Actress/Singer/Philanthropist Joins Trio of Notables Inducted as Honorary Members
CHICAGO -- Actress, singer and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete was recently inducted into the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as an honorary member during a ceremony held in Los Angeles.
In making the announcement, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's international president, Carolyn House Stewart, explained that honorary membership is the Sorority's highest lifetime tribute and is extended to illustrious women of noteworthy achievements. She said that since its founding in 1908, the Sorority has extended honorary membership to a select few.
Holly Robinson Peete, best known for her starring roles in a series of popular television shows, is an actress, singer and author. In 1997, she added "philanthropist" to her titles when she and husband Rodney Peete founded the HollyRod Foundation. It is dedicated to giving compassionate care to persons living with autism and Parkinson's disease and was inspired by Ms. Peete's father and son, who were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and autism, respectively.
Peete is also a singer and author who penned the books, "Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game! A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football" and the children's book, "My Brother Charlie," for which she won an NAACP Image Award.
Peete is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she majored in psychology and French. She speaks four languages and spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris.
She joins a trio of accomplished women who were initiated into the Sorority recently. They include: Suzanne Malveaux, CNN anchor; Carolyn Maull McKinstry, activist, author and survivor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama; and Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management.
"The many activities of these new members and their dedication to the welfare of all mankind and leadership merit this honor," said. "We welcome them to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and look forward to them being a part of the Sorority's mission to initiate new movements and launch programs that support our theme: 'Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.'"