Linda White

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Linda Marie White[1]
Born (1942-04-21)21 April 1942 [1]
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.[1]
Died 27 February 2010(2010-02-27) (aged 67)

Linda Marie[2] White (1942–2010) was Alpha Kappa Alpha's twenty-sixth International President, who served from 2002 to 2006. The daughter of a Pullman porter, Ms. White was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.[3] She graduated from Parker High School, and entered Clark College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. White attained a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Chicago. After graduation, she worked as a Social Security area director.[4] She assumed the duties of International President at Alpha Kappa Alpha's 2002 Boulé in Orlando, Florida.[4]

2002 - 2006 Administration[edit]

During her administration as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, White implemented the S.P.I.R.I.T. theme. S.P.I.R.I.T. is an acronym for the following:[5]

S - Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service
P - Partnership
I - Innovation
R - Respect
I - Investment
T - Technology

The program consisted of initiatives related to health, the African-American family, arts, economics and education. Among other accomplishments, White was also instrumental in implementing the Ivy Reading AKAdemy and the Young Authors Program during her administration.

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  1. ^ a b c 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. 251.
  2. ^ Parker, Marjorie H. (1999). Past is Prologue: The History of Alpha Kappa Alpha 1908-1999. Chicago: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  p. 165.
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune - Linda M. White, 1942-2010: Former leader of nation’s oldest black sorority
  4. ^ a b "Alpha Kappa Alpha Presidents" (PDF). Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. March 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Alpha Kappa Alpha Presidents". Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Xi Alpha Chapter. July 18, 2006. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 

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