MLK Day of Service: Carrie Steele Pitts Home
On January 21, 2019 the “sweet” Mu Pi chapter and the graduate chapter of Nu Lambda Omega volunteered at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Carrie Steele Pitts Home is a foster care that has serviced over 27,000 young people. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., cleaned the home that day.
Mr. AKA Scholarship Pageant
On November 19, 2018 the “sweet” Mu Pi chapter crowned four new kings! In line with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., national target, The Arts!, the pageant was titled “The Kotton Klub” after the Harlem Renaissance. Contestants performed poetry, sang, and danced for the talent portion of the show. Each of the kings was also rewarded a scholarship for their participation.
Lights Will Guide You Home: 2018 Homecoming Display
Meeting Senator Kamala Harris
On October 26, 2018 Senator Kamala Harris spoke at Spelman College and met with members from the “sweet” Mu Pi chapter. Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and was initiated into the Alpha chapter on Howard University’s campus.
A New France: Exploring the Global Refugee Crisis
On October 18, 2018 the “sweet” Mu Pi chapter invited Roberta Malavenda to speak. In line with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. national Global Impact target, attendees learned of the conditions and political events that have shaped the current global refugee crisis.
After listening to Malavenda, attendees then presented a skit answering questions that millions of refugees face: where would you go, what would you bring, and how would you get to a safer place?
Malavenda is the executive director of CDF Action, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to encourage and equip the diverse Georgia Clarkston community members.
Euro Exchange: Exploring Entrepreneurship
On October 17, 2018 members of the “sweet” Mu Pi chapter encouraged attendees to think of innovative business ideas. Based on the popular entrepreneurial show Shark Tank on ABC, attendees presented an original invention to other students — addressing everything from cost of production to challenges they may encounter with marketing their product.
After attendees presented, they then learned the power of the black dollar and the importance of supporting black-owned business and products. This event aligned with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s national target Building Your Economic Legacy.
Healthy living: get to walking!
On October 15, 2018 the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. — Glenda Glover PhD. — charged each member of the sorority to take a few steps towards healthy living! Members across the country walked 8,000 steps, and members of the Mu Pi chapter walked around Spelman College’s campus.
Know Yourself, Know Your Wealth: Building Your Economic Legacy
The “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter partnered with Bank of America to discuss the importance of financial literacy while also exploring potential career opportunities on September 27, 2018.
Dare to Dance: Support the Arts and Fitness
In line with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. national targets — The Arts! and Women’s Health and Wellness — the chapter hosted “Dare to Dance,” with attendees and members dressing in flapper apparel on September 26, 2018. The event encouraged healthy fitness by learning popular dances from the 1920s, performing a choreographed routine, and having a fun dance off! Keeping in line with the era, attendees also learned about popular music and cultural figures from the 1920s.
Searching Like: HBCU Scavenger Hunt
On September 24, 2018 members of the “sweet” Mu Pi chapter lead groups of students around campus for a historically black colleges and universities scavenger hunt! Here are the fun facts students learned on the hunt:
The first HBCU owned and operated by African Americans was Wilberforce University in Ohio, which was founded in 1856. It was named for William Wilberforce, an abolitionist.
40% of African-American members of Congress, 50% of African-American lawyers, and 80% of African-American judges graduated from an HBCU.
HBCUs significantly contribute to the creation of African American science degree holders: agriculture (51.6%), biology (42.2%), computer science (35%), physical science (43%), and social science (23.2%).
Nine of the top ten colleges that graduate the majority of African American students who go on to earn Phds are HBCUs.
Graduates from Spelman College and Bennett College contribute to over half of the nation’s African American women who earn doctorates in all science fields, which is more than Ivy League “Seven Sisters” combined.
There are 106 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States, including public and private institutions, community and four-year institutions, medical and law schools.
Lack of funding has forced HBCUs to cut costs, eliminate programs and sell valuable resources; sadly making these institutions less attractive to incoming students.
There is a push by some policy makers and legislators to shut HBCUs down as they argue the relevance of these institutions.
There are 4 HBCU medical schools; their names are Meharry Medical College (TN), Morehouse School of Medicine (GA), Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science (CA), and Howard University School of Medicine (DC). Xavier University of Louisiana is #1 nationally in placing African-Americans into medical school. Howard University is #1 in graduating PhDs.
More than 50% of the nation’s African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists earned degrees at HBCUs.
National hbcu impact week: day 5
nATIONAL HBCU IMPACT WEEK: DAY 4
National HBCU Impact Week: Day 3
On September 19, 2018, members of the “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter shared some common experiences at HBCUs.
“One thing that I think all HBCU students have a familial experience. All of the friends you make become your family. You feel like that teachers really care about you, the cafeteria workers, the administrators - everyone really cares for you and loves you. It’s really a family,” said Spencer Nabors, a junior philosophy major.
Tyler Stephens, a senior political science major, joked that “a day in the cafeteria dedicated to fried chicken, Hump Wednesday, and professors that treat you like nieces and nephews” was something all students partake in.
Ivey Frazier, a junior health sciences major, reflected that college was a time for students to “figure out who they are.”
“With so many beautiful black women and handsome black men, you tend to compare yourself to others so you just have to know who you are, what your worth, and be content with yourself,” said Frazier.
National HBCU Impact Week: Day 2
In celebration of National HBCU Week, members of the “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter explain why they decided to attend a historically black college. The video was posted across social media on September 18, 2018 as part of the chapter’s weeklong social media campaign highlighting the importance of HBCUs.
Tyler Stephens, a senior political science major, expressed how Spelman College made her feel as though she belonged.
“I knew I wanted to attend an HBCU, because the moment I stepped on campus I knew that I belonged. I wanted to a school that would help me grow as a woman, and help me contribute to my global community.”
Farris Watkins, a senior music major, had generational ties to Spelman College.
“My mom, my grandmother, my great-grandmother, my great-great grandmother, and my great-great-great grandmother all went to Spelman. While here, I fell in love with the sisterhood and camaraderie of the campus.
Bria Paige, a senior English major, felt that it was necessary to support black institutions.
“I recognize the value of our institutions. I particularly chose Spelman because my mother attended Spelman College, and … I wanted to be the number one HBCU and be around women who are excelling each and every day.”
Shami-Iyabo Mitchell, a senior biology major, wanted to widen her network.
“Spelman has an alumni network that is truly amazing and helped me grow into the woman I am today.”
the “sweet” mu pi chapter hosts a game of bingo for national hbcu impact day
For National HBCU Impact Day, the “Sweet” Mu Pi chapter hosted a game of HBCU alumni bingo in Upper Manley on September 17, 2018. The game highlighted the contributions of famous HBCU alumni from across the country - including Mu Pi’s own Rosalind Brewer, who is the COO of Starbucks and former CEO of Sam’s Club. By informing students of the great men and women who have graduated from HBCUs, the chapter hoped to highlight how supporting these institutions means supporting future leaders and innovators.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. RAISES OVER $1 MILLION DOLLARS ON NATIONAL HBCU DAY
September 17, 2018 kicked off National HBCU Week! Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is committed to the preservation and continued financial support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). To support HBCUs, the sorority raised over one million dollars in one day. Individuals and chapters across the country, including the “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter, donated to the HBCU fund. Money raised will go towards establishing scholarships at every HBCU in the country.
Throughout National HBCU Week, the “Sweet” Mu Pi chapter will raise awareness on HBCUs through a social media campaign and on-campus event.
Let's talk about race: a children's panel discussion
On April 15, 2018 the "Sweet" Mu Pi chapter engaged in a lively discussion on how schools in Atlanta can provide safe spaces for cultural and racial differences. The event was moderated by Dr. Andrea Lewis, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., chair of the education department of Spelman College, and author of Valerie's New Friends. Mu Pi member Jade Lockhart, an education major, also participated in the panel alongside a group of students. Mu Pi partnered with the Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts for this event.
Get a Klue: AKA Café
On March 23, 2018 the "Sweet" Mu Pi Chapter presented an original production,"Get a Klue." Money collected from the event went towards hundreds of diapers and other baby supplies to families in need at the Atlanta Children's Shelter.
It was such an honor to be featured in Vogue for their 125th Anniversary celebrating Black Women Leaders! Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated continues to pave the way. You can check out the complete article by clicking the link below!
The 23rd International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Mary Shy Scott, was born on July 19, 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia where she attended public elementary and high schools, and went on to graduate from Spelman College. From 1982 to 1986, Scott served as the 10th South Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In 1990, Scott was elected as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she was instrumental in establishing the first non-military memorial to World War II veterans at Pearl Harbor, forming a partnership with the Library of Congress in a national campaign to promote reading, completing the building and financing of the third story addition to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated National Headquarters and later, in 1992, using her position to establish an international chapter in London, England. Aside from her leadership roles in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Scott worked as an educator, elementary school music specialist and motivational speaker. She received many awards and recognitions including the Prominent American Personality Award from the President of the Republic of Benin and played a paramount role in bringing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to the campus of Spelman College. Ms. Mary Shy Scott passed away on April 15, 2013.
Black Votes Matter
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the Ladies of the "Sweet" Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Morehouse College Organizations (CASA and NAACP) will be hosting a voters' registration drive at Morehouse's Hump Wednesday.
To register to vote online click the link below:
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle U.S. Postage Stamp Project
In 1908, because of the leadership, determination, savvy, political and intellectual skill of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was founded. She was an outstanding educator and civic leader. Ethel Hedgeman Lyle was the first college-trained African American teacher in Oklahoma and was exemplary in her methods and service. In 2015, in recognition of her extraordinary achievements, a state highway was dedicated in her honor in Eufaula, Oklahoma.
Today, with over 283,000 members, this 108-year-old Sisterhood has touched every corner of the United States and nearly every continent in the world, conducting service projects that have impacted generations of people. Ethel Hedgeman Lyle has made significant impact on the American culture through her noteworthy and enduring contributions to our society and history. It is time to honor this civic visionary, and have her join the ranks of other remarkable and historic figures of America and the world, by having her image appear on a U.S. postal stamp. We need your help to make it happen.
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