitts – was one of the charter members of the Gamma chapter, which later was named the Eta Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She was the first president of the chapter. She later held the position of Executive Director of the The Carrie Steele – Pitts Home (CSPH), which is a private, nonprofit, and nondiscriminatory child caring agency that provides 24-hour, state-approved residency for neglected, abandoned, abused, or orphaned children. Clara became director and she served in this role for over 40 years.
Jondelle Johnson – was a graduate of Allen University in Columbia South Carolina in 1945. She went on to become an elementary school teacher, teaching kindergarten and frist grade. Her talents led her to become the Society Editor and Managing Editor of the Atlanta Inquirer, Society Editor and Associate news Editor of the Atlanta Voice, and Southeastern Editor of Bronze America Magazine. She served as the NAACP Atlanta Branch’s Executive Director from 1972-1988, where she implemented a job placement program, increased membership by about 300%, and turned the annual Freedom Fund dinner into a major event. Jondelle was affectionately known as “Mrs. NAACP” to many who knew her. She was the epitome of dedication, perseverance, and service. And we are proud that she is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho.
Sammye E. Coan – was a graduate of Spelman College, who was renowned educator and community activist in the City of Atlanta and member of the Eta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho. She taught for several years at Bell Street Elementary School and served as a principal of E.P. Johnson and Wesley Avenue Elementary school. In 1965 the Sammye E. Coan Middle School was constructed and dedicated in 1967 as the first middle school in the state of Georgia.
Selena Sloan Butler – studied at Spelman Seminary (later Spelman College), and at the age of sixteen she graduated from Spelman in 1888 (with a high school diploma) and began her teaching career in Atlanta. She is the founder and first president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association (NCCPT). During World War II., she organized the Red Cross’s first black women’s chapter of “Gray Ladies.” When Congress merged the NCCPT with the National PTA in 1970, Butler was named as one of the organization’s founders. Today, Butler is considered a co-founder of the National Parent-Teacher Association.