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Day 1

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was founded as Alpha Chapter on January 16, 1908, at Howard University by Ethel Hedgeman and eight of her Howard classmates. In February of 1908, seven sophomore women who had shown interest in Alpha Kappa Alpha were invited to join without initiation to ensure the sustainability of the Sisterhood. The original group and the sophomores are now called our Founders. To ensure the dedication to our original precepts, Nellie M. Quander, Norma Boyd, and Minnie B. Smith requested permission from Howard Universities Board of Trustees to incorporate the Sisterhood beyond the scope the campus.

Can you recognize Nellie Quander? Sixth from the left.

On January 29, 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated with the power to organize, and charter subordinate chapters. After the establishment of Alpha Chapter at Howard, Founder Beulah Burke, the first chapter organizer, chartered Beta at the University of Chicago in 1913, Gamma at the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana in 1914, Delta at Kansas University in 1915. In 1916, Epsilon, Zeta and Eta- Graduate chapters were chartered, triggering a provision in the Incorporation document that stipulated when five or more chapters were established, Alpha Kappa Alpha would be required to convene a national meeting called “Boule."

On April 6, 1921, Pi Chapter was chartered at Meharry Medical College. It was the sixteenth chapter chartered and the first chapter chartered in South.

The Chartering of Pi Chapter by Pauline Kigh-Reed, the Central and Western Organizer began the establishment of the South Eastern Region.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Omicron Omega Chapter- The first Graduate Chapter chartered in the South Eastern Region on October 24, 1924 in Birmingham Alabama by Maude Brown Porter.

Day 2

As we count down 98 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know…

Pi Chapter, shortly after chartering, became a mix of undergraduate and graduate students from Meharry Medical College and Fisk University.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize her chapter:

Beta Delta Omega Chapter, the first Graduate Chapter Chartered in Mississippi on May 28,1934. The charter members were: Inez B. Prosser, Helen Griffin, Florence O. Alexander, Katie M. Wilson, Aquila Jones, and L. Zenobia Coleman.

Day 3

As we count down 97 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know …

The South Eastern Region as we know it today emerged from the Southern Region through a series of chapter charterings, and expansions. It all began when the 1925 Boule divided the sorority into seven regions and made provisions for regional directors. At that time, two undergraduate chapters already existed within the boundaries of the current South Eastern Region: Pi at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and Chi at Talladega College. Two graduate chapters also existed within those boundaries: Omicron Omega in Birmingham and Pi Omega in Chattanooga.

In 1953, when the Boule voted to realign South Eastern’s 44 chapters, the states of Florida and Georgia were combined with South Carolina to form the South Atlantic Region, leaving Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Northeast Louisiana in the South Eastern Region. In 1962, the Boule moved the Louisiana chapters to the South-Central Region.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Pi Omega, the 2nd Graduate Chapter chartered in the South Eastern Region on October 25, 1924 in Chattanooga, TN by Maude Brown Porter.

Day 4

As we count down 96 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know …

Currently, the South Eastern Region has an active membership of over eleven thousand in 108 chapters,

61 graduate and 47 undergraduates and ranks fourth among the ten Alpha Kappa Alpha regions, making up approximately ten percent of the Alpha Kappa Alpha membership.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Alpha Psi Chapter, at Tennessee State University, where our International Supreme Basileus, Glenda Glover, is the reigning President of that Historically Black University. In addition, Madam Supreme was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter.

Day 5

As we count down 95 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know …

Since the Establishment of the South Eastern Region, we have benefited from the Leadership of the following Regional Directors (listed in order of their Service)

Maude Brown Porter

Carolyn Blanton

C. Russell Harris

Portia Trenholm

Collye Lee Riley

Arnetta Wallace

Mayme Williams

A. Cathryn Johnson

Lois H. Daniel

Julia Brogdon Purnell

Reva White Allman

Velma Lois Jones

Ernestine Holloway

Savannah Crews Jones

Johnella Martin

Esther Martin Rigsby

Nancy Gardner Sewell

Ida Kathryn Martin

Vanessa Rogers Long

Jo Celeste Pettway

Cynthia J. Finch

Juanita Sims Doty

Adrienne P-K Washington

Mary B. Conner

Mitzi Dease Paige-Current Regional Director

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Chi Chapter, the 2nd undergraduate Chapter chartered in the South Eastern Region on May 15, 1925 by Hilda Evans.

