Africare and the Sorority’s Alpha, Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega, and Rho Mu Omega Chapters, will host a candlelight vigil at Howard University
WASHINGTON (December 12, 2013) – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, today announced its partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) for a candlelight vigil honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The Alpha, Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega and Rho Mu Omega Chapters will participate in a community ceremony with Africare on Sunday, December 15, 2013 on The Yard at Howard University at 5:00 p.m.
President Mandela lent his voice, heart and time to the eradication of poverty and elimination of preventable disease, and his steadfastness impacted millions around the world. Representatives from Africare, AKA and Howard University will gather for a moment of silence, words and song in remembrance of one of the world’s greatest leaders.
“Africare is proud to partner with our long-time supporters, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as we carry on the legacy of a man who meant so much to the world,” said Darius Mans, president, Africare. “Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela continued to fight for the universal ideals of equality, freedom and justice, and now it’s up to organizations like Africare and Alpha Kappa Alpha to continue his work.”
The mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is service to all mankind. In a statement released by the Sorority last week, President Mandela was praised as a “mosaic of courage, conviction and humility,” and it was promised that the sorority’s newly-formed chapter in South Africa “would be an extension of his hopes for the country’s men, women, and young people.” On behalf of the Sorority’s 280,000 members in 973 graduate and undergraduate chapters, including several in Washington, D.C., International President Carolyn House Stewart noted that President Mandela would continue “to live in the hearts and minds of all of our members.”
In 1994, Africare presented Nelson Mandela with its Bishop John T. Walker Humanitarian Service Award. In 1998, Mr. Mandela became Africare’s Honorary Chairman of the Board and regarded Africare as one of America’s “greatest gifts to Africa.” Africare presented Nelson Mandela with the Bishop John T. Walker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. His daughter, Zindzi Mandela, accepted the award on his behalf.
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Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has provided well over $1 billion of assistance and support through more than 2,500 projects in Agriculture & Food Security; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women’s Empowerment; and Health, HIV & AIDS that have impacted millions of beneficiaries in 36 countries in Africa. Visit http://www.africare.org for more information.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. AKA has graduate and undergraduate chapters throughout the United States and internationally, including several in the District of Columbia. AKA is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse any political party or candidate for public office. Visit http://www.aka1908.com/ for more information.