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Roland Martin & Some of Kansas Cityâ€™s NPHC Greek Officers
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Thanks for joining us for another edition of the GREEK YEARBOOK. In case you missed the official release event, the D9HA at the Uptown, letâ€™s start the issue with a pictorial review of the fun, entertainment and presentations. Thanks for attending and spreading the Greek love!
Pete Person in the 1st Ever All Greek D9 Band
December 5, 2015 2nd Annual D9HA Uptown Theater KCMO
December 5, 2015 2nd Annual D9HA Uptown Theater KCMO
Alpha Phi Alpha Frat., Inc., Beta Lambda Chapter presents the 3rd A Debonair Affair program. It provides mentoring programs and educational awards for boys 7-12 years old. Pictured here are youth following the essay presentation. The program culminates with a Grand Finale, tux and gown ball, Nov. 19th. See kcalphas.com
Congratulations to Mark Dupree. Story continues on the next page.
MARK DUPREE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELECT “If it matters to you, you will find a way, if it doesn’t, you will find an excuse.” – Author Unknown-
ark Anthony Dupree, Sr. was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He is the youngest of five siblings, and is the son of Pastors Alvin and Linda Dupree, Sr.
Mr. Dupree is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a minor in Leadership Studies. Mr. Dupree graduated from Washburn University School of Law, and while at both universities, he was extremely active functioning in various leadership roles. Mr. Dupree has practiced in a diversity of legal capacities. He clerked in Jackson County, Missouri, served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, served as an Assistant Public Defender in Johnson County Public Defender’s Office, and currently he and his wife practice in their own firm, Dupree and Dupree, LLC – Attorneys at Law. Attorney Dupree’s goal is to give back what was sowed into him. He does this by speaking at churches and schools inspiring and educating students and others to realize their greatest potential. Mr. Dupree has hosted various “Legal Shadow Day” experiences, sponsored a free month-long legal clinic, and hosted “Cut’s and Confidence” providing ½ price haircuts to students in the Wyandotte County area. Mr. Dupree is an active member in the community. He is a Governor on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, serves on the Kansas Legal Services Board of Directors, is a Committee Chairperson for the Wyandotte County Bar Association, is an Executive Board Member on the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Courts, a board member of Young Women on the Move, a board member on the Johnson County Bar Association, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mark Dupree recently won his primary election, and is the District Attorney Elect of Wyandotte County, the 4th largest county in Kansas. He will be sworn into office in January 2017. District Attorney Elect Dupree is the first elected African-American District Attorney in the state of Kansas. He is focused on working with the community to make Wyandotte County safer. Mr. Dupree is married to his law school sweetheart and law partner, Attorney Shanelle Dupree, and they have four beautiful and active children.
Ralph Caro receiving 50-yr pin from Dr. Bertram Caruthers, Jr.
ALSO CELEBBRATING 50YR
KC ALPHA | 1966 50-YEAR MEMBERS Ralph M. Caro, Jr. Upsilon 5.20.1966 Everett J. Curry Alpha Eta 7.15.1966 Loyal Denton Epsilon Psi 12.12.1966 Burnele V. Powell Delta Rho 6.23.1966
Georgia (Ford) Berry
Dr. Charles A. Smith Alpha Psi 11.1.1966
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kansas City Kansas Alumnae Chapter With 40 line sisters, she crossed the Burning Sands December 10, 1966.
HISTORIC 50-YEAR PINNING CELEBRATION Saturday, June 11, at Central High School. Beta Lambda hosted an unprecedented 50-year and 60-year Alpha Pin Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thirty Alpha men received their pins. We’re not aware of any larger 50-year pinning celebration in Alpha. The event included food, song and fellowship and a special recognition, by video from the General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Bro. Mark Tillman. 17
Initiation Chapter: Beta Upsilon Langston University Langston, Oklahoma
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Omega Chapter Speaking of milestones: In addition to 50 years in AKA Mrs. Butler also celebrated her 100th birthday this year, on September 24th.
Sena L. Brewer
ena Lee Watkins Brewer was born on December 3, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, the first of three children born to the late Joshua “Doc” Watkins, a dental technician, and his wife, Alfreda Mitchell Watkins, a homemaker. Sena completed her early education in the Chicago Public Schools, graduating from Esmond Elementary School in June, 1961, and Morgan Park High School in January, 1965, right after her seventeenth birthday. Sena was always an excellent student, excelling in English, Reading, and Foreign Languages. She also served as her grade school’s piano accompanist for several years. Sena continued her education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, majoring in General Studies. Here she met Gerald Stewart Brewer, Sr., whom she married in 1967 after a year at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, where she made the Dean’s List. Sena and Gerald moved to Columbia, South Carolina where Gerald was a First Lieutenant in the Air Force. Sena earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of South Carolina in 1969. She completed her Master of Arts Degree at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas in May, 1996. Sena taught high school and junior high school English for three and one-half years until her twin boys, Gerald, Jr. and Stephen were born on April 24, 1973. She stayed at home with her children until they entered school. At this time Sena made a career change, becoming a social services representative for several agencies, always enjoying working with the elderly, poor, and disabled. After moving to the Kansas City area in 1977, Sena continued her work in social services, and worked for the Parents as Teachers Program in the Kansas City School District for nine years. She worked as a residential staff and was promoted to case manager for the physically and developmentally disabled at Johnson County Developmental Supports, where she worked for nearly twenty years until her retirement in December, 2009. Wanting to remain an active, participating member of society as long as she could, Sena continued to work part-time as a teacher for the Another Day, Inc. and LINC Programs. She also was a supervisor for the Kansas LIEAP program, and continues to work when she can with disabled residents at The Center for Developmental Disabilities. 19
Sena also continues to be very active in the community. She has been a member of Bethel A.M.E Church since 1977, where she has served in many capacities, which include the Steward Board, Health Commission, secretary of the Ushers of Faith, treasurer and president of the Parsonage Club, PME Director and secretary of the Kitty E. Raynor Women’s Missionary Society, secretary of the Trustee Board, Sunday School teacher, choir and Praise Dance Team member, and as a member of the Not-for-Profit Foundation, Lay Committee, Community 2000, and 21st. Century Clubs. Sena is a member of the NAACP, and has also been a member of the Mother of Twins Club and Jack and Jill of America, where she served as Vice-President for two terms and secretary. Sena is a past member of the Board of Directors of Cedar House, Inc. residential facility in Olathe, Kansas, where she served as secretary for more than three years. She has also served on the Racial Justice Committee of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, volunteered at Connections to Success, and served as secretary of her Book Club. Sena was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Beta Chapter, in February, 1966 at Southern Illinois University, making her a Golden Life Member. She was a charter member and the first president of Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter in Overland Park, Kansas. In addition she served on the Safehome, Tutorial Reading, Audit, Archives, and Budget Committees. She became a member of Beta Omega Chapter, Kansas City, Missouri in 2006, where she has served on the Connections, Global Poverty, Debutante Ball, Archives, Founders’ Day and Audit Committees and was Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Standards and Nominating Committees. She is a Life Member and she has served as a delegate at several regional and national conventions. In what little spare time she has, Sena enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, attending Royals baseball games, theater, and spending time with her twin boys, who have graduated from college, married, and started careers of their own. Her two grandchildren, Gerald Brewer III and Braden Brewer, are her pride and joy. A single parent since 1981, Ms. Brewer credits her children and grandchildren as being her greatest accomplishments and reasons for living. She has also obtained great satisfaction in serving her church and others who were less fortunate than she was. To God Be the Glory!
Since May 10, 1924
In 2016, Mu Omega addressed community needs with programs in five target areas: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Educational Enrichment Health Promotion Family Strengthening Environmental Ownership Global Impact
Mu Omega expanded its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which included International Community Impact Days and their signature enrichment program, ASCEND Youth Enrichment Program℠. Ingrid Hubbard is the President of Mu Omega. Barbara Anne Washington, Esq., is Vice President & Program Chairman.
Mu Omega Chapter The AKA 1908 Playground Project at Kiddie Kollege falls under the Environmental Ownership target aimed to implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in undeserved communities. “Pink Goes Red”, as Mu Omega members exercise their hearts with Lonnie Bush fitness. This program falls under Health Promotions where the sorority continues its efforts to bring awareness to the community about illnesses and diseases which directly affect African Americans. Mu Omega members performed a day of service at Central Avenue of Hope feeding the hungry. This program comes under Community Impact Day where more than 980 chapters performed a day of community service simultaneously throughout the world. AKA Day at the Capitol. Mu Omega members spent a day at the Kansas Capitol watching and participating in government actions.
