AKA: Celebrating 105 years of leadership & service
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The chapter recently donated male and female toiletry items to the transitional shelter. The shelter is one of the many projects of the chapter. Participating were (front, from left) DeVoyce C. Morris, Nancy Bonney (President), Trena Robinson, Geraldine Grammer, Ruth Mayfield and Lucinda Carter; (back) Dean Epps, Shawneequa Beal, Tonya Short, Linda Anderson and Ardeltru Dixon.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Chi Mu Omega Chapter of Mound Bayou, will hold its annual Founders’ Day observance at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland.

According to chapter president, Nancy Mosley Bonney, Chi Mu Omega Chapter invites the public to come out and help celebrate this momentous occasion.

There is no cost and a public reception will follow the program.

There will be reserved seating for members of other Greek letter organizations.

Through the services from the members of Chi Mu Omega Chapter, the legacy of the sorority continues on through the new international theme of “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.”

This program will include the sharing of Chi Mu Omega Chapter’s history and a tribute to the original founders of the sorority and chapter.

Special music will be provided by Latoya Calhoun of Cleveland.

Chi Mu Omega Chapter has also chosen this time to pay special tribute to several individuals from the community for their contribution to the sorority’s international initiatives, which are Emerging Young Leaders, health, global poverty, economic security and human rights and social justice.

Receiving special recognition will be Sister Donald Mary Lynch, executive director of the St. Gabriel Mercy Center for community educational advancement; Shunda Williams, health; Jimmy Williams and Elbert Smith, global poverty; and state Rep. Linda F. Coleman, social justice and human rights.

Cecelia Bass of Jackson, will be the guest speaker.

Bass, a native of Cleveland, is the daughter of Chi Mu Omega Chapter’s Ivy Beyond the Wall and charter member, Dorothy Smith Bass, and sister of Chi Mu Omega Chapter and charter member, Gwendolyn Bass Green.

She is a graduate of East Side High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University in 1987; her master of science degree in community counseling from Jackson State University in 2005; and later pursued post graduate studies at Jackson State University, with additional studies at Western Kentucky University.

Bass, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Lambda Omega Chapter in Jackson, is a member of the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir.

She will speak on the chapter’s chosen theme of, “Celebrating 105 Years of Global Leadership, Global Service, and Global Sisterhood.”

On Dec. 6, 2003, the Chi Mu Omega Chapter was formed in Mound Bayou with 16 former Pearls of Wisdom Interest Group members.

The past international president Barbara Ann McKinzie, who was a special guest at the chartering ceremony, remarked that the chosen site of the chartering, the Lampton Street Church of Christ, was the ideal setting for such occasion.

McKinzie charged the chapter to make a difference in the community by serving others.

The members of the newly chartered Chi Mu Omega Chapter were comprised of women from the Mississippi Delta, Memphis and Atlanta.

Through an aggressive membership campaign and two initiations of 18 and 12 new members, respectively, the chapter proudly boasts of presently having 50 active members.

In a mere nine years of existence, the chapter has won awards for its arts program and from the Mississippi Association of Educators for its community and humanized service programs.

At the sorority’s 2008 South Eastern Regional Conference, which was held in Montgomery, Ala., the chapter was presented the Basileus (president) of the Year award, a membership award and the Kappa Lambda Omega Community Health Awareness award.

In 2009, the chapter received the Carrie Taylor Arts award at the South Eastern Regional Conference in Mobile, Ala.

In 2010, Chi Mu Omega Chapter was the recipient of seven awards. Most notable was the Kappa Lambda Omega Community Health award for its programs, which included SIDS and breast cancer.

Since 2006, the chapter has received grant awards for its Sudden Infant Death North Delta Back to Sleep Initiative.

At the 2012 Human and Civil Rights Awards Banquet of the Mississippi Association of Educators, Chi Mu Omega Chapter received the Community Service award and chapter member, Brenda Nash Key, received the Humanized Service award.

All that Chi Mu Omega Chapter accomplishes is embodied in the objective for which the sorority was founded 105 years ago: “to be of service to all mankind” through its local and international programs of service.

Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women.

To trace its history is to tell a story of changing patterns of human relations in America in the 20th century. The small group of women who organized the sorority was conscious of a privileged position as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.

As the Sorority grew, it kept in balance two important themes: the importance of the individual and the strength of an organization of women of ability and courage. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations, which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers.

To date, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence extends beyond campus quads and student interest. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation.

The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers.