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Cynthia Graham-Hurd Named As The Second Alpha Kappa Alpha Member Killed In Charleston Shooting


While we have already reported about the tragic deaths of the Honorable Clementa C. Pinckney of Alpha Phi Alpha and Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton of Alpha Kappa Alpha in last night’s church shooting at Emanuel AME Church, it turns out that one more member of Alpha Kappa Alpha was also killed.

Soror Cynthia Graham-Hurd, an employee of the Charleston County Library has now been named as one of the victims of the Wednesday night shooting.

Cynthia worked for the Charleston County Library for 31 years and happened to be the sister of former North Carolina senator Malcolm Graham.

“My sister, Ms. Cynthia Marie Graham-Hurd, was a victim of the senseless hate crime at Emanuel AME Church. It is unimaginable that she would walk into church and not return,” former Senator Graham said in a statement Thursday. “But that’s who she was – a woman of faith. This is a very difficult time for our family, and Cynthia will be sorely missed.”

“Our family is close-knit, and our faith will see us through. I also extend condolences to the other families of Emanuel AME Church and the city of Charleston who have been affected by this inconceivable tragedy,” he continued. “My family and I appreciate the thoughts and prayers from people across North Carolina and South Carolina.”

The Charleston County Library posted a their condolences on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

“Charleston County Public Library is saddened to confirm the loss of one of our own in Wednesday’s shooting at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church. St. Andrews Regional Manager Cynthia Hurd, a 31-year employee of the library who dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others, was one of the nine victims killed in this senseless and tragic shooting,” they posted.

“Prior to being the manager at St. Andrews Regional, she was the manager of the John L Dart Branch. To honor our co-worker and all those lost, Charleston County Public Library’s 16 locations are closed today, Thursday, June 18, 2015.”

According  to the New York Times, the shooter, a caucasian man in his early 20s walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, spent an hour in a prayer meeting, and then opened fire, killing nine people. Before killing them he screamed, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

We at have reached out to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s administration and are currently waiting on a statement. This is a horrible atrocity and we would urge all of you to keep the families of those affected, including the families of Soror Cynthia Graham-Hurd, Soror Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and their sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha in your prayers.



This Alpha Kappa Alpha Member is Making History by Opening the First Chick-fil-A in Downtown Los Angeles

Ashley Derby, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Spelman graduate, made history in 2011 when she became the youngest African-American female franchise owner in the history of Chick-fil-A at 26 years old. She making history again by bringing the franchise to downtown Los Angeles.

Derby is an Atlanta native who started working at Chick-fil-A as a teenager to save money for a car. She stuck with the company through her undergrad years at Spelman. Because of her boss’ advice, Derby switched her major to focus on economics and applied for leadership roles at the restaurant.

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In undergrad, she was initiated into Spelman’s Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

With my girls in spirit this year – Happy SpelHouse Homecoming! 💙❤️ #Spelman

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After graduating, Derby did three years of management and development programs for Chick-fil-A before opening a franchise near the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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The AKAs at Southeastern Louisiana University Just Did a Law & Order Themed Yard Show

The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southeastern Louisiana University just did a Law & Order themed yard show to start off their fall semester!

COURT IS NOW IN SESSION! The Illustrious Lambda Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southeastern Louisiana University presented their first Fall 2017 “Pretty Wednesday” yard show after 9 years of coming back to the campus.

Watch Lambda O’s Law & Order: Kase Klosed yard show presentation below!

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The AKAs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Are STUNNING

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are STUNNING.

The ladies Spring 2015 line of the Iota Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. recently celebrated their AKAversary and they teamed up with photographer was Don Lundy from Lundy Lenses (@lundylenses), a member of the Kappa Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to take some amazing pictures.

Check out the photos from their photo shoot below!


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