NPHC-KC (Mu Omeg
C Founders Day. AKA Presidents-Rhonda Harris (Xi Tau Omega), Ingrid Hubbard ga), Diann West (Upsilon Rho Omega), and officer Lisa Harris (Beta Omega).
Diann G. West, President, Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter Chartered on June 7, 1997 in Overland Park, Kansas, Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter provides uplifting, remarkable and outstanding service to all mankind. As Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter takes up the national campaign, “Launching New Dimensions of Service” to mankind, we provide services to the community, and as far as Africa, through our partnership with Africare.
2016 Highlights Upsilon Rho Omega Supports the American Heart Association, Red Ball, 2016. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter sponsors “Just a Friend Away”, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Greater Kansas City Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. We celebrate and honor the Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter celebrates scholars in the Greater Kansas City area with scholarships totaling $2000. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter partners with Samaritan’s Purse by supporting Operation Christmas Child, the largest Christmas Outreach in the World. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter donated 22 shoeboxes filled with gifts to bring a Smiles, Hope, and Joy to the children across the world.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Xi Tau Omega Chapter based out of Grandview, Missouri was chartered by 34 energetic college educated women on July 16, 1983 into the "Magnificent" Mid-Western Region. Our theme in conjunction with that of our International Program platform “Launching New Dimensions of Service” is “Showing UP For Sisterhood & Service”. This year we were recognized with nine awards for outstanding service in several categories at our 86th Mid -Western Regional Conference in Wichita, Kansas. Through the years, the chapter has tailored unique community service activities and signature events to uplift the Kansas City metropolitan area. We are proud to highlight those signature programs. Little Miss AKA Pageant: Since 1991, Little Miss AKA has provided a memorable pageant experience for young girls in the 4th and 5th grades. It is a 10-12 week program that’s main goal is to prepare each little girl for becoming a contributing member of society. This year we celebrated a milestone 25th Anniversary of the Little Miss AKA pageant by featuring 22 poised and talented young ladies. Taste of Art: Started in 2007, specifically highlights and shares the talents, works, entrepreneurial and achievements of the women in our community. This event offers a taste of art in the form of music, photography, artwork, song, dance, crafts, painting, sculpting, and other forms that exhibit the expression of our women. This year we presented our first “Black Girls Rock” award. Educational Enrichment Scholarships: Each year we uplift and invest in our youth by awarding qualified candidates with scholarships. The Janice L. Perkins Scholarship is awarded to students attending the University of Central Missouri, and our Frenchye Taylor Scholarship is awarded to a student 27
attending HBCU Lincoln University. Our High Scholastic scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors attending a 4year college or University. In all a total of $4750 in scholarships were awarded. We look forward to serving the community in 2017, as we continue to Launch New Dimensions of Service & Sisterhood. Rhonda Harris, President, Monica Thomas, 1st Vice President, and Tiffany Ford, 2nd Vice President.
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Herb Hardwick (L) & Howard Berry (R) 5.19.91 Initiates Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Lambda Chapter Kansas City, Mo [Not pictured: Lee J. Lindsey] 47
Chapter Initiated: Beta Alpha Current Chapter : Beta Omega Initiation School Florida A&M University Ship Name: Renaissance of Mystified Elegance (ROME) Current City: Overland Park How's it feel to reach this milestone year? A great achievement! Looking forward to serving mankind for another 25 years. 49
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t some point in life, youâ€™ll be challenged. Itâ€™s inevitable. Greeks learn to face their challenges head on and persevere. Many learn poems, 52
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Rorick Rhodes Fighting Cancer 1. Where did you cross? I crossed 2-3-91. S.S. Genesis, Zeta Gamma Chapter CMSU (University of Central Missouri) 2. What’s your profession? Wine & Spirits Sales Rep 3. So what’s the health battle you faced? I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia 2-23-16. What got me through my diagnosis was my faith! I had a lot prayers from family & friends. I some dark moments but I kept a positive attitude & accepted my diagnosis. I trust the Lord & when you do that man, you just gain this assurance that says, “You ‘re gonna be alright! I was placed in remission 7-23-16! Thank God!
