BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – “Service to All Mankind” is the motto that members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. live by and cherish. In honor of one who gave his life to the mission of service, people around the country celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy by committing themselves to a day of service on the observance of his birthday. The Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated days of service rather than just one day in reflection of MLK Holiday.
A Sunday Supper was held jointly with undergraduate members of Gamma Pi Chapter of Miles College. Omicron Omega and Gamma Pi chapters provided a seminar on wealth building for the students on the campus. Leah Wiggins of Farmers Insurance was the event’s facilitator and ensured that the students were engaged. The seminar proved successful and the students gained answers to questions regarding planning for the future and decisions that affect their daily lives.
On MLK Day members attended the City’s Unity Breakfast at Boutwell Auditorium. Immediately following the breakfast, the members attended the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Kelly Ingram Park sponsored by the Iota Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in honor of Dr. King. The day culminated by partnering with the local chapter of SCLC and serving food to the homeless at Boutwell Auditorium. Members of the Emerging Young Leaders (EYL), Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Signature Program, also participated in feeding the homeless.
Dr. Gwendolyn Tilghman is president of Omicron Omega Chapter; Mrs. Mona B. Jackson is Chairman of the AKA Connection Committee and Ms. Sylvia Williams is Co-Chairman.
Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha will celebrate 90 years of service in 2014. It also has the distinction of being the first graduate chapter to be chartered in the South Eastern Region. Omicron Omega has supported and provided charitable donations to organizations that include, but are not limited to Children’s Hospital – Magic Moments, The American Heart Association, Miles College, The American Diabetes Association, and United Negro College Fund. Collectively and individually, members volunteer and spend hundreds of hours impacting lives. Its scholarship programs have benefitted hundreds of students in the Greater Birmingham community.
Omicron Omega has oversight of five undergraduate chapters on various college and university campuses in the Birmingham area.
Alpha Kappa Alpha 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. For more information about Omicron Omega Chapter or AKA visit www.akaomicronomega.com or www.aka1908.org.