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Representative Summers leads Indiana House in recognizing Alpha Kappa Alpha Day

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INDIANAPOLIS – Representative Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis) led Indiana House members in recognizing Alpha Kappa Alpha Day. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first sorority established by African-American college women.

Summers’ resolution honors Central Regional Director Sonya Bowen, State Coordinator Meisha Wide, and other members of Alpha Kappa Alpha for the services they provide to African-American Hoosiers and Indiana communities.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sorority committed to community service and contributing to the educational, civic and social life of Hoosiers. The sorority encourages members and alumnae to become involved community volunteers in one of their primary service components of education, health, economy, arts and family.

The sorority was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908 and has since expanded internationally to 1,018 chapters. Indiana hosts 22 Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters on college and university campuses throughout the state.

“It is important for the General Assembly to recognize the good work Alpha Kappa Alpha does for communities throughout the state,” Summers said. “Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha provide opportunities for Hoosiers to make a positive impact on themselves and their surrounding communities.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha is focused on achieving five goals:

  • Promote historically black colleges and universities,
  • Raise awareness of health issues impacting African-American women,
  • Help others achieve financial security,
  • Support African-American artists, and
  • Enhance its international footprint.

They hope to achieve these goals through initiatives including A Call to Action; Women’s Healthcare and Wellness; Building our Economic Legacy; The Arts; and Global Impact.

“I am proud to honor this sisterhood of African-American women banded together to serve and support Hoosiers in need,” Summers said.

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