October 1, 2020

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Honors Local Leaders for Service.

The online event will also feature several keynote speakers including Bakari Sellers, political commentator with CNN and former South Carolina legislator.

WHO: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® will honor five transformative community leaders during its virtual 66th South Atlantic Regional Conference.

WHAT: During the sorority’s public meeting, a special presentation will be given to local leaders, individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the community. The recognition also highlights the long-standing commitment and dedication to service that enhances the social, economic, and educational well-being of local, national and international communities.

WHEN: Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m. WHERE: Virtual - online via Facebook Live

WHY: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated continues to honor its tradition of awarding excellence by highlighting extraordinary individuals for their significant contributions to our communities through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Each honoree selected serves as a role model for our hallmark of service to all while striving to make the world a better place through their outstanding actions.

ABOUT THE EVENT: This year’s conference theme is “Southern Pearls Exemplifying Excellence Through Sisterhood and Service: A Virtual Connection” More than 5,000 members from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are expected to participate in the first-ever virtual experience in the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

During the conference, members will receive professional development training and engage in workshops focused on Alpha Kappa Alpha’s five key international program initiatives: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Women’s Healthcare and Wellness, Building Economic Legacy, The Arts, and Global Impact. Special recognition also will be given to members of the sorority who have served for twenty-five years, fifty years, sixty-five years, and seventy-five years.

Throughout the event, attendees will have the ability to interact with presenters, exhibitors and other guests through workshops, live chat and Q&A sessions. A Public Meeting on Friday, October 2, 2020 will feature several keynote speakers including Bakari Sellers, political commentator with CNN and former South Carolina legislator. Other highlights will include presentations of the sorority’s esteemed community awards given to local leaders, individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the community.

The honorees for the Community Awards include the following:Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, representing Alpha Kappa Alpha’s HBCU for Life: A Call to Action program target. Tisdale is also a Claflin graduate and successful alumus, who returned to his alma mater as its eighth president. Along with his wife, Alice Carson Tisdale, a leadership team was formed that catapulted the University to national prominence. While many HBCUs were going through difficult times, Dr. Tisdale was determined and committed to create a sound fiscal system, a dynamic strategic planning process, an enrollment plan as well as an academic plan for excellence. He established the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics with a vision to reverse the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM industries.
For Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Women's Healthcare and Wellness program target, Lara Buzz is recognized for her achievements as the Coordinator of the Bamberg County Health Coalition. In 2019, the Bamberg County Health CoaIn recognition of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Building your Economic Legacy program target, Tawanaca Williams, is honored for her service work at the Savannah River Plant Federal Credit Union. In her role, she teaches Financial Literacy to adults and youth within the Central Savannah Regional Area. Using a hands-on approach, her Financial Literacy sessions encourage students to begin their Economic Legacy by saving, opening bank accounts, and developing great financial habits.
Focusing on the fourth program target of The Arts, Alpha Kappa Alpha will salute Alonia Jenkins-Hilton is co-founder of the Cannon Street YMCA Dance Program located in Charleston, South Carolina. The viable program promotes healthy lifestyles and social responsibility activities and serves children 4 to 16 years. The program began with 26 children and now has 150 youth enrolled.lition applied for the Blueprint for Health Grant through the South Carolina Office of Rural Health. The Blueprint for Health Program helps to build capacity at the community level by addressing the social determinants of health and creating a long-term vision of the community’s health.

Representing Alpha Kappa Alpha’s fifth program target, Global Impact, Stephanie Coleman-Marshal, a native of Tuscumbia, Alabama served more than thirty years in the McDuffie and Richmond County School System and continues to passionately give of her time, talents, and treasures by working with the underserved through a variety of local agencies. She has made a tremendous impact on the disadvantaged and displaced populations by coordinating and organizing the food distribution at GAP Ministries. She has also been instrumental in collecting needed donations of clothing and shoes for the Haitian Mission Organization.
In addition to the five Target awards, the Regional Director’s Award will honor Reverend Isaac J. Holt, Jr., senior pastor of Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. Holt has served for 27 years and under his leadership, the church has reached amazing growth to over 3000 members. The church campus includes six recently constructed buildings and a sanctuary that seats more than 1200 people. Holt and his congregation spend countless hours serving the community and support all five of the Target Areas of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by black women and was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University. Led by International President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Glenda Glover, the organization consists of 300,000 college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs. The sorority has a membership of over 300,000 women with more than 1,000 chapters in the United States and internationally in the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Africa.

The South Atlantic Region is the largest of the sorority’s ten regions. Under the leadership of Regional Director, Carolyn G. Randolph of Columbus, Georgia, the South Atlantic Region has more than 18,700 members and is comprised of 175 graduate and undergraduate chapters. Hostess chapters for the 67th SARC consist of seventeen graduate chapters and twelve undergraduate chapters from Orangeburg, SC; Beaufort, SC; North Charleston, SC; Charleston, SC; Hinesville, GA; Vidalia, GA; Savannah, GA; Swainsboro, GA; Augusta, GA; Aiken, SC; Denmark, SC; Statesboro, GA; Georgetown, SC; Walterboro, SC; Evans, GA; Corner, SC and Summerville, SC.
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