AKA: The Centennial, Michelle Obama & Barbie
Ms. Michelle Obama has joined, and is
now one of the notable ladies of, the
AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha) sorority
It was announced, at the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority, Inc.
Boule (National Convention), that during the week of July 14, 2008,
Mrs. Michelle Obama accepted the invitation to become inducted
as a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority Inc. .
The scheduling of the induction ceremony was set to take place in
Washington, DC during the National Centennial Convention festivities.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority is known for it's rich
and empowering history -- and -- the year 2008 has been
greatly anticipated as being that in which the Alpha Kappa
Alpha (AKA) sorority hosts it's 100th Celebration Boule
in honor of it's 100 years of amazing achievement.
Congratulations to the Ladies of the Alpha Kappa
Alpha (AKA) sorority and also to Michelle Obama !
Other Notable AKAs Include, but are not at
all limited to, the following individuals . . .
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle - Founder and
"guiding light" of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority -- Inc. whose purpose was to
promote scholarship -- sisterhood -- and
service among Black college women.
Coretta Scott King -- Activist -- wife /
widow of Dr. Martin Luther King -- Jr.
Rosa Parks -- Civil rights movement, activist
Virginia Foster Durr -- Civil rights activist
Michelle Obama -- Attorney
and wife of Barak Obama
Eleanor Roosevelt -- Humanitarian;
and wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Elinor Guggenheimer -- City Commissioner;
humanitarian; founder of Women's Forum
Jane Addams -- Founder of Chicago's Hull House
Julia Lathrop -- 1st Children's Bureau director
Addie D. Waites Hunton -- A founder of the
National Association of Colored Women
Carol Thompson Cole -- Several high-ranking
positions in the District of Columbia
Jane C. Wright -- Surgeon; cancer researcher
Sara N. Brown -- Physician; 1st woman
alumna trustee of Howard University
Jane Edna Hunter -- Nurse; social advocate;
founder-director of Cleveland's Phyllis
Wheatley Association & House
Jessie Bryant Mosley -- Founder-director Smith
Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
Ethel Alpenfels -- Anthropologist
Bettiann Gardner -- 1st African American
woman part-owner of an NBA team;
co-founder -- Soft Sheen Products
Jewell Jackson McCabe -- Businesswoman; founder
-- National Coalition of 100 African-American Women
Marian Anderson -- Opera star; concert artist
Antoinette Garnes -- Concert singer; musician
Suzette Charles -- Former Miss America
Joan Bernard Armstrong --
Appeals judge (New Orleans, LA)
Joyce London Alexander -- 1st African-American
-- woman Chief Judge of a Massachusetts court; 1st
African-American -- woman U.S. Magistrate Judge
Julia Cooper Mack -- Senior judge --
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Bertina Lampkin -- Circuit court judge
Constance Baker Motley -- Federal Judge
Hazel O'Leary -- United States Secretary
for the Department of Energy.
Sharon Pratt Kelly - The first woman
to serve as mayor of Washington -- D.C.
Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke -- former
Congresswoman from California and first woman
to chair the Democratic National Convention
Marietta Tree -- 1st U.S. woman ambassador to
the U.N.; founder -- Harlem's Syndenham Hospital
Shirlee Tailor Haizlip -- Author
of The Sweeter The Juice.
Bebe Moore Campbell -- Author
Valada S. Flewellyn -- Poet; author
Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
-- Advice Columnist for Essence.
Michelle Miller Morial -- Journalist
Lillian Rogers Parks -- Author
-- White House Seamstress;
Caterina Jarboro -- Opera singer
Alicia Keys -- Grammy Award-
Cleo Parker Robinson -- Executive Artistic
Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater
Carmen de Lavallade Holder --
Dancer; actress; choreographer
Virginia Johnson -- Prima ballerina
Olivia Cole -- Actress
Jada Pinkett Smith -- Actress
Lynn Whitfield -- Emmy Award-winning actress
Julie Dash -- Filmmaker; 1st African-American woman
to have a full-length general theatrical release in the U.S.
Ntozake Shange -- Playwright; author of `for colored girls
who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf'.
Phylicia Rashad - Actress on the award-winning
Cosby Show and the tv series Cosby.
Meta Vaux Warrick-Fuller -- Artist; sculptor
Jan Spivey Gilchrist -- Artist; illustrator
Dr. Mae Jemison -- 1st woman
astronaut of any part-Black descent
Dr. Zoanne Clack -- MD -- MPH --
FACEP -- medical consultant -- writer
Marilyn Hughes Gatson -- Assistant
Surgeon General; pediatrician
Dorothy Boulding Ferebee -- advocate for
women's health; established health clinics
in Washington -- D.C. and Mississippi
Dr. Annie (Bessie) Delaney -- 2nd
African-American woman licensed to practice
dentistry in New York having earned a D.D.S.
Sarah (Sadie) Delaney -- 1st African-American
to teach domestic science at the high school level
Faye Wattleton - The first woman to head the
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Dr. Debbye Turner -- former Miss
Marva Collins - Founder of her own
private school in Chicago's west side.
Ethel H. Hall -- VP Alabama
State Board of Education
Diane Watson - The first Black woman
to preside over the California State Senate.
C. Delores Tucker - National Chairman of the
National Political Congress of Black Women.
Cardiss Collins -- Illinois Congresswoman
Alma G. Stallworth -- Michigan State representative
Lou Nelle Sutton -- Texas State representative
C. Delores Tucker -- Secretary of State
(Pennsylvania) 1st African-American and 2nd
woman ever named to Cabinet-level post in the state
Angie Brookes - The first woman
President of the United Nations
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker -- PhD.
-- President of the United States
Committee for UNICEF.
M. Athalie Range -- Human
Affairs Secretary -- Florida
Enolia P. McMillan -- Educator; activist
Sarah Moore Greene -- Educator; activist
Ruth Simmons -- 1st African American
to helm one of the Seven Sister colleges
Iyanla Vanzant -- Author -- Attorney;
Johnnie Rebecca Carr -- Civil rights activist
Mary E. Peabody -- Civil & human rights worker
Charlotte Hawkins Brown -- President of Palmer
Memorial Institute; 1st African American
appointed to National YWCA Board
Margaret Burroughs -- Principal founder of Chicago's
DuSable Museum of African American History
June Jackson Christmas -- Founder Harlem
Rehabilitation Center; one of the 1st
African American Vassar College graduates
Emma C. Chappell -- 1st African American woman
founder of a commercial bank in the U.S.
Ernesta Procope -- President of 1st
African-American owned business on Wall Street
Patricia P. Gibson -- Businesswoman; 1st woman to
receive William F. Nabors Marketer of the Year Award
Deborah Stewart-Parker -- President-CEO
-- International Business Solutions -- Inc.
Carol H. Williams -- Founder-President
-- Carol H. Williams Advertising
Jessye Norman -- Opera soprano
Lauren Anderson -- 1st African American
principal dancer in the Houston Ballet
Jessie L. Vann -- Pittsburgh Courier publisher
Andrea Lyle-Wilson -- Writer; manager; granddaughter
of founding member Ethel Hedgeman Lyle
Muriel Lyle-Smith -- TV producer; granddaughter
of founding member Ethel Hedgeman Lyle
Maya Angelou -- Poet; author; filmmaker
Belva Davis -- 1st African American woman
TV reporter on the West Coast
Toni Morrison - Nobel prize
winning novelist and poet.
Marla Gibbs -- Actress
JoMarie Payton Noble -- Actress
Nichelle Nichols -- Actress; NASA representative
Ella Fitzgerald -- Jazz singer
Gladys Knight -- Grammy
Award-winning singer; actress
Emma Clarissa Clement -- U.S. Mother of the year
Alice Coachman Davis -- 1st African American
woman to win an Olympic gold medal;
Zina Garrison -- Olympic gold medalist -- tennis
Vonetta Jeffreys Flowers -- 1st African American
woman to win a Winter Olympics gold medal
C. Vivian Stringer -- Rutgers
University women's basketball coach
Emma Sarah Ransom -- Educator; social worker; activist
Elise McDougald Ayer -- Vocational education pioneer
Wilhelmina Lawrence -- A.M.E. Church
Women's Missionary Society president
Delores Parker Morgan -- Soloist; pianist
Hazel L. Harrison -- Pianist; concert artist
Maude Cuney-Hare -- Pianist; lecturer; writer
Ann Sunsteen Kheel -- Civic leader; philanthropist
Anna A. Curry -- Librarian; literacy advocate
Margaret M. Lawrence -- Child psychiatrist; psychoanalyst
Edith Finlayson -- Nurse; community service civic leader
Delores D. Wharton -- Corporate director; arts advocate
Laura Wheeling Waring -- Artist; painter; writer
Mary L. Bell -- 1st African-American
radio station owner-operator in Detroit
Dorothy Brunson -- 1st African American
woman to purchase a radio station
Catherine L. Hughes -- CEO/Owner -- Radio One
Suzanne de Passe -- Emmy Award-winning producer
Vijaya L. Pandit -- 1st woman & 1st Asian
elected President of U.N. General Assembly
Elena Diaz-Verson Amos -- 1st president
of the Latin American Studies Club
Sonia Sanchez -- Noted author and poet
Margaret Busby -- UK's 1st black woman book
publisher; invested by Queen Elizabeth II
into the Order of the British Empire
Lois Marion Roselyn Perinchief -- 1st woman
of color in Bermuda to qualify as a horologist
Edith Mai Padmore -- 1st woman cabinet
member -- Republic of Liberia
Sheila Makate Sisulu -- South
African Ambassador to the U.S.
Edith G. Ssempala -- Uganda
Ambassador to the U.S.
Leah Tutu - Wife of South African
activist Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Marjorie Judith Vincent
-- Miss America -- 1991
Elma Lewis -- Teacher; administrator
Sylvia Ross Talbot -- Vice moderator
of World Council of Churches
· Wilson, Wendy L. "Michelle Obama to become honorary member
of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc." Essence. Magazine
This is great news, Wendy and thanks so much for
sharing with the Gen-Mixed community this great
information about both the Divine Literary Tour
and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Centennial !!
Also ... listed below are a few additional links
which help to provide additional information
on the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Event;
the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; and the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Barbie Doll (which
was recently created by the Mattel ®
corporation in honor of Alpha Kappa
Alpha and the services that it has
provided to many American
communities for generations).
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Community
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Barbie Doll
(created by Mattel ® in honor of the AKA sorority)
"Wendy Coakley-Thompson" <me@...> wrote:
Please see the message below from Monica Carter Tagore,
one of the Divine Literary Tour's organizers and, if you're in DC,
come and check us out at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial!
Wendy Coakley-Thompson, Ph.D.
Author, Back to Life and
What You Won't Do For Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSjofzKTHQ8----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 6:57 PM
Subject: DLT authors sign books in D.C.
at historic anniversary event
The Divine Literary Tour
Toschia Moffett, (254) 371-9898
July 11, 2008
History-making tour to be a part
of milestone anniversary event
Washington, DC -- The Divine Literary Tour will bring exciting
authors to this city as part of the celebration surrounding the
100th anniversary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The Divine Literary Tour is a first-of-its-kind tour of
authors coming together to promote literacy, unity and
the diversity on the African-American literary landscape.
The Divine Literary Tour includes both nonfiction
and fiction authors, as well as poets.
Authors who will be a part of the D.C. festivities
include Bern Nadette Stanis, who played Thelma
on CBS' 'Good Times', award winner Thomas
Brooks and performance poet Marc Lacy.
Other authors include Latasha Hines,
Richard James, Dr. Gregory Parks,
Trice Hickman, LaShon Williams,
Dr. Wendy Coakley-Thompson,
Fred Williams, Rhonda Lawson,
Monique Miller and Sylvester Lee.
The Divine Literary Tour will be at the Alpha Kappa Alpha
Centennial Celebration at the Washington Convention
Center daily, today through July 17, at booth 731.
Authors will autograph their books
and answer readers' questions.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest historically- black sorority in
the United States, and celebrates 100 years of service in a
weeklong D.C. celebration that will include a range of events.
The Divine Literary Tour, founded in 2005, includes members of the
black Greek organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
In addition to celebrating authors, the tour
raises money for scholarships to support needy
but deserving students who want a higher education.
To learn more about The Divine Literary
Tour, visit www.thedivineliterarytour.com.
President, RootSky Creative
With intention and purpose,
Monica Carter Tagore
Publisher, Knowledge Wealth Series
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