The North Atlantic Regional Conference for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) will be held in Baltimore, Md. at the Baltimore Convention Center from April 26 through April 30. The sorority estimates over 5,000 members will attend the conference. The sorority will display its commitment to volunteerism and charitable giving by hosting numerous community service projects across the city throughout the conference.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. (AKA)

AKA is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 290,000 members in 993 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States and around the world.

The conference is being led by the AKA North Atlantic Regional Director, Meredith L. Henderson, International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, and Conference Chairman Tracey Barbour-Gillet. In addition to “conducting the business of AKA” attendees will support several community service projects that represent the five targets of the Sorority’s programs of service: education, health, family strengthening, environmental ownership and global impact.

On April 27, members will donate 1,000 backpacks along with school supplies and clothing to students at Beechfield Elementary/Middle School located at 301 South Beechfield Avenue. Later that same day AKA will be stocking a food pantry for students at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) with items donated by members.

“A recent reported on the growing problem of college students struggling to pay for food and stay in school as tuition has increased and financial aid has fallen,” Henderson said in a statement. “I am happy to aid students in need, help break new ground and supply the BCCC food pantry with the generous donations of Alpha Kappa Alpha women.”

The AKA food pantry donation will take place at the Liberty Campus of BCCC, located at 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue. On April 29, AKA will be hosting a Community Forum called “Ending the Violence and Building Healthy Communities (ACA).” The forum will feature Congressman Anthony Brown (D – Md) as the keynote speaker and former Baltimore City Mayor and sorority member Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will serve as moderator. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ located at 13 South Poppleton Street. Also from 9 a.m. to noon, on the same day, the organization will host an “HBCU Expo” at the Baltimore Convention Center. Representatives from historically Black colleges and universities will be in attendance and available to discuss future educational opportunities with area high school students. During the “HBCU Expo”, AKA will donate 1,000 backpacks to Monrovia Park Elementary School.

According to Visit Baltimore, the AKAs (who will be wearing apple green and salmon pink) will support the Baltimore City economy by spending more than $1,930,000 during their conference through hotel stays, shopping, dining and tours of Charm City.