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  • Article requests: Expand national presidents (low) make pages for the founders (top) (1), Yes check.svg Done expand the history, ask sorority headquarters for EAF and ESP images from website (fair use images) Get a picture of Miner Hall (public domain), expand lead section
  • Cleanup: Citations (i.e. Should the period go before the citation or after?) After
  • Copyedit: Article needs to be copyedited to see if grammar flows smoothly.
  • Expand: 1930-40 National Health Office (1950-1970) grants and information after the war; (EXPAND ACHR to 1950-1970) Yes check.svg Done Programs and NPHC Involvement(NPHC is merged into the 1920s-1950s section of the article), incorporate pictures into article once the history section is finished. List of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters needs to be updated.Yes check.svg Done List is FL. Miranda 03:39, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
  • Merge: May merge community service into history
  • NPOV: Hazing incidents ... California. (in 1990s section)
  • Stubs: NPHC History
  • Update: Main programs of Barbara McKinzie's administration for news about the program.
  • Verify: Citations and expand Marjorie Parker's books in References
  • Wikify: delete repetitive links. (i.e. don't hyperlink Alpha Phi Alpha if the organization is hyperlinked in the beginning {{Alpha Phi Alpha}})
  • Other: get a peer review/GA review [pending] and a newly updated assessment. Once stable, nominate for the release version. Get FA assessment when done. Get a pic of Rankin Chapel's Founders Window and pics of community service. Yes check.svg Done Already a featured article. miranda 06:15, 22 January 2008 (UTC)
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Phenomenal[edit]

In October 1999, Norma S. White, the 25th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. answered the call and accepted an invitation from Stacey Chambers (owner of Elite Management Group)and New Jersey Delegate for the Business Women's Network lead by Edie Fraser Oppenheimer(Washington, DC). Chambers who has been a financial supporter of several Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters for many years, assisted in constructing the historical Memorandum of Understanding between BWN (world's largest network of women business owners and executives) and six US Department Agencies created through the US Department of the Interior. The six departments are: US Department of the Interior, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Commerce, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency,and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The scope of the MOU is to promote equal opportunity in transportation-related careers, to advance transportation safety awareness programs, to improve job access and to provide jobs and transportation-related educational opportunities for those in economically disadvantaged communities. Without hesistation, White arrived in Washington DC and signed the MOU as did business women owners and corporate leaders who represented 33 countries around the globe. Stacey Chambers a proud graduate of Rutgers University, Newark New Jersey, and Edgewood Regional High School in Atco New Jersey, University of Pennsylvania, Rowan University and Gloucester County College, followed the advice of friend and role model Dr. William Cosby, Jr. and (ANC)President Winnie Mandela who inspired Chambers to continue post-baccalaureate education and certifications in the areas she was lead to change. Chambers who Inducted into the Library of Congress National Registry of Who's Who in 1993 and 1994 is recognized for Phenomenal Entreprenural Leadership in the Business Community, and is well on her way to becoming an iconic figure of her generation. She is also given credit for founding the Puma USA Road Racing, Track and Field Team, North America and continues in her commitment to identify and bring together entities that take on social and economical American issues. She is also a recognizable face in the World Series of Poker Championship and World Poker Tour circuit, and is the entertainment consultant to Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack of the WSOP. Stacey Chambers who resides in Bel Air, California and Las Vegas Nevada, organized the 2008 Inaugural Gospel Choir which involved singers from all 50 states, is on the front line as a Surrogate Supporter for President Elect Barack Obama. Chambers is the owner of the actual campaign speech and acknowledgement notes read by Barack Obama at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 25, 2008. The former educator who is a film casting consultant and television producer, is planning a national summit on education in 2011."

Thanks. miranda 22:13, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

what?[edit]

can a white girl join? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.165.243.53 (talk) 00:52, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Read the membership section on the website. miranda 01:21, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Please note: It was Stacey Chambers who contacted and recruited many signees to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. She contacted and recruited former President Norma White of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, to take part of this historical event.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater Signs MOU With Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

U.S. Department of Transportation

April 22, 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 22, 1999 Contact: Lorie Dankers Tel.: 202-366-5565 DOT 61-99

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with representatives of the nation’s first Black sorority to promote the "Buckle Up, America" campaign and promote careers in transportation.

Secretary Slater and Norma White, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) signed the MOU during a Women’s History Month and Take Your Daughter to Work program hosted by the Department of Transportation.

"Alpha Kappa Alpha has already proven to be a strong partner of this department through its support for our seat belt initiative and through its commitment to the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program" said Secretary Slater. "We are delighted to formally welcome AKA into the family."

AKA will join in a formal partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation to promote equal opportunity in transportation-related careers, to advance transportation safety awareness programs, to improve job access and to provide job and transportation-related educational opportunitities for those in economically disadvantaged communities.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program has three goals: to build a bridge between America's youth and the transportation community; to support the development of improved educational technology that provides better ways for people to acquire new skills; and to ensure that America's transportation work force for the 21st century is technologically literate and internationally competitive.