4. Any advice for those facing challenges? Advice I will pass along is life is going to throw you some curve balls. You and only you will determine what you’re going to do about! There are the 3- F's of life! Freeze-"do nothing " Flight-" Run from your problems" or Fight-" Take on the challenge ".... I fought! I won!
2016 HIGHLIGHTS KC QUES, KC Deltas, Hot 103 Jamz, and the American Red Cross participated in the 2016 Charles Drew Blood Drive KC QUES, KC AKAs supported the 2016 American Breast Cancer "Making Strides of Kansas City" Walk Beta Omega - Adopt a street cleanup
Omegas at DST Founders Day 2016
Eight Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter Members Celebrate 50 and 10-Year- Milestones Eight members of the Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will celebrate milestones during this sorority year. Soror Georgia Berry celebrates 50 years in the sorority. Sorors Yolanda Bryson (current Chapter President), Arletta Gray, Krystal Jolly, Sharon Moore, Donna Rue, Shanike Williams and Erica Wills celebrate 10 years of membership. The Chapter recently celebrated its 47th anniversary on Nov. 1, 2016. The Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter was charted on Nov. 1, 1969 with 21 charter members; Soror Grace Bowlin was the Chapterâ€™s first president. The Chapter will host the Central Region conference in 2018 during its 48 th year.
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS ALUMNAE DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. PO BOX 12663 Kansas City, KS 66112 www.dstkcks.org
Awards and Recognitions Jacqueline A. Dillard was elected as the Central Regional Director Tiffany Williams won the Collegiate Advisor of the Year Award Lisa Hardwick won the Soror of the Year Award KCMO Alumnae Chapter won the Collegiate Transition Award 2016 Highlights Chapter again participated in the Susan G Komen Race For the Cure Continues to expose elementary school kids to the Arts through our Arts in the School Initiative Hosted our first Founders Day in our new home, The Delta Athenaeum (visit www.deedkcmo.org for more information regarding the Delta Athenaeum). Hosted the national Delta Authors on Tour event Assisted the Black Healthcare Coalition with their Baby Shower event Attended multiple high schools where we were able to register eligible high school students to vote Awarded over $52,000 in scholarships funds in 2016 through our Cotillion Program
Members Passed Ernestine Davis Inez Kaiser
(KCMO Alumnae Charter Member)
(KCMO Alumnae Charter Member)
Members with New Babies Astra Garner- baby girl Whitney Davis- baby boy Laquisha Ross- baby boy Weddings Nicole Bohannon D'Onica Hodgkin Lovelace Pat Jones Johnnie Terry-Flemming Tanya Smith Evelyn Hedge
BURNING SANDS 19 Folly Theater Nov. 5, 2016 By DST KCMO & the DEED Foundation
Photos: Ken Lumpkins
DST Founders Day at the Athenaeum | January 2016
(L) DeDe Jones Lambda Epsilon, 2014 (R) Kristine Lavender, Epsilon Psi, 1997
Photos: Raye Jackson Graphics: Ken Lumpkins
Zakhari Snow, Alpha | DeAndre Tuggle, Sigma | Lance Wesson, Kappa | Tony Henry, Alpha
ROLAND MARTIN GREEKS: POWER IN NUMBERS
f you look at all Black organizations in America, [the divine nine] probably has the most sophisticated infrastructure—that is both horizontal and vertical— but I firmly believe we’re not even close to maximizing our potential.”
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Roland Martin, National Reporter & Anchor, Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Frat., Inc.
DJ Diamond Diva Sha-Ron Turner, a.k.a. DJ Diamond Diva has become one of the best and most requested DJs in KC.
Sheâ€™s an accomplished professional, even beyond music. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse . Sha-Ron has also been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. since Fall 2004.
Sha-Ron plans to be a worldwide figure. "I don't want people to just say I'm one of the best female DJs they've heard, I want to be known as the best DJ period.â€?
