Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: A Celebration of HBCUs

Dr. Zke Zimmerman, Ms. Alexis L. Parker, Mrs. Sheila B. Hutcherson, GSO President; Dr. Kisha Cunningham-Aites, Ms. Kellyn O. McGee, Esq., & Mr. Christopher K. Middleton, Esq
Dr. Zke Zimmerman, Ms. Alexis L. Parker, Mrs. Sheila B. Hutcherson, GSO President; Dr. Kisha Cunningham-Aites, Ms. Kellyn O. McGee, Esq., & Mr. Christopher K. Middleton, Esq

On September 17, 2018, the International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated challenged the more than 1000 chapters to raise “1 million dollars in one day” to show their support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as part of “HBCU Community Impact Day”. Under the thematic banner of “Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service”, Dr. Glenda Glover encouraged members to invite their family, friends and employers to join with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in this historic one-day investment effort and to make an IMPACT in the communities served. On September 18, Dr. Glover proudly proclaimed that Alpha Kappa Alpha raised 1.2 million dollars. “As leaders in service, sorority members have demonstrated that HBCUs have significant value and deserve to be treated as an essential educational resource. “

The celebration continued locally as the Gamma Sigma Omega (GSO) Chapter hosted a “National HBCU Week” symposium on September 29, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Bull Street Library Auditorium, 2002 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401. This symposium, designed to prepare students in grades 8 -12 for college, presented highlights of HBCUs contributions to higher education of African Americans through the documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising”. During the panel discussion moderated by Ms. Kellyn O. McGee, Esq., panelist provided valuable information regarding their experiences, challenges and growth while attending HBCUs. The panelists, Dr. Kisha Cunningham-Aites, Mr. Christopher K. Middleton, Esq., Ms. Alexis L. Parker and Dr. Zke Zimmerman, spoke fondly of the encouragement and nurturing they received at their HBCUs. In addition, Dr. Janice Munn offered college preparation strategies for the students and parents in attendance. GSO president Sheila B. Hutcherson encouraged the parents and students to continue to prepare for college and to take advantage of the resources provided during this symposium. For more information, please visit Gamma Sigma Omega Facebook. If you would like to donate to HBCUs, go to donate.akaeaf.org/

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