CHICAGO (July 15, 2021) – Eight exemplary Black women in corporate business, entertainment business, media, literature, performing arts and sports were recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) as honorary members.
Trailblazers Ursula M. Burns (corporate business), Ruth E. Carter (entertainment business), Debra Martin Chase (entertainment business), Cynthia Erivo (performing arts), Lisa Leslie (sports), Robin Roberts (media), Tracee Ellis Ross (performing arts) and Alice Walker (literature) became members of the sorority in separate ceremonies in New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., Los Angeles, Calif., Berkeley, Calif., and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., all following the CDC’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Presiding over the formal, in-person inductions was Alpha Kappa Alpha’s International President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Glenda Glover. Also in attendance were Staci R. Collins Jackson, Chair, International Honorary Members & Awards Committee and Committee Members Rose Jackson Flenorl and Rashan Ali.
“I am honored to welcome these extraordinary women into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Each of these luminaries has reached the pinnacle of success in her respective field and sphere of influence. They are recognized and celebrated around the world and epitomize greatness. Since our founding in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been history makers and standard bearers. Our newest members are writing a new chapter in our long and distinguished history. They now join an international sisterhood of more than 300,000 members who exemplify excellence through our lifelong commitment to the communities we serve. The induction of our newest honorary members will ensure that we continue to shine our light on the extraordinary accomplishments of Black women,” said Glover.
Honorary membership is the sorority’s highest honor and awarded to distinguished women whose works and contributions parallel AKA’s ideals of achievement and service.