SALISBURY – Delta Xi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. celebrated its 75th anniversary under the chosen theme, “Celebrating our past, embracing our future: seventy-five years of excellence.”
The local graduate chapter was established on April 19, 1947. The founding members were Tillatha M. Brooks, Anne E. Drew, Julia B. Duncan, Permilla F. Dunston, Marion E. Gunn, Beatrice R. Hall, Lucille M. Satterwhite, Carrie M. Shute, Eloise M. Simpson, and Lavolia W. Vails. These service-oriented women were Livingstone College faculty, staff, and Livingstone College associates who felt they could acquaint Salisbury and Rowan with the activities of Alpha Kappa Alpha through a graduate chapter. Since its inception, Delta Xi Omega has awarded scholarships to high school graduates, organized summer reading programs, supported women’s health care, organized workshops on building an economic legacy, financially supported local services and donates glasses, shoes and pillowcases locally and globally. impact workouts.
On Sunday, May 15, in honor of founding members, members of the Delta Xi Omega Chapter attended Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, known as the “University Church,” for Sunday morning service. The church service was followed by the unveiling of the memorial marker in the Garden of Poets and Dreamers on the Livingstone College campus. The chapter also hosted an on-campus luncheon for visiting family members and special guests.
International Officer of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jennifer King Congleton, 19e Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager; Doris R. Asbury, 13e Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager; Dr. Terry Bellamy, West Carolina Cluster Coordinator and Mr. Vernon Brooks, son of founding member Tillatha M. Brooks participated in the anniversary celebration. Local musicians Virginia Rush, Rebecca Stinson and Phyllis Partee provided music for the anniversary events.
The chair of the Diamond Committee is Sarah Stout Lightner and Amelia Hasty-Rhodes is the chair of the Delta Xi Omega Chapter.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is the world’s oldest service organization for students of color. The sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908, and has implemented service action initiatives and social service programs that have transformed communities around the world.