Day 6

As we count down 94 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know …

The Following members of the South Eastern Region serve as International Committee Chairmen

Amenities/Courtesies

Delawne Lisa Quinn, Chair, General Member

President Certification

Mary Conner, Chair, Kappa Lambda Omega

Building & Properties

Patricia B. Magee, Chair, Rho Lambda Omega

Membership

Tracey Morant Adams, Chair, Upsilon Eta Omega

Membership Intake Process

Cynthia Finch, Chair, Psi Zeta Omega

Publications/Communications

Kelli Sharpe, Co-Chair, Beta Delta Omega

Sisterly Relations

Andrea Miles, Chair, Omicron Omega

Special Advisor

Nancy Sewell, Zeta Eta Omega

Special Projects

Vanessa Rogers Long, Chair, Iota Delta Omega

Technology

C. Denise Wright, Co-Chair, Beta Delta Omega

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize Alpha Alpha Zeta Omega, the latest Chapter chartered in the South Eastern Region. The chapter is located in Southaven, MS where Tamala Boyd Shaw is the President.

Day 7

As we count down 93 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know….

The South Eastern region is/was the home of 6 former International President and the Current International President.

Bobbie Beatrix Scott, 5th International President

Maude Brown Porter, 7th International President

Ida Louise Jackson, 8th International President

Arnetta Wallace, 14th International President

Julia B. Purnell, 16th International President

Eva Lois Evans, 24th International President

Glenda Glover, Current International President

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Theta Psi Chapter at the University of Mississippi. On May 12, 1974, the Theta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, became the first black sorority at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. The chapter was chartered by twelve, pretty, poignant pearls: ​

Rachel Balentine

Dorothy Balfour

Demetria Barnes

Jerrie Bell

Linda Buford

Bobbie Carmichael

Juanita Everson

Berniece Polk

Margarie Richmond

Jerrylyn Royston

Barbra Walker

Dianne Wilson

Day 8

As we count down 92 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know….

That five (5) Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Executive Directors come from the South Eastern Region

Carey B. Preston, was a member of Beta Delta Omega, and a native of Columbus, MS. She was the longest serving Director (1949-1974)

Earnestine McNealey, formerly lived in Tuscaloosa, AL where she was affiliated with Eta Xi Omega Chapter.

Emma Lily Henderson is a native of Birmingham, AL.

Cynthia Howell, formerly resided in Tuskegee and Huntsville, AL, and she was affiliated with Epsilon Gamma Omega

Betty James was initiated into Pi Chapter at Fisk University.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter Chartered January 25, 1975 and the home chapter to 25th South Eastern Regional Mary B. Conner. The Charter Members of Kappa Lambda Omega were:

CHARTER MEMBERS

Anita Baccus, Sharon Freeman, Jane Jackson, Elizabeth Shute, Virginia Bates, Gloria Frelix, Jocelyn Jenkins, Gale Starling, Carolyn Bright Worthy, Carolyn Gipson, Millicent Lownes Jackson, Irene Stith, Janet Carr, Roberta Gray, Quinta Moore, Sharon Townsend, Consentena Cooper Saundra Grisham, Susan McCrumbly, Annie Watkins, Sue Farmer, Gwendolyn Hilton, Dorothy McGuirter, Lora Williams, and Cecilia Ferguson

Day 9

As we count down 91 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know….

Listed below are the charter members of Pi Chapter, their degree designation and home city and state.

Miss Lelia May Lyon MD Stem, N.C

Mrs. Mildred G. Harper Ph.D Ft. Madison, Iowa

Mrs. Wilhelmina Bowles MD Chicago, IL

Miss Georgia A. Blakemore Ph.D Tyler, Texas

Miss Clarice E. Bartlett DDS Waco, Texas

Miss Drusulla A. Varnadore, Ph.D Cordele, GA

Miss A. Marie Williams. Ph.D Martin, GA

Six of the seven charter members were pictured in the 1922-23 Ivy Leaf seen below.

Pi Chapter was a mixed membership of graduate students from Meharry Medical College and undergraduates from Fisk University. The 1921 Ivy leaf reported this quote from Meharry’s President, John Mullowney, on the chartering of Pi chapter, “I am glad to inform you that the Committee of Faculty, co-operating with the Students Council, has approved the formation of a chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Meharry.” He continued, “I am, of course, interested in anything which will help to promote the good morals and the welfare of the students of Meharry, and it is with the belief that this Society will lend in that direction that I give my approval for the formation of a chapter.”

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter, the second largest Chapter in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated with over 600 active members. Soror Jane Venson Talford is the President.

Day 10

As we count down 90 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know….

The South Eastern Region is the home to the Current International Chief of Staff, Martha Perine Beard. Martha has also served the Sorority as the International Parliamentarian, and as the 23rd Regional Director for the Central Region.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Kappa Chi Chapter at Auburn University- Kappa Chi was chartered on June 12, 1976 and their charter members were:

Vanessa Walker Bennett

JoAnn Blackmon

Deborah Huntley

Kay Lane

Tamika Lovett

Gloria Maddox Morgan

El Wanda Penn

Priscilla Rowe Thomas

Patricia Hicks Satcher

Johnnie Johnson Tinsley

Ernestine Kinslow Tolbert

Jimmie Tyson

Day 12

As we count down 88 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know….

