Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., South Atlantic Region, held their annual Cluster VI Conference on September 16-17, 2016 at the North Charleston Convention Center.
The Cluster VI Conference kicked off on Friday evening with a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Pride Pep Rally. Members wore their favorite HBCU apparel to show their HBCU pride and support and enjoyed a fun-filled night with music and entertainment.
Under the leadership of Dorothy Buckhanan-Wilson, International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority prioritizes and supports its Think HBCU campaign, highlighting HBCUs and their contributions to the sorority and society.
On Saturday, Sharon Brown Harriott, South Atlantic Regional Director, led the Cluster VI Conference activities and business meeting. One of the highlights of the conference was the community service project. Alpha Kappa Alpha fully recognizes that it can be a hardship for many families to provide all the necessities students need for a successful school year. To assist, 125 backpacks filled with school supplies and non-perishable food items were donated to Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Office of Service for Displaced Families. Dr. Valerie E. Harrison, CCSD Interim Chief Academic Officer, attended the conference and participated in the “Operation Backpack” presentation.
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 2014-2018 International Program theme is “Launching New Dimensions of Service,” which consists of five target areas. “Operation Backpack” aligns with Target I: Educational Enrichment and Target III: Family Strengthening. Under Target I, the sorority promotes the learning process by providing substantial support to students through AKA One Million Backpacks, where members are donating and distributing one million backpacks and related school supplies. Childhood Hunger Initiatives under Target III focus on critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter and financial means. Partnering with local agencies, food banks and community pantries is vitally important.
Gamma Xi Omega hosted this year’s conference. Over 500 sorority members attended, which was a record for Cluster VI Conference attendance. South Carolina, Georgia and Florida comprise Alpha Kappa Alpha’s South Atlantic Region. Within the region, Cluster VI includes 26 chapters; four graduate and two undergraduate chapters are located in the Lowcountry.
Mrs. Devetta Williams Hughes is the Cluster VI Coordinator, and Ms. Kimberly Greene and Mrs. Katherine Whitaker served as Cluster VI Conference Chairmen. Mrs. Marguerite S. Middleton is the president of Gamma Xi Omega Chapter. Mrs. Gretchen B. Morgan is vice president, and she also served as chairman of “Operation Backpack.”