Chapter History

In order for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® to extend its services to mankind, new chapters are organized in cities around the world. During the early 1980’s Soror Shirley Green Mays, of Theta Sigma Omega Chapter in Hattiesburg, MS realized that enough sorors were residing in Meridian to organize a chapter. Therefore, in 1981 Soror Mays, Soror Vickie McNair Robinson and Soror Judy Smith Stepney came to Meridian to discuss a chapter organization. This idea was received with enthusiasm and an interest group was formed entitled, “The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha”.

On December 18, 1983, Omicron Beta Omega became another chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. because of seventeen (17) committed and compassionate women who heeded the call to render service in Meridian and surrounding communities. South Eastern Regional Director, Esther Rigby of Jackson, Mississippi, conducted the chartering ceremony at Howard Johnson Convention Center in Meridian. Charter members include Dorothy Bartee, Amanda Carter, Ramona Chapman, Myra Catchings, Katherine Fagen (deceased), Edwina Harris, Elinore Hersey, Sandra Keyes, Gwendolyn King, Ernestine Kornegay (deceased), Dorothy Loyd (Brown), Mary Bingham Moore (deceased), Adrian Mosley, Evelyn Polk, Martha Ross, Kaye Sykes, and Arthurine Vaughn.

Omicron Beta Omega has remained both visible and viable in the community through implementation of our international programs of service. Success came early in Omicron Beta Omega’s history as the chapter presented its first AKA Calendar Girl Event. This scholarship program featured young ladies with escorts and spotlighted participants in the Creative Writer’s Contest. Additional Calendar Girl Events captivated audiences with International renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis; Miss America 1984 Suzette Charles, an AKA member, and the first Black Miss Mississippi Toni Seawright, also an AKA member. Local and state talents have also included: The Daughters of Margaret, a Jackson Theatrical Group; and awarding college scholarships to area high school graduates.

The Contemporary Black Achievers Program presented in 1993 honored local citizens for outstanding contributions to their community. FashionettaTM (formerly AKA Calendar Girl Event) a trademark of Alpha Kappa Alpha, continues to spellbound audiences as it provides a state for talent and fashion as well as providing varied social, educational and cultural experiences for the participants.
Our dedicated community services sponsored by Omicron Beta Omega Chapter include: Alpha Care, a summer tutorial and mentoring program with the Lauderdale County Boys and Girls Club; participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life; Habitat for Humanity, Women’s build project; Art-In-The-Park; United Blood Services Drive; PIMS – Partnership in Math and Sciences; a summer camp at Piney Woods School for junior high girls. We have supported the NAACP, Red Cross, Black Businesses; and contributed to the United Negro College Fund, Peavey House Child Abuse Shelter, HOPE Village for Children, Multi-County Community Service Agency’s homeless shelter; Wesley House Domestic Violence, and LOVES Soup Kitchen. Also, Omicron Beta Omega sorors have rung bells for the Salvation Army; adopted a historically black college or university (Tougaloo College); sponsored an African village; and visited senior citizens in local nursing homes.

Omicron Beta Omega Chapter sorors are proud of service rendered to the community over the past years and we will continue to seek new areas for our “Service to All Mankind”.

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