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  • 29 Aug 2014 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 19, 2014 - Meredith L. Henderson of Albany, New York, a state senate executive was installed as the 2014 - 2016 North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), a 106-year old international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Comprised of more than 265,000 members who hail from 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters worldwide, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the nation’s oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.  


    Henderson, along with the Sorority’s board of directors was sworn in during a culminating ceremony at the group’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 - 18.  The installation took place before thousands of members, dignitaries and special guests assembled at the Charlotte Convention Center to witness the event. 


    As North Atlantic Regional Director, Henderson joined nine other regional directors who serve as local managers of AKA chapters and members within their prescribed geographic territory.  Henderson now oversees the region that was the birthplace of the Sorority and includes the states of Massachusetts, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.  She is the 33rd woman to hold this position and is a direct report to Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha. 


    “I assume the role of the North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha with a humble heart and laser-focused commitment to faithfully serve the communities and membership that fall under my purview, as well as the sorority at-large,” said Henderson.  “I am excited and energized at the prospect of assuming leadership of a region rich in history and dedicated to service to all mankind.”


    Professionally, Henderson is a Chief of Staff in the New York State Senate where she oversees the overall management, administration and operations of her state senator’s offices in Albany and Southeast Queens, NY.  Previously, she served as the Deputy Secretary for the President of the New York State Senate, the first African-American and first woman to serve in the position.


    Henderson resides in Albany, New York. 

  • 17 Jul 2014 9:59 PM | Anonymous

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- July 17, 2014 -- Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Africa.

    She was sworn in during a ceremony culminating the Sorority’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 - July 18. The installation took place at the Charlotte Convention Center before thousands of Alpha Kappa Alpha members, dignitaries, and loved ones.

    In ascending to the Sorority’s chief leadership position, Buckhanan Wilson makes history as the only member to serve four consecutive terms on its international board of directors.

    “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to lead Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and involvement in their local communities through advocacy and service. Over the next four years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will deliver an unprecedented amount of high impact, hands-on service programs in our local communities,” said Buckhanan Wilson.

    As the 29th woman to lead the 106-year-old organization, Buckhanan Wilson will guide policy, develop programs and set the leadership tone for Alpha Kappa Alpha members and chapters worldwide.

    Professionally, Buckhanan Wilson is a Senior Vice President at Goodwill Industries, where she is responsible for a $25 million dollar enterprise in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago. With more than 60,000 people served and 400 employees, she is one of the most senior officials at the largest Goodwill affiliate in the world. She has been a corporate leader for more than three decades, enjoying a distinguished career with companies such as the Xerox Corporation and S. C. Johnson Wax, where she was a marketing executive and the first African-American and one of youngest women promoted to brand manager.

    Her service in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority began when she was initiated in 1978 at Benedict College, a historically black college and university in Columba, South Carolina. She rose along the ranks from chapter president to Central Regional Director, International Secretary, International First Vice President and now International President. She has also served as Secretary and First Vice President of the Housing Foundation and the Educational Advancement Foundation, which awards more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

    An Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Life Member, she was the chartering president of Upsilon Mu Omega Chapter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and later organized the chapter’s nonprofit Diamond Jubilee Pearls Foundation.

    In addition to her years of service to the sorority, Buckhanan Wilson is a member of The Links, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women and the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

    Buckhanan Wilson holds an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and graduated with honors from Benedict College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. She has two children: daughter Courtney Renee, a 2014 Spelman College graduate and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and son Quinton Charles, a Hampton University senior.

    About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Africa. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log ontowww.aka1908.com.

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  • 28 May 2014 7:17 PM | Anonymous

  • 16 May 2014 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    News From The Assembly Democrats

    WATSON COLEMAN & TUCKER BILL TO HONOR HISTORIC BLACK SORORITY ADVANCED BY TRANSPORTATION PANEL

    (TRENTON) – Legislation introduced by Assemblywomen Bonnie Watson Coleman and Cleopatra G. Tucker to authorize special license plates honoring Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. passed in an Assembly panel on Thursday.

    The bill (A1993) would permit the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) license plates for any motor vehicle owned or leased and registered in New Jersey. The design of the plates would be chosen by the MVC chief administrator in cooperation with the AKA national president.

    "As a proud member of AKA, I am pleased that we have this opportunity to recognize a sisterhood committed to service and academic excellence," said Watson Coleman (D-Mercer, Hunterdon).

    "In addition to their pervasive poise and sheer brilliance, New Jersey's AKA members will soon have yet another way to show the world that they belong to this phenomenal organization," said Tucker (D-Essex).

    A $50 fee would apply to the special license plates upon first issuance, with a $10 annual fee applicable thereafter. All monies would be annually appropriated via the MVC to a specialized fund, overseen by the North Atlantic Regional AKA chapter, specifically set up to finance the license plate template.

    The bill also would require that the AKA contribute $25,000 to defray the startup costs of creating a new license plate template and that the plate design receive 500 applications before the MVC will put it into production.

    The bill was released by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.

    AKA is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women, according to the sorority's website. Founded in 1908, its 260,000 members hail from chapters in the United States and several countries across the globe.

