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Alpha Lambda Chapter Holds 90th Anniversary Celebration

The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority IncorporatedÒ, Alpha Lambda Chapter held their 90th Anniversary Celebration at Heather Downs Country on Sunday October 7, 2018. The keynote address was delivered by the Great Lakes Regional Director, Carrie Clark, who also gave a special tribute to Ann Battles, the 20th Great Lakes Regional Director.

The event was well represented by members who have more than 50 years of service within the organization. Recognition was given to past graduate advisors and presidents of Alpha Lambda Chapter. Other dignitaries in attendance included: Catherine Crosby, chief of staff to Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, City Councilman Larry Sykes and Sharon Gaber, PhD, president of the University of Toledo. Proclamations were also provided by US Congresswoman Kaptur and the Lucas County Commissioners.

Members of the graduate chapter, Zeta Alpha Omega, were supportive in their attendance, as well as former chapter members who traveled from Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston.

Over 100 guests attended the event and an enjoyable time was had by all. 

The Alpha Lambda chapter began in 1928 in the home of Clarence Smith, the uncle of Dorothea Mandexter who was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha prior to her arrival in Toledo. Several young women met with Mandexter to discuss the sorority and express their interest in establishing a chapter.

On December 10, 1928, 10 women attending the University of Toledo were initiated in the home of Lelia Harris at 669 Pinewood Avenue by Sorors L. Pearl Mitchell, Dorothea Mandexter and Reba Harris.

Alpha Lambda then became the first black Greek-lettered sorority to be established in Toledo.

Over the 90 years since the chapter was established, a number of projects and programs of service to the community have been implemented such as the Ebony Fashion Fair, initially in association with the Johnson Publishing Company. Other programs include: The Kidney Foundation Lollipop Drive, the Ronald McDonald House, David’s House of Compassion to promote Aids Awareness, March of Dimes Mothers’ March, Sickle-Cell Awareness, Shoeboxes of School Supplies to Africa, Reading Is Fundamental and providing “Holiday Hugs” baskets to local families in need at holiday time.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority IncorporatedÒ is dedicated to implementing programs of service that enhance the social, economic, and educational well-being of the local, national and international communities.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority IncorporatedÒ is the oldest Greek letter organization founded for African American women.



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