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AKAs 92nd Regional Conference

What do U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker and producer Ava DuVernay have in common? Not only are they phenomenal women, but they are also members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)— one of the largest and oldest Greek-letter organizations established by African American, college-educated women.
 
About 6,000 AKA members will make the capital city glow in pink and green as they arrive in Austin on April 25-28. The 116-year-old international organization’s South Central Region will present its 92nd regional conference, hosting women from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.
 
“As a 20+ year resident of Austin, TX, it is my honor to host the 92nd South Central Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, in this great city. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a regional director of this organization, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bring 6,000+ women of color to our city,” said Joya Hayes, 26th South Central regional director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. “We will make a significant impact to the Austin economy as we celebrate and handle the business of our sorority who have provided services to International communities for over 116 years.”
  The organization will host two important public-facing events at the Austin Convention Center, featuring city, state, and national leaders and social justice giants from across Texas.  
 
The first is the Public Meeting on April 25th from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., featuring national leaders and lawmakers. This event is open to the public and will be focused on social justice, honoring Austin trailblazers who have established transformative organizations within the social justice realm. The theme is “Soaring on the Journey: The Power of Progress, Sisterhood & Services.”  The keynote speaker for the evening is the Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III. Haynes is the pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas. 
 
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Nelson Linder, Austin NAACP; Jeff Travillion, Travis County commissioner; and Joyce James of Joyce James Consulting. The following organizations will also be recognized: the Austin Justice Coalition, The Black Fund, Black Mama’s Village, and the African American Harvest Foundation. 
The second event involves community service and will take place on April 25 at the Austin Convention Center. On the heels of Black Maternal Health Week, sorority members will collect donations to support maternal health organizations in Austin. Donations will benefit Black Mamas Village, ATX, African American Youth Harvest Foundation, Delivering Unto You, MHEC ATX & Mama Sana Vibrant Woman.
 
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization founded in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. It comprises over 360,000 initiated members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in 12 countries, including the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Dubai, Germany, Japan, Liberia, Nigeria, South Korea, South Africa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Led by International President & CEO Danette Anthony Reed of Dallas, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.

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