St. Petersburg AKAs to celebrate 60th anniversary


The Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) will celebrate 60 years of service Dec. 18-20 at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel. The St. Petersburg chapter was chartered on Dec. 15 in 1955 by 15 women.

The chartering members were Annie Barton, Ruth Batson, Pauline Besselli, Lena Brown, Mary O. Brown, Claronell Griffin, Bertha James, Rubye Wysinger, Dorothy Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Annie McLin, Willie M. McMurray, Eloise E. Perkins, Verdya Robinson, and Florence Williams. Lena Brown was the first president.

Under the leadership of Cassandra Williams, chapter president, the sorority will host a weekend of activities including a holiday party on Dec. 18 and a members-only gala on Dec. 19. The public is invited to attend a free reception at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel, 333 1st Street S.

During the public event, the sorority will announce the recipients of its inaugural Community Assistance Grant awards, launched this year to support the development of community service projects and increase civic engagement among youth and families. Award amounts range from $500 to $1,000.

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