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The Epsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Celebrates the King Holiday by Serving

by Deborah E. Dennard

"To be of service to all mankind" is part of the mission for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Therefore, it is fitting that on the 110th anniversary of the founding of the sorority, that the Epsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha spent the day serving the community, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on the holiday.

The sorority members participated in the annual MLK March. They also served lunch to the clients of Loaves and Fishes Ministry to pay tribute to what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 89th birthday. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Day as a national day of service, noting it was a “day on, not a day off.” Along those same lines, Dorothy Buchanan Wilson, the international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., designated the King Holiday as an International Community Impact Day for the sorority. Additionally, under her administration, she has implemented five target initiatives under the sorority’s Launching New Dimensions of Service Programs. Feeding the homeless at Loaves and Fishes is one of those five targets, the Family Strengthening Initiative of which Eddie Mae Reid and Gail Foster are the co-chairs of this committee.

In an effort to impact the community, the Epsilon Omega Omega chapter prepared 168 lunches and hygiene bags for those in need. These were distributed by 64 sorority members and 17 volunteers, including high school students from the sorority's A.S.C.E.N.D. program as well as the Kappa Eta and Iota Eta undergraduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha from Georgia College and State University and Mercer University.

"Although they may be without a home, those in need have a home in our hearts. We are happy we are able to help, to provide them with personal contact," said Brenda Youmas, president of the Epsilon Omega Omega chapter. She went on to explain, "one of the things that Dr. King strongly suggested was that we serve, and that’s what we are doing. We’re being servants to those in need."

This is indeed the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King. In his "Drum Major Instinct" speech given two months before his death, Dr. King told the world how he would like to be eulogized. "I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day that I tried to be right and to walk with them. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity."

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