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This Just In: Michelle Obama Inducted As An Honorary Member Of AKA!

Sunday night (July 13th), it was announced at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Boule (National Convention) that Michelle Obama will be inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  My sources on the scene at the National Convention tell me the ceremony is set to take place this week here in Washington, DC during the Sorority's National Convention festivities. I won't hold it against her since I'm sure it was strictly a timing convenience for which Sorority she would be inducted into since this is the centennial anniversary of the Sorority and the convention is happening this week in DC.  Naw just jokes.  Congrats to Mrs. Obama and congrats to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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hater, AKA is the best !

hater, AKA is the best ! delta sucks ! skee wee.
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[quote comment="139844"]Why

[quote comment="139844"]Why would Ms. Obama - join a sorority (DST)... Look how Delta was founded! Fall 1912 - some member of the sorority attempt to change its name, colors and motto! Nellie Quander believing that these traditions were essential to the long term success of the organization contacts every active member and wins almost 100% support! The disgruntled woman go ahead and find DST! REJECTS... I am so sorry, if you found an organization, and you are not happy, you then make another one.. I just dont get it... therefore, AKA founded DST too![/quote] Before I begin let me state that I am not greek, however I do know something....."REJECTS"? I think not. In fact all twenty two members were members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Also note that the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated wanted to revamp the sorority because they wanted to change the direction of the sorority being based as a social organization. Also I question you as a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Why would you a woman who is supposed to be a lady (and this goes for the other women who bicker about which organization is better) who represents a great organization like yours portray yourself in this manner? NO you were not required to know concrete details of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. but it is a part of your history. I don't get it. Greek or not greek, we are all black women, we are intelligent, we are strong, and we need to support one another. Is that not the purpose of sisterhood? Are you not all connected under through the NPHC? Come on LADIES have more respect for one another (for everyone who is bickering over which is better) don't be so salty. What happened, has happened. Of course you may never agree about the differences because you are two different organizations. Just respect each other and prove to us non-greeks that you are not just an extended clique. I know both sororities do wonderful things nationally and even globally. Honor your founders with respect for one another!
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I have to agree with this

I have to agree with this post below! AKA had dark-skinned founders. I thinks that is a known fact even a Latino Greek knows that- so it was no light or dark skin thang! haters hate hard don't they? Good Job AKA! For the Greeks who are hoping that Michelle Obama decline AKA- I must say you are a fake. How can you ask or even hope she does not get her Letters while to walk around in yours? You say these mean spirited things because she selected AKA- and I think your attitude toward her is pretty weak. Go AKA. Go Michelle. Ok yeah- when do we get to a point where we tell these "already powerful women" what they can and cannot do? What is your problem? Are negative Greeks now the boss of Michelle Obama? I personally think it is good of her to even extend a hand to help other Greeks. I hope she extends her hand to Latino Greeks - we would love to work with you. I am really proud to be Greek now!
Tina's picture

It is sooo appropriate for

It is sooo appropriate for Michelle to be an AKA. AKA has a history of activism including world-wide human rights. Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, etc. She is such an ethical elegant woman. What an AKA. Congratulations AKA - What a year.
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I never comment on blogs, I

I never comment on blogs, I usually read them and keep it pushing. But I couldn’t keep from saying anything today. Let me start by saying Congrats to The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha for seeing the greatness that Mrs. Obama represents. However, it will forever amaze me the humility the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta represent. Not once did I see a lady of DiSTention stoop to the level of saying hatful remarks about Mrs. Obama becoming a AKA (even though its not official yet). Because we don’t need to hate for what!!! Yes I will give it to you the ladies of AKA where the first black all female organization. But you weren’t not the first black all female organization dedicated to change and the empowerment of African Americans as a whole. Let’s not forget why my founders walked out in the first place. So YES to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha thank you for starting something and to the intelligent 22 thank you for finishing what they started out to do. So I know I cannot change how Greek women interact but can we please at least pretend to have some couth
Destined's picture

