Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pictures From Centennial Celebration

If you were among those who were unable to travel to Washington, D.C. this past weekend, you are in luck. Here are some pictures of the historic events. Special thanks to Soror Sharmia Jones for the pictures.

Taken from the Pi Mu Omega Sister To Sister Newsletter

This historic pilgrimage to Alpha chapter was a time for each member in attendance to reconnect with the ideals, precepts and service pledge of our great Sorority. It was a chance to learn more about the legacy of the founders and to remember that out of the hopes and dreams of nine college educated women, who were one generation away from slavery, came the initiation and perpetuation of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Alpha Celebration was a terrific prelude to our Boule—it helped to bring all hearts and minds to one accord. The festivities began with registration (Saturday, January 12, 2008)—where members had access to the 21st International President Dr. Faye B. Bryant (Chairperson & Alpha Chapter Alum), the 16th International President Julia B. Purnell, the 18th International President Mattelia B. Grays, and the 25th International President Norma S. White. One of the most exciting aspects of the reception was the exhibition of the scrapbooks from the Alpha Chapter. Pi Mu Omega Member & Hostess, Tanesha Francis (Alpha Chapter Alumni; initiated 1994) was on the Alpha Celebration committee and was one of the members displaying the Alpha Scrapbook Collection during the celebration. The scrapbooks were a lovely depiction of life throughout the 100 years of the Alpha Chapter. Other highlights of this celebration included the Worship Service, where Dr. Calvin Butts ushered the Spirit into the place, discussed the “rising tide of color” and professed that we need a “new heaven and Earth”—a sermon of our struggle, our resolve, and our triumphs; and the blessing of the Pilgrimage which chronicled the life and times of African Americans from 1908 to the present delivered by a current Alpha Chapter member. These events set the tone for the march from Burr Gymnasium to the Blackburn Center on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. The silent march of over 1000 members was not only visually impacting, but mentally and spiritually as well.

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