Roland Martin Tells the Greeks THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS
tand Up. Pat yourself on the back. You’re Greek and proud of it, and rightly so. We represent some of the best and brightest, among any. Yet, with all of our intellect, education and platform on social justice, we’ve still failed to harness our full strength to create the change needed today. Roland Martin, national anchor and correspondent with the NewsOne network, came to town for the “Not In My City” symposium hosted by Pastor Darron Edwards and United Believers Church. His visit to KC included a stop by TWELVE Magazine’s Winning Ways networking event, on October 6th, featuring KC’s Black organizations. He shared some thoughts with Black organization leaders and Black Greek Letter Organizations present. “I’ve said this around the country. The Divine Nine probably has, if you look at all Black organization in America, probably has the most sophisticated infrastructure—that is both horizontal and vertical—but I firmly believe we’re not even close to maximizing our potential,” says Martin. Martin believes Greeks could use their influence to change lives on a large scale. He cites the instance in 2012 when Ohio implemented new laws, commonly classified as voter suppression, such as limiting early voting, to changing polling times and more. To combat the law, the state needed 300,000 signatures to get a referendum put on the ballot, to combat the legislation. When asked at the time, says Roland, Black leaders said they were short of that count because no one knew about it. “There are 120 Divine 9 chapters alone in Ohio. Why are we not sending our members out in colors to do that?” That illustrates the massive reach and impact we have if we execute. 71
The idea of “mass” can be applied to education too. “A mentoring program helping 10,15, 20 kids, is small potatoes. How are we impacting a large number of Black kids?,” challenges Martin. “Imagine if the largest five organizations, if they said ‘in five years, we’ll open 50 charter schools across the country’, that’s 250 schools in the country. If each school has 500 kids, that’s thinking big.” Acting on critical issues of today are necessary. “There are too many Issues where our organizations are silent, says Martin, speaking on the violence and police brutality in the community. “We get so caught up in our internal business. We literally have to reassess why we’re here.” “We have to be leveraging our power. We’re allowing our power to reside silently. Heinous crime, poverty, need members of the Divine Nine show up in their colors and say we oppose this. Why are we are walking around throwing up our signs and colors if we are not using our power?” To further illustrate how our power can be used, Martin give an example by addressing violent music. “Imagine if every fraternity and sorority said we’re tired of a certain music. We’re going to elevate Black consciousness. Once a week buy this song. In Martin’s example, we’re able to use our influence to impact dollars and influence content. “No other organization has that level of influence. So, how are we taking this power we have and change our community?” Martin declares If we exert our true influence, we could change the world. What’s next then? The change happens by not knowing what to do. As Martin closes, “The question is, do we have the courage?”
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Sigma Gamma Rho Presidents Samara Molix (Psi Sigma) & Amber Sellers (Delta Eta Sigma)
10 YEAR MEMBERS (L. to R.)
Patricia Beatty Tanika Bullock Jessica Byrd Kymberly Daniels Michelle Edwards Dionne Greenfield Dana Grissom Carmen Taylor (Background) Kelly Walton-Boyd Erika Brice
Pictured: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Psi Chapter
KC GREEK PICNIC 6.25.16
KCGP STOMP DOWN 6.24.16 Champs: Alphas & Deltas.
KC GREEK PICNIC 6.25.16
KC GREEK PICNIC 6.25.16
Photo: Alex Hicks
ROLL CALL! Sound Off! Shanta Bailey, AKA 25yr, S.S. New Beginnings
It feels amazing to reach being a Silver Star. I look forward to continued service through AKA Ebony McNulty, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions
Rewarding to serve and develop sisterhood Andrea Jackson, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions Tanika Bullock, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions
I love my DST! Howard Berry, Alpha. 25yr
Joining Alpha has been a great inspiration to me. Now it is ONWARD AND UPWARD to the next 25 years! Paul Anderson, Sigma 2016 | 1st Year S.S. Invictus
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LaMar K. Anderson Avery C. Cannon, Sr. Mark A. Moore, Jr. Clarence W. Powell Aaron R. Scroggins
Gena Williams, AKA Renaissance of Mystified Elegance (ROME) Florida A&M University
A great achievement! Looking forward to serving mankind for another 25 years. Pastor Darron Edwards, Alpha Pi Omicron, Texas A&M Line: Seven Wise Men: Spirit of Knowledge, Fear of the Lord
Feels Great! God is good!! Keith Jones, Sigma 2016 | 1st Year Dana Grissom, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions
10 years in DST has been a journey of commitment, growth, sacrifice, love and sisterhood. Tiffany McElroy, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions
1ST YR ALPHAS 2016
Cameron P. Cooper Anthony Draper Nosakhare J. Eke Seth M. Fisher Dariyan J. Springfield Corey M. Tucker
Richard Mitchem President Phi Beta Sigma Frat., Inc. Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter
Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter
2016 HIGHLIGHTS Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity participated in the Greater Kansas City March Of Dimes Sigmas worked on a revitalization project at the Elementary School of George Washington Carver in Neosho MO. Brothers came out to support Benjamin Banneker Elementary first day back to school.
