Message from the President – A Call to Action:
The public murder of George Floyd has been a wake-up call for America and the world. The national protests and demonstrations over the past weeks are once again highlighting the consequences of our actions or inaction as we face the ramification of years of injustice, inequitable social beliefs and behavior, and the resulting inequality found among the races in all aspects of our culture – education, health, economic opportunity, employment, wealth, justice, etc. Today, over 200 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans continue to be oppressed and we are not much better off now than we were then.
Over the past five years, approximately 1,000 people a year have been killed by the police. The overwhelming percentage of those killed have been African Americans and the number of officers prosecuted and/or found guilty has been minimal. Aside from increased police brutality, poverty levels and unemployment rates are higher for African Americans, there are there are disproportionate numbers of COVID-19 positive cases and related deaths due to more significant underlying health conditions, and there are disproportionate statistics of African American men and women killed by police or “private citizens” who claim their victims “looked suspicious or were resisting arrest.”
For over 112 years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has been in the forefront of social justice. Today, we again find ourselves as an organization proud to be actively involved on the front lines demanding equality for African Americans. In the recent declaration of Dr. Glenda Glover, our International President, “we …. will continue to serve, advocate and demand justice until our voices are heard and progress is achieved.”
We, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Iota Gamma Omega Chapter, are doing our part. We wholeheartedly join our sisters, brothers, and other concerned citizens in saying, “enough is enough!” We collectively stand and support the current peaceful demonstrations and protests calling attention to these inequities. We will advocate for change as we work with lawmakers and other organizations to identify and recommend specific areas for social change, especially in the area of police reform. We will continue to register people to vote and help get them to the polls to vote in all elections. We will continue to encourage everyone to complete their Census 2020 so that resources can be distributed equally to our communities where needed. Finally, we support and encourage others to register and join the March on Washington on August 28.
We recognize no one can do everything, but we can each do something. Let us make sure this is not just a moment in time but a real commitment and long-term acknowledgement that “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” We encourage you to work within whatever space you feel comfortable to help make a change.
Stay WOKE, take a STAND, and promote ACTION!
Yours in service,
Cheryl W. Owens, President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Iota Gamma Omega Chapter