Chicago, Illinois – November 26, 2012 – Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from all over the world will journey to Baltimore, Maryland from January 11-13, 2013 to celebrate the organization’s 105th anniversary. The Sorority, which boasts 265,000 members in 969 chapters worldwide, is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.
Led by International President Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, members will salute the nine visionary women who founded the organization on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University. Dressed in their signature pink-and-green colors, members will also pay tribute to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s illustrious history.
Because of the historic significance of the celebration, the three days of celebration will be inspired by the theme: “Reflections and Remembrance of Timeless Service.”
Baltimore was selected for this celebration because of its historical significance to African-American history. It is the birthplace of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, whose storied legal career is a model of courage and conviction. Since its founding, Alpha Kappa Alpha has been a tireless civil rights advocate and has supported the causes that Justice Marshall championed. For that reason, he is hailed as a “hero.”
To underscore Alpha Kappa Alpha’s commitment to the community, and in recognition of the city’s needs, members will engage in a series of service projects. Hailed as “community outreach initiatives,” the projects embrace the full spectrum of service that Alpha Kappa Alpha symbolizes and parallels the sorority’s administration’s theme: “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.”
The Sorority will also host a health panel and a forum on human trafficking as part of its resolve to grapple with issues that affect those it serves. The panel and the forum will be held at the Baltimore Hilton in Downtown Baltimore.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha is honored and humbled to come to Baltimore for our Founders’ Day celebration,” declared International President Stewart. “We will pay tribute to our outstanding founders whose vision of service has endured for 105 years. We will also join the Baltimore chapters to engage in community outreach activities as a way of uplifting the City. In essence, this weekend will showcase Alpha Kappa Alpha’s core mission: ‘Service to all mankind.’”