Alpha Kappa Alpha celebrates 40 years

SHSU’s Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter celebrated its upcoming 40th anniversary over homecoming weekend.

Reaching 40 years of service is a huge accomplishment for any organization, and although the chapter’s anniversary actually occurs on Nov.9, they chose to celebrate early because homecoming would draw a larger celebration attendance.

“We had a better turn out than we’ve had in the past five or six years for homecoming,” said Raeauna Bowen, vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha. “We had a lot of people come out who were just really excited about the fact that we’re still able to continue the [Alpha Kappa Alpha] legacy here at Sam.”

In addition to the current chapter members, 70 alumni also joined in the celebration.

The festivities began Friday night with 10 Alpha Kappa Alpha alumni members participating in the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show Alumni Stroll Off.

Saturday, the women continued with a sisterly relations brunch before heading out to tailgate and attend the football game.

The group wrapped up the weekend with service at Greater Zion Baptist Church, where they were recognized for their years of service.

According to Alpha Kappa Alpha President Sheridan Labbe, the anniversary celebration was a huge success and filled with nostalgia.

“It makes you think back on how grateful you are to have been given the opportunity to be in a sorority, what you’ve accomplished over those 40 years and what you would like to see for the next 40,” Labbe said.

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