Submitted by Dorothy FinnieGeneral Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Phoenix attended the 110th Anniversary Commemoration of their illustrious sorority in Washington, D.C. in January 2018.
The AKA members attended receptions, service programs, book signings, United Nations Foundation award ceremony, tour of Howard University and a VIP night at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.
The International organization donated almost $1 million to various entities in recognition of 110th Founders’ Day celebration. $110,000 was donated to UNCF and the UNAUSA, $250,000 was donated to Howard University, another $500,000 was contributed to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History bringing the total contributed by the sorority to one $1 million.
“I had a phenomenal time celebrating 11 decades of service to all mankind,” said Tina Swanson, reflecting on her experience. “I left the celebration energized and eager to continue to provide service to my community and all mankind. I continue to be proud to be an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman.”
Dorothy Finnie stated, “The celebration was both magical and emotional for me to celebrate the 11th decade of the founding of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. And of course we never go anywhere empty-handed. Oftentimes, local Phoenicians will notice our travels to various sorority activities, but never hear the results of our good deeds. I am gladly continuing my active membership because I know the good we do.”
Dr. Deanna Castle said, “It was one of the best Founders’ Day celebrations I have attended.”
The sorority has applied for a postage stamp in the name of their founder, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle.