Jan. 15 will mark the 110th Anniversary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA). Recognized as Founders’ Day, over 290,000 members around the world, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, will come together for the highly anticipated celebration.
“On January 15, 1908, a group of young collegiate women gathered on the campus of Howard University to organize Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. This Sunday, 11 decades later, members of the organization will pay tribute to our extraordinary founders who had a vision of a sisterhood that would impact society. AKA is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women,” said Donna Frett Gregory, president of the local graduate chapter for St. Thomas-St. John.
There are 997 AKA chapters, four of which are in the Virgin Islands, two in the St. Thomas-St. John District: Sigma Theta Omega Graduate Chapter and Rho Omicron Undergraduate Chapter at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus; and two in the St. Croix District: Mu Gamma Omega Graduate Chapter and Rho Xi Undergraduate Chapter at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix campus.
These chapters are all part of the International Region which is also comprised of chapters in South Africa, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Liberia, Bermuda, Bahamas and the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, Dubai.
From the beginning, AKA women have been a part of every major movement in this nation affecting the lives of those in the community from human rights to civil rights, addressing poverty and other societal ills; members have made significant contributions in the areas of education, health and economics. This year, Dorothy Buchanan Wilson, the sorority’s international president, and members around the globe will go to Howard University to pay homage to the founders and give back to the less fortunate in the D.C. area.
Members on St. Thomas-St. John will give back by providing hot breakfast to the Bethlehem House residents and participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade hosted by his fraternal brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. On St. Croix, the members will worship together at St. Luke AME Church and then serve lunch and fellowship with the residents of the Flamboyant Gardens Home for the Elderly.
The V.I. chapter members are proud of their historic past and look forward with great anticipation to the years ahead. The sorority’s 2014-2018 International Program theme is “Launching New Dimensions of Service,” which integrates traditional programs with new concepts all designed to improve the lives of those in communities locally and abroad.
“Together, members in the St. Thomas-St. John District will continue to work to provide ‘Service to All Mankind’ and make a difference in our community said President Frett-Gregory.
Oran Bowry, president of the Mu Gamma Omega Chapter said, “The members on St. Croix are equally proud of our rich legacy but mostly of our 40-year history of service to the St. Croix community. We remain V.I. Strong and will continue to impact countless lives through our programs and supreme service.”
Both Frett-Gregory and Bowry extend greetings to all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on the occasion of its 2018 Founders’ Day and encourage members to participate in community service and other activities.