For several decades, the Alpha Kappa Alphas (AKAs) have supported Africare in a number of important ways, not the least of which is financially. Incorporated in 1908 on the campus of Howard University, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded by nine students. Since then, it has grown tremendously and is now more than 283,000 strong. A true sisterhood, the AKAs are driven by a commitment to servant-leadership that is international in scope.
Their ethos is twofold: lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world. In that respect, their involvement with Africare is relevant and meaningful, and the benefits are indeed mutual.
For these reasons, Africare is honoring the AKAs at this year’s Bishop Walker Dinner, which will be held November 7, 2015, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Africare will recognize the AKA’s work on our behalf. Plans to honor the Sorority have been in the works for more than a year.
In keeping with the AKA tradition of service-leadership, AKA chapters all over the country have made special efforts to provide support to Africare throughout the past year, and several members have personally worked to spread understanding and recognition of what Africare does, its mission and programs among their Sorority Sisters. Last week, the New Zeta Omega Chapter of the AKAs visited Africare headquarters and participated in an interactive presentation from Africare’s International Program Department about our programs, our staff, our footprint on the continent and why we do what we do.
We were very pleased to host these illustrious, dedicated women and we look forward to doing more with AKA chapters in the future, and continuing what has become a time-honored tradition of support and collaboration.