Kappa Omega Chapter
Chartered March 1, 1923
Early in the third decade of the twentieth century, a group of Alpha Kappa Alpha women living in Atlanta, Georgia were impelled by their own experiences as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to make it possible for other young women to share in. This would be for their own personal enrichment, as well as to ensure and enhance the contributions and services they would provide for the benefit of all. They came together and organized the first graduate chapter, Kappa Omega in the South Eastern Region, in Atlanta, Georgia. It was chartered March 1, 1923.
Kappa Omega was blessed with a special dimension from birth by having Marie Woolfork Taylor as a founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as one of the charter members establishing Kappa Omega Chapter.
Marie Woolfork Taylor served as first president of Kappa Omega Chapter, Sorority. Other charter Members were: Carrie Bond, Vice President; Floy S. Brown, Recording Secretary; Adelaide D. Smith (Turner), Corresponding Secretary; Eva Conner, Treasurer; Alice L. Rucker, Ruth B. Prince, Louise D. Shivery Madeline Smith Davis, and Hattie R. Watson. These ten dedicated women launched a dream in 1923.
Highlights of the Chapter’s Activities:
- Decade 20’s – Initiated a scholarship; 1926, Chartered Alpha Beta/Atlanta University, collaborated with Community Chest
- Decade 30’s Chartered Alpha Pi, Clark College, 1930; made contributions to NAACP, Community Chest
- Decade40’s-Conducted Seminar, “Consumer Education.” Conducted Health Screening Clinic; Chartered Gamma Gamma Chapter, Morris Brown College, 1942
- Decade 50’s- Carol Peden Composed Chapter Hymn; organized the Atlanta Council of the American Council Human Rights; Hosted 36th Boule with undergraduate chapters Alpha Pi and Gamma Gamma
- Decade 60’s- Coordinated Project AKA-Carrie Steele Pitts Home, and a reading clinic at Herndon Homes
- Decade 70’s – 18th South Atlantic Regional Conference hosted by Kappa Omega; Emerging of the Kappa Omega Chorus; Chartered Mu Pi, Spelman College, Mu Alpha, Emory University, Mu Beta, Georgia Tech.
- Decade 80’s-Decade Eighties Leadership collaborated with the Atlanta Public School System; Hosted the 49th Boule in 1980 ; Presented “ And These Came Forth” written by Mary Shy Scott and Verna James Henderson, Letter writing campaign against violence-elected officials; Project-murdered and missing children; Project with Atlanta PTA/SA “Parental Involvement and Test Taking Skills.
- Decade 90’s-Mary Shy Scott became the 23rd Supreme Basileus; Kappa Omega chorus was established; Purchased the Ivy Community Center formerly known as Kappa Omega Foundation Community Center; Coordinated GED program for tenants in the Boatrock Public Housing Project and held commencement celebration. Developed community networks that enhanced the welfare of Atlanta citizens partnering with American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, Southern Christian Leadership Conference for Women; Morehouse Medical School and the King Center for Non-Violence Change; Held major voter registration drives throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan Community; AKA Day at the Capitol was envisioned by Marjorie H. Young and Yvonne McBride, later institutionalized as an ongoing event and adopted by the international body as a major event for all chapters; Implemented Summer Arts Camp for inner city children.
- Decade 2000’s- Ivy Community Center presented First Pink Cultural Pearls Cotillion; Kappa Omega established Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Leadership Academy under the leadership of Centennial President Deborah Sims with Dr. Lucretia Payton-Stewart Dean of the Leadership Academy; 14 Golden Sorors were honored in 2008 at the Centennial Boule in Washington, D.C.; Kappa Omega was responsible for securing major funding for the Centennial Traveling exhibit from the Georgia Humanities Council; Major voter registration drives were held.
- Decade 2010- Collaborated with Alpha Kappa Alpha metro chapters in establishing first collaborative EYL seminar; Celebrated Kappa Omega Chapters’ 90 Years of rendering Timeless Service throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta Community; Celebrated our First Diamond Member Mrs. Verna James Henderson.