Thursday, June 23, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: PRESIDENT Of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SPEAKS On AKA BOULE' 2016 In ATLANTA For ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

(Photo Courtesy Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated)
Meet Dr. DOROTHY BUCKHANAN WILSON, the current INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, Inc.!!!

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC will cast its spell over the entire ATL, as during the week of SATURDAY JULY 9 - FRIDAY, JULY 14,  2016, the city of ATLANTA will be host city for the AKA 67th INTERNATIONAL BOULE'.

Dr. WILSON recently took some time to share her thoughts on the upcoming international event with ROLLI NG OUT Magazine.

Here are some interview interludes:

What can Atlanta and members expect of the conference? 
This year, we are very fortunate to be convening in one of the cities that’s very historic in our organization, the city of Atlanta. So, meeting here in Atlanta, we will host over 24,000 and will all be meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center for business sessions and service project initiatives.
How many members are in the organization?
Currently, we have initiated approximately 283,000 since AKA was started back in 1908. Right now, we have active in the organization a record of 65,000-plus members in the organization, in which we are expecting here in Atlanta. 24,000 will be at the international convention, which will make this the largest gathering of AKA women worldwide in the history of the organization.
What are some of the organization’s current initiatives?
Currently, the international program is launching new dimensions of service and have a number of hands on projects that are designed for high impacting our communities. We have five specific program targets such as education, health, Black families (family strengthening), environmental ownership, and concerning on global affairs/global impact. Some of our major efforts right now includes our signature program, which is the ASCEND youth and enrichment Program. ASCEND helps high school-aged young men and women make better choices as it relates to preparedness for life after high school – education, career, assessment and life skills. Beyond ASCEND, we have initiatives such as our One Million Backpacks program for the younger kids. Our goal over the four-year period is to collect and distribute to students nationwide, over a million backpacks. We are also working very heavily with several major health partners including, The American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Association, and NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness] a major mental health organization. We are also doing a lot of work as it relates to initiatives to the continent of Africa, and on our programming it shows we program in the U.S. but we have similar initiatives that focuses on our partners on the Continent. Specifically, we are working with Africare, one of the big projects we are currently working on is our Little Dresses for Africa project where we sewing and putting together 29,000 dresses for little girls on the continent.
Why did you choose to join Alpha Kappa Alpha?
When I was an undergrad at Benedict College, I searched around campus to see what organization I could best contribute to, more important best reflected who and what I stood for as an individual. My grandparents were very active in the service community, so when I saw the service initiatives and the projects of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority i knew this was it for me. I attended a rush, got elected, joined the organization, and [have] been an active member for 38 years..
What was your path like leading to the international president position?
Most organizations you have to go through a path of serving various roles, AKA is no different. I started off as a chapter president in undergraduate, chapter president in a graduate chapter in Milwaukee Wisconsin, was asked to serve in numerous leadership positions on different levels, ran for and was elected to the international board as a regional director serving the central region, ran for international secretary where I  was elected, and after that came international first VP, which in effect is a president-elect. That’s how I became international president. Honestly, working at all levels of the organization and being progressive, I made sure I was able to put into place initiatives and other things that would help the organization advance.
-CCG



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