Barbara McKinzie

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Barbara A. McKinzie
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Born Ada, Oklahoma, U.S.[1]

Barbara A. McKinzie[1] was from 2006 to 2010 the twenty-seventh International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women.

Born in Oklahoma, McKinzie has a B.S. degree from East Central University as well as an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.[2] Before becoming president, she had various other roles in the sorority.[3][3][4] She is a certified public accountant and former Comptroller at the Chicago Housing Authority.[3]

Lawsuit to remove McKinzie[edit]

In July 2009, eight members of AKA sued the sorority to have McKinzie removed as president. They alleged that she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of organization funds on personal items, including jewelry and clothing. Further, the suit alleged that the AKA board approved a "pension stipend" of $4,000 a month for four years after McKinzie leaves office without the necessary approval of members, and that a $1 million life insurance policy was purchased for her. McKinzie was also accused of spending $900,000 on a life-sized wax statue of herself. McKinzie responded that $45 thousand was actually spent on statues of herself and the sorority's first International President, the late Nellie Quander. McKinzie said the expenses were "consistent with furthering AKA's mission," and that the lawsuit was "without merit." The plaintiffs additionally claimed that under McKinzie AKA lost large sums in investments.[5] In October 2009, legal counsel for AKA sent a letter to the plaintiffs' attorneys demanding that a web site supporting the lawsuit be removed from the Internet,[6] but the web site, Friends of the Weeping Ivy,[7] remained online.

After the lawsuit initially had been dismissed,[8][9] an appeals court found in favour of the defendants.[10] A subsequent audit led to findings which supported the assertions raised by the plaintiffs. In 2010, the lawsuit was dismissed for a final time in favor of the defendants citing that Miss McKinzie nor Alpha Kappa Alpha at was guilty of breeching their obligations to the sorority. [11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McNealey, Earnestine G. (2006). Pearls of Service: The Legacy of America’s First Black Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Chicago: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  p. 262.
  2. ^ Parker, Marjorie H. (1999). Past is Prologue: The History of Alpha Kappa Alpha 1908-1999. Chicago: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  p. 137
  3. ^ a b c "Uncrowned Queens: Barbara McKinzie". University at Buffalo. Retrieved 2007-10-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ McNealey 2006, op cit., p. 256.
  5. ^ Barbara McKinzie, Alpha Kappa Alpha President, Sued Over Personal Spending
  6. ^ http://www.friendsoftheweepingivy.com/pdf/Cooter's%20demand%20to%20shut%20down%20FOTWI.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.friendsoftheweepingivy.com
  8. ^ Judge dismisses suit against oldest black sorority
  9. ^ Alpha Kappa Alpha lawsuit dismissed
  10. ^ Alpha Kappa Alpha Lawsuit Reinstated by D. C. Appeals Court
  11. ^ http://www.friendsoftheweepingivy.com/PDF/Carolyn%20House%20Stewart%20to%20B%20Mckinzie%20Letters%20Demanding%20Money%202012.pdf
  12. ^ "Audit Finds Sorority Leader Commissioned Wax Statue Of Herself With Organization's Funding". Huffington Post. 2012-03-23. 

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