On Wednesday I was pleased to welcome to the Capitol members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in “Service to All Mankind.” Particularly in the Black community, AKA remains at the forefront of positive change, focusing on academic excellence, service and global leadership. AKA’s signature program, Emerging Young Leaders, will impact 10,000 girls in grades six through eight by providing leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building.
Prominent women who are or have been AKA members include Eleanor Roosevelt, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Star Jones, Alicia Keys, Phylicia Rashad, Mellody Hobson, Wanda Sykes, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hazel O’Leary, Sheila Jackson Lee, Suzanne Malveaux and Karen Yarbrough. In the Illinois General Assembly, my colleagues Sen. Mattie Hunter, Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Rep. Monique Davis are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
I sponsored a Senate resolution designating May 15, 2013, Alpha Kappa Alpha Day in Illinois and honoring the women of AKA and the young women they mentor. I hope they had a rewarding and enjoyable visit to Springfield and the Capitol.
Photo caption: Sen. Collins on the floor of the Senate with AKA members (from left to right) Sharon Allen, Denice Simon and Kelsey Simon.