Carolyn Steward Blanton served as the second South Eastern Regional Director. She presided over the first South Eastern Regional Conference that was held in 1933 in Nashville, TN. In her mission to “be of service to all mankind” throughout her leadership, she made visits, gave speeches, wrote letters, and chartered chapters despite the negative impact of the Great Depression.

In celebration of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to recognize:

Alpha Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter, the first four letter chapter chartered in the South Eastern Region. The chapter was chartered in 2018 and it is located in Shelby County, TN.

Day 13

As we count down 81 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Columbia, TN native, Lois Henrietta Daniel, was the tenth South Eastern Regional Director. She led the South Eastern Region through the recent transition of states. She also helped plan the historic joint conference with the South Eastern and South Atlantic Regions in 1954. Her final regional conference was held in 1958, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Golden year. Professionally, she served as director of the Martha M. Brown Library of her alma mater, Tennessee State University.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Pi Rho Chapter, chartered on April 26, 1992 on the campus of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.

Day 14

As we count down 86 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Portia Lee Trenholm served as the fourth South Eastern Regional Director, presiding over two regional conferences. Trenholm was one of the charter members of Beta Nu Omega Chapter and served as the chapter’s first President. She chartered four other chapters: Gamma Alpha Omega, Beta Chi, Beta Tau, and Beta Pi.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige, would like to spotlight:

Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, chartered at Alabama A&M College in Huntsville, AL on March 19, 1949. Charter members: Sorors Harriet J. Terry, J. E. T. Bulls, Iola Seborn, Edith Shockley Wolfrey, E. Bernice Johnson, Evangeline Spillman, Lilease Hall, Ruth Carter, Fannie P. Thompson and Anne Gardner Eady.

Day 15

As we count down 85 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Collye Lee Riley served as the sixth South Eastern Regional Director and presided over the eleventh and twelfth South Eastern Regional Conferences. Due to World War II, the Boule at which she was nominated was cancelled. This challenge, however, did not phase her leadership. During her tenure as Regional Director, Riley established three chapters and a three-point program that included direct war service, complete victory activities, and post-war reconstruction.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Upsilon Eta Chapter, chartered on March 25, 2018, on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. At the 87th South Eastern Regional Conference, Upsilon Eta was awarded the Newly Chartered Chapter of the Year Award, and the Undergraduate Transfer Award. LeAndrea Wallace received the Mary D. Shane Miss AKA Outstanding Undergraduate Member Award.

Day 16

As we count down 84 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Arnetta McKamey Wallace was the seventh South Eastern Regional Director and was elected as International President in 1953 where she presided at the Golden Boule. Wallace stressed the importance of working together and striving to enhance the sorority. In 1948, she recommended to accept Fashionetta as a fundraiser to support national projects. Outside of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Wallace served as President of the Tennessee Education Congress and was named “Woman of the Year” twice by the city of Knoxville.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Alpha Pi Omega Chapter, chartered on November 23, 1929, in Knoxville, TN. Alpha Pi Omega served as a host chapter for the 88th South Eastern Regional Conference in 2020.

Day 17

As we count down 83 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Mayme Evelyn Williams was the eighth South Eastern Regional Director. During her tenure, 7 chapters were established within the region: Epsilon Gamma Omega, Gamma Mu, Gamma Omicron, Gamma Rho, Gamma Sigma, Gamma Tau, and Gamma Upsilon. She also fought for others outside of the sorority. Williams led the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) in their response. She received national attention for her efforts and was appointed by President Eisenhower to a special committee to plan a White House Conference on Education.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Gamma Omicron Chapter, chartered on April 23, 1949 on the campus of Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS.

Day 18

As we count down 82 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

A. Cathryn Johnson was elected as the ninth South Eastern Regional Director in 1952.

She was only able to serve for one year before transitioning to the South Atlantic Region to preside at the 21st South Eastern Regional Conference and at the joint conference for The South Eastern and South Atlantic Regions in 1954. During her tenure, there was a regional configuration change which caused her to serve as the director of two regions.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Pi Nu Omega Chapter, chartered on July 6, 1986, in Murfreesboro, TN as the first and only graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Rutherford County. Charter members: Phyllis Campbell, Linda McHenry, Clydell Clark, Joan Simmons, Nolia Newson, Luvenia Webb, Tanya Bender, Kreda Yokley, and Carolyn Davidson.

Day 19

As we count down 81 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Columbia, TN native, Lois Henrietta Daniel, was the tenth South Eastern Regional Director. She led the South Eastern Region through the recent transition of states. She also helped plan the historic joint conference with the South Eastern and South Atlantic Regions in 1954. Her final regional conference was held in 1958, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Golden year. Professionally, she served as director of the Martha M. Brown Library of her alma mater, Tennessee State University.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Pi Rho Chapter, chartered on April 26, 1992 on the campus of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.

Day 20

As we count down 80 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Julia Brogdon Purnell served as the South Eastern Region’s eleventh regional director. She was the third Regional Director to serve as International President. Under her administration, chapters were encouraged to set high goals and work hard to achieve them. Fifty-five percent of chapters purchased NAACP Life Memberships, scholarships were awarded in the amount of $11,000.00, sisterly relations activities were encouraged, and undergraduates led the fight for equal rights by participating in sit-ins and other protests.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Kappa Pi Omega Chapter, chartered on February 29, 1976 in Dothan, AL. The chapter encompasses three cities: Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL.

Day 21

As we count down 79 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Johnella H. Martin the 16th South Eastern Regional Director was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter, Tennessee State University in 1952 and also served as International Parliamentarian.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Gamma Alpha Omega Chapter, the first and only graduate chapter to be chartered in the city of Jackson, TN on March 4, 1939.

Day 22

As we count down 78 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Reva W. Allman, the 12th South Eastern Regional Director, was well known outside the scope of her beloved Sorority, for her academic accolades which included an A.D. from Miles College in 1936, an M.A. degree from Fisk University in 1940, a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1951, and a graduate fellowship from the University of Michigan.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Lambda Eta Chapter at Mississippi State University where 2020 Leadership Fellow Quantaria Russell was a member and Kamryn Davis is the chapter President.

Day 23

As we count down 77 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Elizabeth McPhee, a member of Pi Nu Omega Chapter, is the South Eastern representative to the International Archives Committee.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at The University of Memphis where 2020 Leadership Fellow Kyla Harris is a member and Telesia Swanigan is the Chapter President.

Day 24

As we count down 76 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

The South Eastern Region has a “Swag Shop” on the South Eastern website, where you can find your Perpetual Pearls and South Eastern Region scarves and all kinds of accessories to the conference bag from the 2020 Regional Conference.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Gamma Kappa Chapter at Tuskegee University where 2020 Leadership Fellow Capri Charleston was a member and Taelor Allen is the Chapter President.

Day 25

As we count down 75 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Kamia Davidson from Lambda Zeta Omega chapter was recognized as one of the “Frontline Sheroes” for the week of May 15, 2020 on our Corporate Website under News and Events.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Erin Black, 2020 Leadership Fellow and former Pi Chapter member, now a member of Kappa Lambda Omega chapter, where Deidre Harris Woods is the Chapter President.

Day 26

As we count down 74 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Velma Lois Jones not only served as the South Eastern Region’s 13th Regional Director, but she also served on multiple Tennessee Education Association committees, becoming the first African American classroom teacher to be elected President of the Tennessee Education Association.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Eta Xi Omega Chapter, chartered November 11, 1961 in Tuscaloosa, AL. The chapter has worked diligently towards expansion and growth and is responsible for chartering 4 undergraduate chapters in Alabama.

Day 27

As we count down 73 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Dr. Ernestine Holloway was our 14th South Eastern Regional Director. She was the first member of Beta Delta Omega Chapter in Jackson, MS to be elected as a Regional Director. She was steadfast and by the end of her tenure, she had chartered 12 new chapters within the region!

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:

Mu Epsilon Chapter, chartered on April 22, 1978 on the campus of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. The chapter received a total of 10 awards at the 88th South Eastern Regional Conference for all of their hard work and service!

Day 28

As we count down 72 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Our 15th South Eastern Regional Director, Savannah C. Jones, implemented the Area Cluster system as well as chartered 16 chapters, many of which were located on newly integrated campuses at the time.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:


Upsilon Psi Omega Chapter, chartered on January 12, 1998, becoming the third graduate chapter in Nashville, TN.

Day 29

As we count down 71 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Our 18th South Eastern Regional Director, Nancy Gardner Sewell, a member of Zeta Eta Omega Chapter, is described as “the essence of service”. During her tenure, she established the very first South Eastern EAF Endowed Scholarship, chartered multiple chapters, established two regional commissions, The Scholarship Taskforce, and so much more.

In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the South Eastern Region, Madam Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige would like to spotlight:


Iota Phi Chapter awarded 1st place in the 88th South Eastern Regional Conference Step Show along with three other chapter awards! They were chartered on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham on May 17, 1975.

Day 30

As we count down 70 days to our Centennial Charter Day Celebration, did you know?

Esther Martin Rigsby served as the 17th South Eastern Regional Director. She implemented her signature program, POWER that consisted of 5 thrusts: Programs of Service, Organizational Impact and Collaboration, Women involvement in Global Issues, Economic Development, and Renewal. In an effort to fully implement this program, she created the Collaboration award to encourage chapter partnerships with other organizations such as the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund.