Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (GB Chapter) ladies celebrated the organization’s 109th Founders’ Day Anniversary on Sunday, January 15, 2017 during a Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship Service at Jubilee Cathedral.
Kimberley Miller and Tiffany Meadows, AKA GB Chapter President and First Vice president, respectively, accompanied by sorors revealed that the non-profit organization remains committed to fulfilling its mantra of providing, “Service to All Mankind” and its founding mission to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature and to maintain a progressive interest in college life.
The AKAs attending the Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship Service donated blankets, snack bags and books to Jubilee Cathedral We Care Program, as well as distributed “Be The Voice” Pamphlets encouraging all eligible Bahamians to register to vote in the upcoming Bahamas General Elections.
“The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chapter has been a part of the Grand Bahama community for the past 30 years and today, we are proud to celebrate 109 years of “Service to All Mankind” by worshipping God here at Jubilee Cathedral with Bishop Godfrey and Lady Iris Williams.
“Furthermore, we are proud to positively impact the church and community through the AKAs’ Seasonal Wrap Drive and Childhood Hunger Awareness Initiatives by donating over 50 fleece blankets to Jubilee Cathedral We Care Program as well as Snack Bags for Children this morning’s Sunday School Ministry,” said Meadows. “God continues to be good to us and we thank Him for His many blessings while allowing our sorority to be a blessing to the community through the power of sisterhood, service and standards of excellence.”
The AKAs also launched the Legacy of Literacy Program donating several books, during the service. The program has been designed to ensure all preschool and primary school libraries as well as Sunday School Ministries, within the Grand Bahama community, have a cadre of books authored by Bahamian writers.
Elated to have the AKAs worshipping at Jubilee Cathedral, Bishop Williams and the congregation thanked the ladies for extending their love, support and generosity toward the church and throughout the community.
“Truly it has been a blessing to have the sorority here with us today, as the AKAs have extended their generosity to the church in a most tangible way; donating several items to the Jubilee Cathedral We Care Program, which helps senior citizens and other impoverished families, who cannot readily afford basic necessities like the fleece blankets and books presented.
“Definitely, the cold, winter weather has proved challenging for many throughout Grand Bahama; therefore, the blankets could not have come at a more opportune time especially for senior citizens and others trying desperately to keep warm.
“Right now I declare that miraculous blessings and favor would always be theirs in all the noble work that the AKAs do especially as they realize it is always more blessed to give than to receive.
“We encourage them to continue lifting up a standard that would be admired and emulated by civic and philanthropic businesses and persons throughout Grand Bahama, honoring God through worship and service as well as working and pooling all resources to make this island and the nation at large “grand” again,” declared Bishop Williams.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.
Its founders (Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg (Holmes), Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle), Lavinia Norman, Lucy Diggs Slowe and Marie Woolfolk (Taylor)] were among the fewer than 1,000 Negroes enrolled in higher education institutions in 1908 and the 25 women who received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Howard University between 1908 and 1911.
Nine juniors and seniors who constituted the initial core group of founding members and seven sophomores (Norma Boyd, Ethel Jones (Mowbray), Alice Murray, Sarah Meriweather (Nutter), Joanna Berry (Shields), Carrie Snowden and Harriet Terry), who were extended an invitation for membership without initiation comprised what are acknowledged as Alpha Kappa Alpha’s original 16 founders.
Led by Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle), the nine Howard University students who came together to form Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were the scholastic leaders of their classes with each also possessing a special talent or gift that further enhanced the potential of this dynamic group.
Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017