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AKA's kick off 2014-2018 community service programs

8/8/2014, 6 a.m.
Baltimore Metropolitan area Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated members, including Epsilon Omega President E. Francine Stokes-McElven, the 27th North ...
Epsilon Omega President E. Francine Stokes-McElven; the 27th North Atlantic Regional Director Erma W. Barron; and the 18th International President Mattelia Grays. (Courtesy Photo)

Baltimore Metropolitan area Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated members, including Epsilon Omega President E. Francine Stokes-McElven, the 27th North Atlantic Regional Director Erma W. Barron, and the 18th International President Mattelia Grays took part in a tribute to the organization’s 12th International President Edna Over Gray Campbell during a wreath laying ceremony in Owings Mills, Maryland on Saturday, April 2, 2013.

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The event was part of a nationwide celebration called “A Celebration of Remembrance, A Proud Past…A Promising Future.” The newly installed international president, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson made it the initial event of her 2014-2018 service programs.

During the next four years members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will address community needs with programs in five target areas that include educational enrichment; health promotion; family strengthening; environmental ownership; and global impact. Many initiatives will focus at the community level.

Part of the community focus includes supporting students through AKA One Million BackpacksSM. Over the next four years members will donate and distribute 1,000,000 backpacks and school supplies to students worldwide. At the community level, Baltimore City’s Epsilon Omega Chapter will host a back to school fair on August 15, 2014 featuring resources for parents and students at 3515 Dolfield Avenue.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and the African continent. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, is often hailed as "America's premier Greek-letter organization for African American women." For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log onto www.aka1908.com.