CHICAGO, IL, November 3, 2022 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® mourns the loss of our 18TH International President Mattelia Bennett Grays, who died on Thursday, November 3, 2022.
Mattelia Bennett Grays, an initiate of Dillard University’s Beta Upsilon Chapter located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a graduate member of Houston, Texas’ Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter, served as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®’s 18th International President from 1970 to 1974. Grays was the youngest to be elected and serve in this position. Among her many accomplishments in the sisterhood, she is most known for heading the Sorority’s effort to purchase the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as implementing leadership training and educational grants.
Grays was a dynamic woman and a supreme leader in education and public service. She possessed every academic degree, from a bachelor’s degree to a doctoral degree in educational administration. Grays went on to teach students and train teachers in her hometown of Houston, TX. From there, she was promoted to superintendent of the Houston Independent School District.
“The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha are grateful for her more than 70 years of consistent and active service in the Sorority. We also are grateful for the passion and dedication she poured into her family, career, and legacy. She soared to great heights of service and sisterhood, and as we reflect on her life, we are genuinely inspired and aspire to follow her example of service to all mankind” said International President & CEO Danette Anthony Reed.
We offer our love, condolences, prayers, and warmest thoughts to the Grays family and her daughter Karen. Continue to show sisterly gestures and support by giving to her South Central Region’s Mattelia Bennett Grays Scholarship Fund or sending cards to:
Mattelia B. Grays
c/o BKG Enterprises, LLC
P.O. Box 8012
Houston, TX 77288