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  • 01 Dec 2018 10:29 PM | Ramona Davis (Administrator)

    ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. – BETA OMEGA CHAPTER Hosts Reception for New Mid-Western Regional Director On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Omega Chapter of Kansas City, MO hosted a congratulatory reception for Mrs. Twyla Woods-Buford at Magnolia’s at Caenen Castle in Shawnee, KS. In July of this year Woods-Buford was installed as the Mid-WesternRegional Director at the sorority’s 68th Boule in Houston, Texas.

    With a Harlem Renaissance theme, members wore fashionable attire reflecting the roaring 1920s to the reception focused on International President, Glenda Glover’s Arts Target under her 2018-2022 International Program, Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.  Barbara Graham was chairman of the Regional Director’s reception.

    Elected officials from local and state government and other National Pan-Hellenic Council Greekletter organizations attended. Alissia Canady, councilwoman for the 5th District in Kansas City, MO, brought greetings on behalf of the city. Barbara Anne Washington, Representative for Missouri’s 23rd State House District, shared a proclamation from the office of Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson. Mr. Damon E. Roath of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Lambda Chapter of Kansas City, MO also brought congratulatory greetings.

    Three former Mid-Western Regional Directors, Delorise A. Gines (19th) of Missouri,  Brenda A. Lewis (25th) of Oklahoma and  Jan M. Carpenter-Baker (29th) of Kansas attended and brought congratulatory greetings and inspirational words of wisdom.

    Charnissa Holiday-Scott, President of Beta Omega (Kansas City, MO),  Sharon Hayes, President of Mu Omega (Kansas City, KS), Rhonda Harris, immediate past President of Xi Tau Omega (Grandview, MO) and Ashley Hall, President of Upsilon Rho Omega (Overland Park, KS) greeted attendees. Members appointed to regional and international committees by the Regional Director and International President also attended the program and were recognized.

    Woods-Buford is a retired educator who began her career in the Des Moines, IA public schools as a teacher associate. After earning her bachelor’s master’s and education specialist degrees from Drake University, she worked as a teacher, principal, assistant director of elementary education, associate superintendent of human resources and chief of staff. 

    Woods-Buford was initiated into Iota Zeta Omega Chapter in Des Moines, IA in 1978. After moving to Kansas City, MO, Woods-Buford transferred to Beta Omega Chapter. She is a life member of the sorority with forty years of uninterrupted active service.

    Beyond her sorority service,  Woods-Buford enjoys spending time with her husband Robert Buford, her retirement and her church, Friendship Baptist Church of Kansas City, MO.

  • 14 May 2018 5:44 PM | Elonia Norwood (Administrator)

    Let's get it done! In short, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle is one of those rare individuals who brought her vision to life in a way that has continued well past her own lifetime. Her efforts to unite women around shared interests and a commoncause served as the model upon which many of today’s organized women’s service groups were—and are being- -formed. Herdevotion to serving all mankind (not just some) is another hallmark of her character and belief in the American spirit, despite living in Jim Crow America. And it is because of her life’s work and her subsequent rich legacy, both of which confirm her as a notable history maker and shaper, that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is herewith presenting Ethel Hedgeman Lyle for consideration to be featured on a 2019-2020 USPS Forever Postage Stamp.

  • 01 Jul 2017 8:16 PM | Ramona Davis (Administrator)

    It’s Lucile Bluford’s Day. Officially. Bluford, for whom the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch is named, was a leading voice in the civil rights movement in Kansas City and helped make The Call one of the largest and most important African-American newspapers in the nation. On July 1, 2017, the state of Missouri designated July 1—her birthday—as Lucile Bluford Day.
  • 29 Dec 2016 5:43 PM | Ramona Davis (Administrator)

    This event is acollaboration with Beta Omega and Mu Omega Chapters to celebrate Sisterly Relations Day and Founders' Day 2017 by hosting a private screening of the historic movieHidden Figures. Hidden Figures tells the story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson , Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson  -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. All three women are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • 17 Sep 2016 9:13 PM | Elonia Norwood (Administrator)

    Are you a high school student interested in attending an Historically Black College University (HBCUs) or just want to learn more about HBCUs?! If you answered yes, join The Greater Kansas City Graduate Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Omega, Mu Omega, Xi Tau Omega, Upsilon Rho Omega Chapters, on September 24th to receive information from HBCUs and participate in interactive panels with HBCU Alumni and so much more! 

