Alpha Kappa Alpha Honors Legacy of Black Wall Street, Will Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines and Mammograms This Weekend in Tulsa
TULSA– In light of all that is occurring in the United States and around the world, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) will observe its fourth annual International Day of Prayer in Tulsa, OK, on Sunday, August 22, with a full slate of activities. Members nationwide and internationally will worship and participate together in community activities as a sign of solidarity and make intercessions for global peace. While chapters will hold their individual events, the sorority’s national observance will take place in Tulsa and pay homage to the City’s historic Black Wall Street.
A Pathway to Hope Commemorative Walk begins at 12:30 p.m. followed at 1:00 p.m. with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Greenwood Cultural Center located at 322 N. Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa.
“Our ceremony serves as a fitting tribute to the Black Wall Street ancestors and the estimated 300 plus individuals who were murdered and the 10,000 more left homeless,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. “Located in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Black Wall Street was a thriving community of Black businesses and homeowners. The attack, by any standards, is one of the most unjustified acts of violence – both horrific acts of racial violence and acts of domestic terrorism – ever committed in the USA.”
Prior to the day of prayer, AKA will host a weekend of community health events aimed at continuing support for the Biden Administration’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations across the nation. The sorority will provide free 3-D mammograms and COVID-19 vaccines through a partnership with Walgreens on Saturday, August 21, at the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed the entire weekend.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha recognizes that lack of access to healthcare for some Tulsa communities continues to be a challenge which has only been exacerbated by the unpredictability of the pandemic,” added Dr. Glenda Glover. “We are committed to ensuring these communities receive the resources and services they need by providing COVID vaccines and breast cancer screenings through our AKA 3D Mammography Mobile Unit.”