  1. # # — Preceding unsigned comment added by 131.216.14.39 (talk) 19:27, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Descent[edit]

"Consisting of college-educated women of African, Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic descent..." - I suggest to change "descent" into "appearance" or "phenotype". The current formulation has several problems: In the concept of "Caucasian Race", Hispanics do belong to it, and the descent might be mixed, not all parts influencing the phenotype of a person in an obvious way. --KnightMove (talk) 08:21, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

How about Consisting of college-educated women descending from African, Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic races? or Consisting of college-educated African, Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic women? I would pick option 2. Thanks for noticing this. miranda 08:44, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
I agree with version 2, that's simpler and better. --KnightMove (talk) 18:13, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done miranda 20:53, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

We have members of all races and backgrounds. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 198.146.87.33 (talk) 16:03, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Big sales pitch[edit]

What a great big advert this is. Disappointing it's a main page FA. Tempshill (talk) 23:34, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

It's not an advertisement, but has to deal with an organization of notable importance. Here's a challenge for you, make any article featured, rather than making snide comments about "the process". Thank you. miranda 00:04, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

This is not at all notable. It's about some school club in America - why would anybody who's not already in the club be interested in reading it? I think it should be proposed for deletion. Seconders?86.156.31.23 (talk) 18:32, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

How about, you re-look at this. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that the content should be censored on the project. miranda 00:05, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
BTW, if you would actually read the article, the organization is international, and not "in America". Reading is fundamental. miranda 00:08, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
To answer the IP's question: For Europeans it's not a matter of course that there existed an African-American sorority in the first decade of the 20th century. That was a very interesting read. --KnightMove (talk) 15:10, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Controversy[edit]

Is there any controversy related to this sororety? I find it hard to believe that anything can exist for over 100 years and not be involved in some kind of scandal. I think that would also save it from the topic of "deletion," also a list of notable alumni (if there isn't one already). -Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.128.214.5 (talk) 21:03, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

If you would read through the article, your questions would be answered. miranda 21:12, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

One of the pictures from the article...[edit]

this one is used here on the Sorority's website. miranda 21:38, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Grad Prospect[edit]

I am in Peoria, IL and have located my chapter, but there are no events on the calendar so how should I go about trying to show interest? Tori J —Preceding unsigned comment added by 205.142.178.36 (talk) 11:14, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

You should look at the official Alpha Kappa Alpha website for membership questions. miranda 07:38, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Mrs. Clinton declines membership[edit]

I can, just barely, accept that Mrs. Clinton's declination of membership is worth mentioning, but certainly there is no reason to have her photo. Her decision is not one of the important moments in the history of this organization, and it was based on uncontroversial reasoning. I think it should be removed unless someone has a good argument for keeping it. Nicmart (talk) 00:54, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Motto[edit]

Within the box with basic information about the sorority is notes that the motto is, "My Merit and Culture." This is backwards. The motto is in fact, "By Culture and By Merit." The source that is cited actually states it correctly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.57.71.202 (talk) 06:49, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

Then change it. That is how Wikipedia works. 166.82.169.51 (talk) 15:43, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Change to admission of all Races[edit]

I have found a good secondary reference for the date (1946 Boule) and circumstances for when Alpha Kappa Alpha opened its membership to all races. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wBomAAAAIBAJ&sjid=of0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=4664%2C4141052 . Does anyone have opinions on where this fact should be put?

  • In the chronological order with the history (which would put it either before or after the ACHR information which occured at the 1946 Boule)
  • In the membership section?
  • Elsewhere?

My general thoughts are to put it in the membership section.Naraht (talk) 15:11, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Secrets and Rituals published on WikiLeaks[edit]

I believe it is encyclopedic that the fact that WikiLeaks published the secrets and rituals of Alpha Kappa Alpha should at least be noted here (without acutally listing the rituals). http://www.wikileaks.org/wiki/Alpha_Kappa_Alpha_Secret_Ritual_circa_1977 Thoughts? 166.82.169.51 (talk) 15:40, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Women's Suffrage March 1913[edit]

Wasn't participation in the Women's Suffrage March rejected by the membership of Alpha Kappa Alpha with the resulting discord inciting the founding of Delta Sigma Theta? It is well documented that a policy at Howard during this period required that female students be chaperoned by male faculty/staff. Archived records identify that members of Deltas Sigma Theta applied for and confirmed chaperones in February of 1913 for the express purpose of marching in the demonstration; no such data identifying women of Alpha Kappa Alpha can be located or verified. As a result, the reference regarding participation of AKA's in the Suffrage March on March 3, 1913 should be deleted. Imhotep40 (talk) 05:35, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

The reference to Alpha Kappa Alpha's participation should not be deleted because at that date and time all the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha were graduates of Howard. Thus, they did not need chaperones to participate in the Women's Suffrage March.

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