2023 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Cockerham

House Resolution 140

(As Adopted by House)


     WHEREAS, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek letter organization in the United States founded by college educated African-American women on January 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University; and

     WHEREAS, the illustrious organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is comprised of 10 regions around the globe and is currently led by International President Danette Anthony Reed; and

     WHEREAS, the South Eastern Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is comprised of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama which includes 116 chapters, 48 undergraduate chapters and 68 graduate chapters, totaling over 14,000 Sorors, and currently led by their dynamic Regional Director, Dr. Tracey Morant Adams; and

     WHEREAS, the South Eastern Region has a legacy of providing exemplary service to all mankind, and through the collective efforts of its members implements programs of service that transform, magnify, and accelerate communities and campuses; and

     WHEREAS, the sorority's social advocacy agenda focuses on issues that will save lives and transform communities with the Mississippi efforts led by Mississippi Connection and Social Action Coordinator, Attorney Demetrice Williams Wells and the South Eastern Representative to the International Connection and Social Action Committee, Leah Wiggins; and

     WHEREAS, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha who reside in the State of Mississippi have made significant contributions to local, state, and national programs that have made a positive impact on the State of Mississippi, are provided exemplary dedication, hard work, and commitment to providing service to the citizens of Mississippi as evidenced by countless hours of community service, millions of dollars in financial contributions, and social advocacy that has been displayed since the chartering of the first chapter in Mississippi in 1934; and

     WHEREAS, Mississippi is home to former South Eastern Region legends who embody the spirit of service to all mankind, such as the late Ernestine Holloway, 14th South Eastern Regional Director; the late Esther Martin Rigsby, 17th South Eastern Regional Director; Dr. Vanessa Rogers Long, 20th South Eastern Regional Director; Dr. Juanita Sims Doty, 23rd South Eastern Regional Director; Attorney Mitzi Dease Paige, 26th South Eastern Regional Director; and most notably, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, the 30th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and

     WHEREAS, with 35 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the State of Mississippi, Alpha Kappa Alpha members continue to empower our families, build our economic wealth, enhance our environment, advocate for social justice, and uplift our local community as they strengthen the bonds to support their service mission; and

     WHEREAS, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated currently has three members of the sorority serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives:  Angela Cockerham, Representative, District 96, Lataisha Jackson, Representative District 11 and most notably, Alyce G. Clarke, Representative District 69 who assumed office in 1985; and

     WHEREAS, Representative Alyce G. Clarke is a revered and decorated member of the Mississippi House of Representatives who has served the citizens of Mississippi with dignity, respect, and perseverance since she began her tenure, and continues to be a beacon of hope and change for our state as she has shown with her public service and dedication to Mississippi residents for over three decades and is an inspiration to all who have been called to serve, and she is an Alpha Kappa Alpha living legend who will forever be remembered in Mississippi as a servant-leader; and

     WHEREAS, it is most appropriate that we commend fine organizations that treasure high values and live their lives to evidence the same, bringing hope and healing wherever they volunteer:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend the illustrious ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on the observance of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Day at the Capitol on March 21, 2023.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution shall be furnished to Dr. Tracey Morant Adams, the South Eastern Regional Director, South Eastern Regional Archives and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.