    The event is being held at 1600 John "Buck O Neil Way" from 8:30am - 12:30pm on September 24, 2016.

    Think HBCU℠ is an opportunity to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college. Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) is a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. For more information visit

    Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. KC graduate chapters: Beta Omega, Mu Omega, Xi Tau Omega and Upsilon Rho Omega.

  • 17 Sep 2016 8:53 PM | Elonia Norwood (Administrator)

    Beta Omega diamond member, Dr. Julia H. Hill, a Kansas City historic icon and stalwart for civil rights and education equity for our children, who also was a faithful leader in her church, passed away at her home. A life well lived. R.I.P.

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  • 02 Jul 2016 8:56 AM | Elonia Norwood (Administrator)

    Alpha Kappa Alpha member Lucille Bluford now has her own day.  

    HB1559 sponsored by Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City has been signed by the Missouri governor.

    Bluford, a journalist who died in 2003, mounted a legal challenge that helped integrate the University of Missouri. She spent seven decades as a reporter, editor and publisher at The Call newspaper in Kansas City. July 1 was her birthday in 1911.

    “Lucile Bluford spent her long life fighting injustice in its many forms and was a strong and influential voice for Kansas City’s African-American community,” 

    For more details follow the links below.

    Lucille Bluford Article

    Track the Bill on the Missouri House Website


                 Delta Chapter 1930                       Lucille Bluford

  • 02 May 2016 8:43 PM | Elonia Norwood (Administrator)

    Missouri Chapters met in Jefferson City for the AKA Day at the Capitol.  The event was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  It was a collaboration between Central Region and Midwestern Region Connection Committees.    Sorority members from across Missouri met to advocate for key issues facing our community.  The focus issues of the day were Mental Health, Social Justice Civil Rights, and Voter Rights. 

    Speakers included:

    Anita Russell, President, Kansas City NAACP 

    Cindi Keele, Executive Director - NAMI Missouri 

    Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director, Empower Missouri 

    Rep. Kim Gardner/Rep. Bonnaye Mims 

    Rep. Brandon Ellington/Rep. Clem Smith 

    Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls/ Sen. Jamilah Nasheed 

    Jan M. Carpenter-Baker, Mid-Western Regional Director and Kathy A. Walker-Steele, Central Regional Director both participated in the program.   The event was chaired by Carol Graves of Beta Omega Chapter and Stacey Edwards of Gamma Omega.  

  • 24 Mar 2016 5:46 PM | Ramona Davis (Administrator)

    We had a great time at the 86th MWRC. Our 2015 hard work paid off in a big way. We received the following AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

    AWARDS - Outstanding Graduate Chapter Exhibit; Jewell Neal Outstanding Chapter Scrapbook; Media Excellence Award; LNDS Overall Launching New Dimensions of Service Execution Achievement Award; LNDS Educational Enrichment – ASCEND Signature Program Achievement Award. 

    RECOGNITION - Alberta G. Jones Award for Operational Excellence; International Standards; Platinum Level EAF Status - we went above and beyond by $2,000 and are one of the first chapters in the MW to achieve this goal. 

    Lastly, Jesse Horne and family received special recognition in the legacy parade. 


  • 12 Mar 2016 9:50 PM | Elonia Norwood (Administrator)

    The young ladies of ASCEND along with the leaders held a culturing outing to see the play "Diary of Anne Frank." ASCEND is the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program, designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential.

    Charnissa Holiday-Scott is the Program Chairman and Barbara Rashad is the ASCEND Signature Program Chairman.

    Click Here for more information about ASCEND.


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