Alpha Kappa Alpha Mourns the loss of Maya Angelou

Chicago, Illinois – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority mourns the loss of beloved honorary member Maya Angelou. Speaking on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 265,000 members worldwide, the Sorority’s International President Carolyn House Stewart borrowed a title from one of her poems in hailing her as a “phenomenal woman.”

Declared Stewart, “As a poet, author, actress, advocate, humanitarian and dispenser of wisdom, Maya Angelou inspired and uplifted everyone she touched. In her words and deeds, she was fierce, courageous and bold. Most of all, and at her core, she radiated love. This rare ability to give and receive love will ultimately be the legacy she leaves the world.”

President Stewart said that Maya Angelou was one of the Sorority’s most-heralded members. She was inducted into the Sorority on March 10, 1983 as an Honorary Member. During the ceremony, she was hailed as a distinguished woman whose works and contributions parallel AKA’s ideals of achievement and service. It is an ideal she maintained throughout her 86 years of life, said Stewart.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha extends condolences to the world community, which grieves the loss of this icon,” stated Stewart. “While we lament her passing, we join the world in celebrating her life, which will be forever etched in our minds and in our hearts.”


Ras Baraka elected Mayor of Newark, New Jersey!

Ras Baraka 

I interviewed newly elected Mayor Ras J. Baraka the last time I was in Newark, NJ (May 2012) for the fundraising program held by WISOMMM (Women in Support of the Million Man March). Ras and I had an 'on the record' conversation and an 'off the record' conversation and I can tell you his commitment to the people and the poor is deep and consistent. 

He has great ideas, is not afraid to speak up and will need the support of those who want to take the city back from those who have benefited from corruption, political patronage and have plans for full gentrification. 

Congratulations Ras! Congratulations Newark! 

What a powerful way to honor the memory of his father!
Amiri Baraka