New documentary tells the story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

A documentary on the first African American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, is being aired nationwide.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has announced the release of “Twenty Pearls,’’ the official documentary film that the organization’s history.

Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, the documentary focuses on the sorority’s 113 years. Just 40 years past the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, nine Black college women enrolled at Howard University where they organized and built a sisterhood in 1908. 

The organization has now grown to more than 300,000 members internationally and has been pivotal in watershed moments that have impacted American history. 

Harris interviewed

Through narration, interviews and archival assets, viewers will see how Alpha Kappa Alpha impacted the Harlem Renaissance, World War II, NASA, civil rights, women’s rights, as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Interviews include Alpha Kappa Alpha International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover; Vice President Kamala Harris and Miss Universe Ireland 2019 Fionnghuala O’Reilly (both sorority members); Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and others.

“Telling our own story is essential to preserving our history and uplifting the culture,” Glover said.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha’s remarkable 113-year journey is punctuated by stories of history makers, ceiling breakers, public servants and ordinary women who have changed the course of American history. Through this beautifully written and narrated odyssey, this film highlights, in undeniable ways, the vision, courage, tenacity, determination and power of Black women while dispelling any age-old questions about the relevance of HBCUs and the Divine 9.”

Another AKA first

The film production marks another first for AKA. The sorority is the first African American Greek-letter organization to distribute a full-length, feature documentary film.

The documentary premiered on March 21 on Comcast Xfinity Black Experience and Comcast Xfinity platforms, xfinity.com, XfinityFlex internet and Xfinity Mobile. 

The documentary will now be distributed across North America through On Demand to Atlantic Telephone Cable, Bardstown Cable, Cass Cable TV Inc., Charter Communications, Citizen’s Cable, Comcast, Cox, Fidelity Cable, Golden West Cablevision, Grande Communications, Great Lakes DSB, Hiawatha Broadband Comm., Homestead on Demand, Hotwire Communications, Kuhn Communications, Mid-Continent, OTELCO, Paul Bunyan Communications, Pencor Services, Phonoscope Cable, Plantation Cable, RCN, Service Electric Cable TV, Service Electric Cablevision, Troy Cablevision, Wyandotte Municipal Services and others.

Check your cable guide for availability. 

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