Thousands of AKA Members Headed to Bay Area to 'Meet and to Serve'

3/20/2012, 10:35 p.m.

More than 10,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - America's first Greek-letter organization founded in 1908 by, and for, African-American college women and one of the nation's leading service organizations - will converge upon San Francisco from July 21-27 for its biennial conference. The event will beheld at the Moscone Center, and among those in attendance will be sorors from as far as Germany, Japan, South Korea and Nassau.

International President Carolyn House Stewart will preside over the weeklong gathering, which will boast the theme: "65th Boule: Gateway to Global Leadership Through Timeless Service."

This marks the second time in the sorority's 104-year history that the convention is being held in San Francisco. The first conference was held in 1955 at the Fairmont Hotel. San Francisco is home to former international president Dr. Ida Jackson and more 1,000 members who serve the surrounding communities.

Paralleling their program theme, the sorority will host a town hall, youth summit, economic summit and a panel on volunteering. Alpha Kappa Alpha will also open the "Unsung AKA Members of the Civil Rights Movement Museum" which will chronicle and graphically dramatize members' contributions to the Movement.

Another feature of the weeklong event will be a public meeting on Sunday, July 22. Its purpose is to acquaint the area with AKA's mission and impressive record of service on a local, regional, national and global arena. Awards will be presented to international leaders during this event, which is free and open to the public.

As an extension of AKA's mission "to serve all mankind," members will donate school supplies to Bay Area social service agencies. The collection drive is expected to yield hundreds of thousands of dollars in school supplies, which will assist families weighed down by the fragile economy and with limited funds.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Alpha Kappa Alpha boasts more than 250,000 women in 965 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Bermuda, South Korea, the Bahamas, Japan and on the continent of Africa who are dedicated to service.

Since its founding, members have donated more than 3.5 million hours to programs that have benefited over 16 million people worldwide. Its membership includes a wide array of outstanding luminaries who cross several disciplines and industries.

Among its high-profile members are Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; poets Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou, Dr. Mae Jemison, first woman of color to travel into space, actresses Phylicia Rashad and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Grammy Award winner, Alicia Keys and Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and newly-elected lawmakers Terri Sewell and Frederica Wilson. The late civil rights champions Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and Septima Poinsette Clark were also members. Attorney Carolyn House Stewart is the 27th international president. For more information, log on to www.aka1908.com.