Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Welcomes Over 22,500 Members to Atlanta July 9-14 for Biennial Conference
67th Alpha Kappa Alpha Biennial International Conference
More than 22,500 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) – from all over the world – will converge on Atlanta from July 9-16 for its biennial conference. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D., attendees will engage in service projects as well as leadership training and development. The conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, as well as several hotels. Members from as far away as Germany, Japan, South Korea, Liberia, South Africa and the Middle East are expected to attend.
Atlanta was selected as the host site for the conference based on its deep civil rights roots and historical significance to the Sorority. The city has served as home to icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Alpha Kappa Alpha founder Marie Woolfolk Taylor, who is buried there; and the late Dr. Mary Shy Scott, a prominent educator and motivational speaker who served as the Sorority’s 23rd International President. Atlanta last hosted the organization’s international conference in 1980.
23 Moments of Service – July 8-9, 2016 (Throughout Atlanta)
As part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha’s international program theme, “Launching New Dimensions of Service,” the sorority will host “23 Moments of Service” during the conference in honor of Dr. Scott. Dressed in their signature pink and green, members will package 100,000 meals in collaboration with Stop Hunger Now, participate in five playground restoration projects at local parks and schools, hold a school supply and backpack donation drive and receive hands-on CPR training, among other service activities. The list of 23 Moments of Service projects is provided below.
AKA Night with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream – July 8, 2016, 7:30 PM
The Atlanta Dream honors the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Join the Atlanta Dream and Guest Host, Multi-media Personality Rashan Ali, for a full night of fun and celebration, including a special Inspiring Women presentation to the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and video tribute highlighting the impactful work of the Sorority in the Atlanta community. Lower level tickets: $16. Proceeds will benefit Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Think HBCUSM initiative. Please bring new hygiene products to the game that will be donated to assist homeless youth in the Atlanta area.
Think HBCU Expo – July 9, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (GWCC)
The sorority will host the Think HBCU Expo on July 9, showcasing historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as critical venues for moving students to and through college. Local high school students and families can explore offerings at many of the nation’s best HBCUs. For more information or to register visit: http://tinyurl.com/zojbjgo
Pioneering Alpha Kappa Alpha Women – July 9, 2016, 2:30 PM (GWCC)
Since its founding in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha women have led the way as pioneers and trailblazers in practically every area of social, civic, education and business and so much more. We are the standard bearers. Alpha Kappa Alpha will unveil an exhibit featuring Alpha Kappa Alpha Pioneers across every field of human endeavor.
Public Meeting – July 10, 2016, 6:00 PM (GWCC)
Launching New Dimensions of Service & Worldwide Impact: The Public Meeting will highlight Alpha Kappa Alpha’s global service mission and accomplishments and honor civic leaders, both locally and worldwide. Awards will be presented to international leaders during this event.
Educational Advancement Foundation Breakfast – July 12, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM (GWCC – Thomas Murphy Ballroom)
Good Morning ATL…EAF Style! Join the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation (AKA-EAF) to spotlight student achievers that are excelling academically. Also, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear R&B soul-singer Carl Thomas and celebrity guest DJ Bhen. Cost: $65. Please visit https://donate.akaeaf.org/ for tickets.