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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Hosts Reception for Soror and Charter Day Speaker Kamala D. Harris

Contributing Writer

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012

Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 16:03

     Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. hosted a reception in honor of Charter Day Keynote Address Speaker Kamala D. Harris.

     Harris is the first female, African-American, and Indian American to become Attorney General of California. She attended Howard University where she joined the Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

     The coordinator of the event was April Gaines-Jernigan, the graduate advisor for the Xi Omega graduate chapter and Alpha undergraduate chapter.

     Both current and alumni members of the sorority gathered in the lower level of Cramton auditorium as they waited for the guest of honor to arrive. The room was filled with music as Ashton Vines, senior jazz studies major, played the saxophone and Colin Chambers, junior jazz studies major, played the keyboard.

     Howard University Undergraduate Trustee and senior psychology major Erin Rigsby introduced Kamala D. Harris who then spoke to all who attended.

     "Sometimes you can be in a room, and you're the only one who looks like you," Harris said, "But it's occasions like this that you should carry with you. We lift each other up, carry each other, applaud each other, and that's what this sorority does."

     She ended the short address by saying to the members of the sorority, "You are a part of who I am, I am a part of who you are, and we are in this together."

     Alpha Chapter President, Jasmyn Durham presented Attorney General Harris with a gift bag that contained an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. license plate, and two t-shirts and a tote with the sorority's trademarks.

     Harris said that it was an honor to come back to her alma mater and give the keynote address for Charter Day.

     The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. expressed their pride and joy at what their fellow soror has accomplished.

      "As African-American women, we have to be willing to take the risk and find a way to enter the places that we don't see ourselves in." Senior and Undergraduate Trustee Erin Rigsby said, "We have to go for those leadership positions."

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