Vacation is finally here. This is the season when many take the time to be thankful and celebrate. In Philadelphia, women who wear lots of green and pink will be celebrating more than the holidays. The Ladies of the Alpha Kappa Chapter Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omega Omega will be celebrating their 95th anniversary. There are few organizations that have lasted this long, so this is a milestone for the AKAs in Philadelphia. The Omega Omega chapter is special. This is the first graduate chapter chartered in Philadelphia and this chapter is proud to produce the visionary founder of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, who served as the first president of Omega Omega.
The Omega Omega Chapter of the AKAs has served the Philadelphia area since 1926. They are the twenty-fourth graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and oversee three undergraduate chapters. They oversee the Temple University Chapter, Cheyney University and City Chapter, which includes the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, LaSalle University, St Joseph’s University and Thomas University. Jefferson.
Imagine the amount of change and evolution an organization has to go through to exist for 95 years. The current president of Omega Omega Chapters is Charlene Collins. She is the 30th president of the chapter. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Collins grew up in the city’s Wynnefield neighborhood. She attended Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Where she was introduced at age 19 to Alpha Kappa Alpha in second year and continued her education at St. Joseph University where she joined the Chapter. Omega Omega. Collins explained that the organization has evolved to have greater impact and be of service to the community.
What started with twenty-two women has grown exponentially. The Omega Chapter Omega is the largest graduate chapter in Philadelphia and has over 550 members. Their youngest member is twenty-two and the oldest is about to turn one hundred. “We are proud to offer mentorship to young people and we also ensure and support their aspirations in post-secondary education, we offer scholarships to high school students. We are voters’ rights defenders. You will always see us actively involved in making sure people are registered to vote. Make sure people get to vote. Mobilization. We have also done a lot of work on gun violence in our city. We make sure we are aware of the things that plague our communities, ”explained Collins.
The mission of the Omega Omega Chapter is to uplift people and serve all of humanity. They’ve cleaned up and helped beautify parks in Philadelphia, helped with urban gardening, repaired credit, successfully transitioned immigrants of color to the city, supported the homeless, and organized events to help our youth s ” involve in the arts (which has been cut from a lot of school budgets). They aim to give a voice to the voiceless. This is all volunteerism.
The Omega Chapter Omega has a lot to celebrate!