    John Kelly
    Chief Office of Legislative Analysis and Disclosure
    New Jersey Division of Taxation
    PO Box 269 Trenton, NJ 08695
    (609) 292-7203
    (609) 775-5442

  • 07 May 2014 8:51 PM | Anonymous
    This year's Regional Service Project was a gift card drive to benefit The Children's Aid Society's Next Generation Center in the Bronx, NY. Sorors attending the 83rd North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC) donated gift cards totaling $13,496.50 to assist youth aging out of foster care in their transition to independent living. Specifically, the donated cards will be used to enable youth served by The Children's Aid Society to shop for food, clothing, toiletries, baby items and training. 

    The mission of The Children’s Aid Society is to help children in poverty to thrive and to succeed in Life. They do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. 

    Since their founding in 1853, Children’s Aid has been at the forefront of developing innovative and effective programs for New York City’s most vulnerable children. Children’s Aid serves New York’s neediest children and their families at more than 45 locations in New York City and Westchester County. Their caring begins before birth and continues into adulthood, addressing all aspects of a child’s development. And, because children are most likely to thrive when their families are stable, they provide a host of services to parents as well. 

    Today, The Children’s Aid Society provides adoption and foster care services at over a dozen sites in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as comprehensive preventative services designed to stabilize families and keep them intact whenever possible. They have specialized teams in Family Foster Care, Medical Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care and services for teens who are “aging out” of foster care. They work tirelessly to bring security and stability to children, by providing them with either a permanent home or an adoptive family. 

    The Children’s Aid Society has remained on the front lines of foster care reform and advocacy since 1853. The Orphan Train Movement, which was the beginning of the foster care movement in the U.S., and the success of other Children's Aid initiatives have led to a host of national child welfare reforms over two centuries, including child labor laws, adoption, foster care services, public education, the provision of health care, and nutrition and vocational training. In 2006, The Children’s Aid Society launched the Next Generation Center (NGC). It is a one-stop, multi-service center located in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, to support disconnected youth and those at-risk of becoming disconnected, as they transition to adulthood. The center provides a comprehensive and holistic set of services, programs and activities that support and drive young people to reconnect to positive institutions, school, work, relationships with caring adults and community-based supportive services and to divert them from negative institutions, criminal activity, detention and incarceration.

          


  • 11 Apr 2014 9:04 PM | Anonymous

    Alpha Kappa Alpha is on the Court! 


    Soror Morgan Tuck, Fall 2013 initiate of the Lambda Tau Chapter, is a Forward(#3) on the "Undefeated" University of Connecticut Women's Basketball Team. 

    On Tuesday, Soror Morgan celebrated with her tea

    mmates in Nashville, TN when they won the 2014 NCAA Championship against Notre Dame. Closing out her season with a PERFECT record 40-0, this Soror is a 2-time National Champion and looks forward returning to the court next season. 

    Soror Morgan was welcomed home Wednesday by her Lambda Tau and Epsilon Omicron Omega sorors.

    Soror Morgan thanks all the sorors for their support and looks forward to seeing everyone at NARC. Sorors let's congratulate Soror Morgan and her teammates on a job well-done.
  • 10 Oct 2013 8:14 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
      
    Please join Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ, for the 2nd Annual dfree® Conference Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    You don’t want to miss this opportunity as Dr. Soaries presents his dfree® campaign - the linchpin of a successful strategy to lead people, families, and organizations out of debt to attain financial independence.

    When
       November 1 & 2 - 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

     
    Where
    First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
    771 Somerset Street, Somerset, NJ 08873
      
      
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  • 18 Aug 2013 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    On August 23, 2013,the Postal Service™ will issue the Althea Gibson (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 470800). The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 23, 2013.

    The U.S. Postal Service® honors tennis great Althea Gibson (1927-2003) with the 36th stamp in its Black Heritage series. The first black player to win one of the four major singles tournaments, Gibson twice captured Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships (now known as the U.S. Open) and became the top-ranked player in the world. In the stamp art, artist Kadir Nelson depicts Gibson at Wimbledon. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

    Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha are invited to attend a special dedication ceremony to celebrate this historic occasion on August 24th.  The ceremony will be held in Newark, NJ and be hosted by the honorable Joseph DiVencenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive and RSVP is required. To download your copy of the invitation with all the event details, please visit the Regional Director Updates posted in the Members Only Section of this website.

  • 10 Jun 2013 9:46 PM | Anonymous
    On Thursday, June 20, 2013, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will partner with several other statewide women's groups (Planned Parenthood, American Association of University Women of NJ, League of Women Voters of NJ, NJ Citizen Action and Women's Political Caucus of NJ, to name a few) to advocate for issues important to women throughout the state of NJ. Issues Sorors will address with state legislators include: equal pay for equal work, women's health care, earned sick days, pay equity transparency, minimum wage increase and putting a stop to human trafficking.

    Sorors may register for the activity at http://njakastatehouseday2013.eventbrite.com/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT Soror Raissa L. Walker—rwalker636@aol.com
    Click the flyers below to download and share a copy!

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