Deanna McCray-James – 1st Vice President,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Xi Omega Chapter
Lois Knight-Harrison – 1st Vice President,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Omega Chapter
January 15, 2013
BALTIMORE AREA CHAPTERS OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. “KEEPS THE PROMISE TO VETERANS” IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Baltimore, MD -– To commemorate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, eight local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Epsilon Omega, Rho Xi Omega, Upsilon Epsilon Omega, Alpha Delta (Morgan State University), Epsilon Kappa (Coppin State University), Lambda Beta (Towson University), Xi Tau (Johns Hopkins University) and Tau Theta (Stevenson University) Chapters will conduct two service projects to benefit Baltimore’s veteran community on Sunday, January 20, 2013.
The public is invited to donate dry cleaned men’s suit and business attire for veterans who are in transition and seeking employment at the AKA Suits for Soldiers Drive. The event will be held at the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET), 301 North High Street Baltimore, MD 21202, from 10 a.m. – Noon. Additionally, educational benefits session and an economic opportunity workshop will be conducted on site for veterans by several partner organizations including: Coppin State University, Morgan State University and Baltimore City Community College. These workshops are for invited veterans and closed to the public.
The public is also invited to attend the signature MLK Day On, Not a Day off program – America’s Sunday Supper at the Ivy Family Support Center, 3515 Dolfield Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215 from 3 – 5 p.m. The Sunday Supper will honor the Montford Point Marines, a segregated unit that was held from fighting in World War II. The event will include a moderated panel discussion with the Montford Point Marines, a brief address by Mr. Edward Chow, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs and light fare reception where members of the community may meet and engage with the honorees. Morgan State University alumnus, Program Director and Syndicated Radio Host of WEAA-FM/89.9, Marcellus “Bassman” Shepard, will serve as the moderator. Invited guests also include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Attendees should RSVP to akamlkday2013@
Sorority members will also host a Veterans’ Recreation Café for residents at the Baltimore VA Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center. This event is closed to the public.
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About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. It is comprised of over 265,000 members in 969 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and on the continent of Africa. Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and are involved in the global community through advocacy and service. Alpha Kappa Alpha has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace. The organization is led by its 28th International President Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, Florida whose administration's programmatic theme is “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.” For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. log on to www.aka1908.com.