Lance Wesson ( ) and wife, Lauren Wesson Married: Feb 14, 2016
Nicole Bohannon ( ) and husband, Harold. Married: Nov 12, 2016
Kamisha Stanton ( ) and husband Shawn ( ) Married: Oct 6, 2016
Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths
Keandra Johnson President
Local Organization Facts 2nd Cancer Walk- participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Kansas City where we joined 12,000 walkers and helped raise $325,000 in the local area. Our chapter raised over $1,300. Home to a member awarded Teacher of the Year at the Santa Fe Elementary School in the Hickman Mills School District. The teachers were nominated from each building in the district. – Morgan Sydnor Home to a member selected as a finalist for Smithfield Foods’ first ever ROI Award where candidates (domestic and international) were selected from nearly 200 submissions – Melissa Walton-Jones Held 1st Education Matters Campaign with local schools in the Kansas City area
2016 Key Happenings Elder Care Adopt-A-Highway – Missouri Department of Transportation Feed the Homeless
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advice, encouragement and congratulations. Ms. Campos was then presented with a scholarship check in the amount of $1000.00. Awarded in the name of Kansas City Freedom School founder and Cultured Pearl, the Carolyn A. Booker scholarship is awarded each
the Muriel Kaufman Foundation in her honor. On May 24, 2008 the Kansas City Freedom School held a Carolyn Booker Day. Soror Booker retired from the Kansas City Missouri public school district in 1996. She subsequently retired from the Kansas City Freedom school in
Psi Sigma Chapter
Psi Sigma chapter (Kansas City, Missouri) and the Sigma Salutes Foundation 501c3 awarded the third annual Carolyn A. Booker Scholarship. The winner of the 2016 scholarship is Sally Campos of Sumner Academy in Kansas City, KS. Ms. Campos excelled academically earning a 4.2 G.P.A. and was involved in several student organizations including. She will attend University of Missouri Kansas City in the fall and plans to major in Criminal Justice. Along with her mother and sister, Ms. Campos, attended an awards ceremony hosted by the foundationâ€™s Scholarship Committee. 2015 scholarship recipient, Victoria Wilson, offered words of
year to a deserving high school student residing in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Soror Carolyn A. Booker (deceased) played an integral role in the development of the Freedom School initiative in the Kansas City area. In 1995, under Soror Bookerâ€™s leadership, the first Kansas City Freedom School was established at the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. During her tenure with the Kansas City Freedom school she received many accolades. On May 23, 2005, she received the Kansas City Freedom School Initiative Pioneer Award celebrating the naming of the Carolyn Booker Skill Development Institute at
2010. The scholarship is named after Soror Carolyn A. Booker (deceased) in memory of her tireless work as a lifelong educator in the Kansas City community. Students who exemplify high scholastic achievement, student involvement, and community service are encouraged to apply in January of each year. It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service. 94
DELTA SIGMA THETA Ernestine Davis Inez Kaiser (KCMO Alumnae Charter Member)
Brother Thurman H. Garrett 1960 initiate of Gamma Chi Chapter Pittsburg, KS
Clarice Strawn (KCMO Alumnae Charter Member)
Brother Mike Law Former president Pi Omicron Lambda Chapter Leavenworth, KS
AKA Vivian Wynn Bassa – April 12, 2016
Bro. Arnel "Spanky" Monroe Zeta Gamma UCM
Mary Jean Booth Dodd – April 23, 2016
Brother Dr. Thomas Pawley National Historian Emeritus Past Midwestern Regional Vice President Lincoln University Professor
Julia Hicks Hill – August 11, 2016 Inez Kaiser
ALPHA PHI ALPHA Dr. Les Becker Initiated in 1941 Eta Chapter Columbia University
Brother Leon Scroggins Delta Rho UMKC Bro. William Watson 1947 Beta Kappa Chapter Langston University Born 7/11/25
Bro. Edwin R. Byrd 1940 Initiate Upsilon University of KS
Edwin R. Byrd
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