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Did you know that Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, was an AKA?

As a student at Virginia Union University during the late ’60s and early ’70s, West was president of the Alpha Eta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc., sang in the choir and took part in civil rights demonstrations on campus. “She always had leadership qualities,” recalled sorority sister Cecilia Johnson in an interview from the early 2000’s. Donda went on to receive a Masters Degree at Atlanta University in Georgia and a Doctorate Degree in English Education at Auburn University in Alabama. But that is not all, she continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, New Delhi University in India, and studied Russian Studies at Iowa State.

Soror West started her teaching career at Morris Brown College in the early ’70s as an English instructor and later became chairperson of the English Department.

Donda married Ray West, an aerial photo journalist for the Atlanta Journal Newspaper and had Kanye West in 1977. In 1980, she moved to Chicago alone with the then three-year-old Kanye to accept a position at Chicago State University where she was promoted from teaching assistant to professor and eventually became the chair of the Department of English and Speech for six years. She also became a Foreign Expert at CSU to the Peoples Republic of China. She lived there with Kanye in Beijing  for one year and returned to the United States.

In 2004, she left work to manage her son’s career and later helped Kanye form a music education charity. If you are a fan of Kanye’s work, you will know how much of an impact his mother had on his life.

Soror West passed at 58-years-old in 2007, as a result of complications from a surgical procedure.

Soror Donda West was a respected member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a noted scholar/literature professor who raised her only child as a divorced parent. Her son would later become one of the biggest rappers in the world.

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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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