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Local AKA Chapter Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary

St. Petersburg, FL --The members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will celebrate 60 years of service Dec. 18-20 at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel.

The local chapter was chartered on Dec. 15 in 1955 by 15 courageous women determined to serve the community and enhance young people’s lives.

The chartering members who have respectfully become known as the “Fifteen Pearls of ZUO” wereAnnie Barton, Ruth Batson, Pauline Besselli, Lena Brown, Mary O. Brown, Claronell Griffin, Bertha James, Rubye Wysinger, Dorothy Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Annie McLin, Willie M. McMurray, Eloise E. Perkins, Verdya Robinson, and Florence Williams. The first president was Lena Brown. Shortly after the chartering, nine other members transferred their membership from Gamma Theta Omega in Tampa to Zeta Upsilon Omega. 

Under the leadership of Cassandra Williams, chapter president, sorority members will host a weekend of planned activities including a holiday party on Dec. 18 and a member’s only gala on Dec. 19. The public is invited to attend a free reception at 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel, 333 1stStreet S. in St. Petersburg.

During the public event, the sorority will announce the recipients of its inaugural Community Assistance Grant awards. The initiative was launched in 2015to supportthe development of community service projects and increase civic engagement among youth and families. Award amounts range$500 to $1,000. Other event highlights includea proclamation presentation by the City of St. Petersburg along with special greetings from representatives of the Divine Nine organizations.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by black women and was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the organization connects thousands of college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs.  For more information, visit www.AKA1908.org.

For more information, visit www.ZUOChapter.org



Media Contact: Crystal Pruitt, 727-637-8738; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. United Nations Awareness Day

St. Petersburg, Florida – Members of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will partner with the United Nations Association on Saturday October 24th for AKA/UN Awareness Day. The purpose of this partnership is to raise awareness among African-American youth about global issues. The Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter will present "I AM THE CHANGE" on Saturday October 24th from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Child's Park YMCA. The event is open to all local middle and high school girls and will feature excerpts from the powerful documentary Girl Rising, which highlights the stories of girls from around the world and their quest to gain an education. The event will also feature a panel of International Students from Eckerd College and well as an International Food Sampling.

For more information regarding the Zeta Upsilon Omega chapter programs, please visit the website at www.zuochapter.org.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 283,000 members in 988 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada and South Africa. Led by International President Dorothy Buchanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log onto www.aka1908.com.

Media Contact: Lesley Cooper, Ivy Leaf Reporter - Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., (727) 642-5512