FAMU’s Beta Alpha chapter celebrate 85 years
The 85th Anniversary Celebration of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., commenced on the campus of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University which sits on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee.
Nearly 500 sorority sisters from around the globe came to town during this year’s Homecoming weekend, October 13-15, to share and renew their bonds of sisterhood and service, fueled with salmon pink and apple green energy.
Pink and green radiated throughout the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center, the site of the 2017 Homecoming Convocation. Among the AKAs celebrating Homecoming and Beta Alpha’s 85th Anniversary was Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 25th International President, Norma Solomon White (Beta Alpha – Fall 1952).
Dr. Larry Robinson, FAMU President, Dr. Shelby Chipman, Director of Marching and Pep Bands, and the internationally acclaimed Marching 100, paid homage to her as the first female band member, recounting just some of her accomplishments with a beautiful tribute. Following convocation, there were a number of luncheons throughout the city as initiation classes celebrated milestones.
On Saturday morning, 250 graduate members, adorned in their customized 85th anniversary shirts and Pandora-inspired charm bracelets, attended the Reunion Brunch at the Hotel Duval. The vibrant and uplifting program included “Time on the Hill” reflections from members of lines from the 1950s through the present.
Festivities concluded after the game with more than 300 sorority sisters singing, stepping, and strolling around the Eternal Flame, between Coleman Library and Lee Hall, to memorable AKA songs and chants.
Chartered at Florida A & M College on May 21, 1932, The Original Beta Alpha Chapter, through the involvement of both past and current members, continues to represent a legacy of “Sisterhood and Service” and “Excellence with Caring.”
The Chapter’s rich history also is captured in a commemorative book which will be donated to The Meek-Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Archives at Howard University. #85BackonTheHill