Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold its 60th South Atlantic Regional Conference April 17-21 in North Charleston at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Nearly 3,500 members from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are expected to attend and deliver an economic impact of more than $4 million dollars to the local community.
During the conference, members will address economic, health and social justice and human rights issues as well as participate in a school supply collection to benefit local children whose parents are incarcerated.
A youth summit is also planned and will emphasize the importance of developing young people for leadership roles.
Discussion topics will include Leadership, Laws impacting Teens, Teen Philanthropy, Branding for the Z Generation and Maintaining Healthy Relationships. At the public meeting, members of the military will be honored for their service to the nation and persons who have made significant contributions in the community will be recognized. Other special activities for family members, guests and the community will also be available.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by black women as it was formed on Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University. Led by International President Carolyn House Stewart, the organization connects thousands of college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs.
Hostess chapters for the South Atlantic Regional Conference consist of 16 graduate chapters and 11 undergraduate chapters from South Carolina and Georgia. The South Atlantic Region is noted as the largest of the 10 regions in the sorority.
The region, under the leadership of regional director Marsha Lewis Brown of Tampa, Fla., is comprised of 164 graduate and undergraduate chapters. With a membership of more than 260,000 women, the sorority has more than 975 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea and Africa. Special recognition will be given to members who have served the sorority for 25, 50 and 75 years.
The public is invited to attend: the public meeting on Thursday, April 18 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and the ecumenical service on Sunday, April 21 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
For more information visit, www.akasouthatlanticregion.org.