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By Contributing Writer Laura D. Reid

Not even Prince could resist the pretty girls that wear twenty pearls.  In 1994, His Royal Badness featured Marva Collins, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” video.   

Collins, who passed in 2015, was a famous educator and founder of Westside Preparatory School in Chicago, IL.   The low-cost private school (Pre-K through 8th grade) was successful at teaching impoverished African American students that the public school system deemed learning disabled. Her methods gained national notoriety in the 70’s and 80’s.  In 1983, then president-elect Ronald Reagan considered her as a candidate for secretary of education.  She was also featured in a segment of CBS’s 60 Minutes, a TV movie about her life’s work, The Marva Collins Story, starring Delta Sigma Theta member Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman aired in 1981.  In 2004, she received a National Humanities Medal for her contributions in teaching and efforts in school reform.

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Colllins was born and raised in Alabama in 1936.   She attended Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) and crossed Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “Sweet” Alpha Pi Chapter.  Collins started her career in education in Alabama and later became a substitute teacher in the Chicago public school system.  In 1975, frustrated with the lack of learning she witnessed, Collins used $5,000 from her retirement savings and started Westside Preparatory.  In 2008, the school closed due to lack of funding and decreased enrollment.

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. –Marva Collins

Unfortunately due to copyright issues we are unable to add Prince’s “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” video to this article. It is, however, available on the internet with a simple google search.


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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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