TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Members and alumnae of the University of Alabama Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter celebrated sisterhood and shared history this weekend to honor their 40th anniversary on campus.
The Theta Sigma Chapter, chartered on April 14, 1974, gathers every five years to celebrate sisterhood and friendship, but this year's commemoration was also marked with the publication of a chapter history book.
"Everyfive years we come back together and we have this event, where sorority sisters givetheir stores of what was going on in different decades," Journet Greene, chairwoman of the 40th anniversary celebration, said. "So we really started tothink, you know, we need to be documenting this."AKA members presented UA President Judy Bonner with a copy of their newly-published history book at a ceremony celebrating the chapter's 40th anniversary on campus. (Melissa Brown/al.com)
The book, titled"40Years atthe Capstone: The Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha'sTimeless Service at The University of Alabama," was presented to UA President Judy Bonner Saturday.
"Welcome back home and congratulations on your 40th anniversary," Bonner said before asking alumnae and current students to sign her copy of the book. "Today you have the opportunity to rekindle the friendships you began as members of this outstanding national sorority."
Greene said the opportunity to get together with former college friends is always much anticipated, but the publication of AKA's history book made this year particularly special.
"It'sgreat to see some of the stories and put faces with names of maybe some sistersyou've heard about but have never met," she said. "I'm really excited to have it, to be ableto reference it and to show it to my daughters."
In deeply personal responses, dozens of former inmates, family members of current inmates and volunteers with prison ministries have given detailed accounts of how their experiences with the facility continue to affect their lives.
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