if this was before, 1970,

if this was before, 1970, Michelle Obama would of never been an AKA. When Howard University started accepting students they had the paper brown test, and AKA just started letting brown and darker ladies join their organization… The paper bag test was real.. My grandma is an AKA from Howard, and if you look at all the AKA pics from 1970 and 1908.. You did not even see on dark girl. Oh well.. good for Michelle…. tHE PERSON WHO WROTE THAT IS CLEARLY INCREDIBLY STUPID. FIRSTLY SOME OF THE AKA FOUNDERS AND SOPHOMORES WERE BROWN AND DARKSKINNED..LIKE ANNA EASTER BROWN AND LUCY DIGGS SLOWE...gOSH FREAKING iDIOTS LIKE YOU MAKE ME SO MAD...AnD NO i AM NOT dARK SKIN OR bROWN SKINNED IM LIGHT SKINNED AND iM A ZETA..mY SISTER IS VERY DARK SKINNED AND SHE IS A pRETTY GIRL WEARS HER 20 PEARLS PROUDLY SHE WORKED HARD FOR IT (nO PAPER IN THHIS FAM WE SAVE TREES)...yES AT ONE TIME IN SOME SOUTHERN CHAPTERS THE PAPER BAG TESTS WERE USED..AND FOR YOUR INFO AKA, AND DELTAS USE IT..(THE CHAPTERS THAT MOSTLY INCLUDED MEMBERS OF THE bLACK UPPER CLASS) iF YOU ARE IN THE bLACK UPPER CLASS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE SORORITIES ARE AKA N DST..SO THATS WHAT THE PAPER BAG TEST WAS ABOUT...AKA N DST NEED TO STOP THE FIGHTING YOU BOTH ARE ONE IN THE SAME LIKE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER...AND PLEASE TRY TO REMEMBER THE HISTORY YOU LEARNED WHEN YOU PLEDGED..IF YOU PLEDGED! LOL
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Attention, Attention...

Attention, Attention... Michelle has NOT been inducted into AKA (check their Natl Webpage), so why all the fuss??? Apparently, she feels her membership will be "non-exclusive" because of her respect of all the sororities, which may be the reason why she has yet to be inducted. I can, however see her point. She is about to make history as the first AA first-lady and she can do more good by helping ALL sororities DST, ZPB, SGRho, instead of siding with just one. At this point in her life, that would really make no sense as there is no true benefit for her. Plus, if she REALLY in her HEART OF HEARTS wanted to be an AKA, she would have done so by now- she LITERALLY lives down the street from the AKA headquarters as they are in the same neighborhood!!! Not hating on the AKAs pledge process... but trust that "making the time to pledge" was not an issue...... So, instead of going back and forth about whose sorority is best and arguing over Michelle Obama, congrats SHOULD be extended to the 4 ladies who have officially been inducted (no mention of those people.....*shaking head)
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Skeeeee Weeeee to my new

Skeeeee Weeeee to my new soror Michelle Obama and all of my sorors who have posted. To all of you with the negative comments ... Hi Hater, Hi Hater!
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AKA2tude, you need to

AKA2tude, you need to understand that I'm so not concerned with AKA's history, and was ONLY responding to YOUR soror who was very concerned with our incorporation. Bitter is something I'm definitely NOT, I love my sorority,as I am sure you love yours. However it's amazing for me to hear AKA's claim that my sorority would not have existed without them? The platform in which each sorority was founded speaks volumes about their total existence. As far as you claiming that we get "nasty", scroll up and really decipher which sorority is being "nasty". From calling other sorors "not pretty enough", to attempting to make other sororities feel inferior and calling others "perps"...you ladies have covered every form of nastiness.
Irritated's picture

Irritated, Please explain why

Irritated, Please explain why you are so upset? As far as history is concerned, AKA history is DST history. That is a fact. Without AKA there would be no DST. Why is it that there are so many BITTER women of DST on this thread (I do not think all DST women are bitter)? I know many wonderful women of ALL orgs, and I know some that ain't worth nothing. Those are personal traits, not sorority traits. If all my sorors are conceited, stuck up, and our only claim to fame is being pretty,then why do you care? Just because we don't broadcast each and every accomplishment doesn't mean we don't have them. It is called modesty. I have nothing negative to say about DST. 22 women decided that AKA was not for them and they started their own group. That should be the end of it. Our process does not concern you, so what do you care for? It is no reason to be upset, or irritated. As far as taking the time to research, who cares? do u know EVERY detail of my org? NOPE and I don't expect you to. I get so sick and tired of DST members ragging on AKAs...Most of the negative comments on the thread are from DST members. WHY? Why do some of you feel that you have to go out of your way to be NASTY? Alpha Kappa Alpha women work HARD in the community just like DST women. SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM??? I love pink you love crimson...they are the same color, just different shades. LET IT GO LADIES
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SO IRRITATED I HAD TO TYPE IT

SO IRRITATED I HAD TO TYPE IT TWICE!!!!
Irritated's picture

Pearlflection, MY soror DOES

Pearlflection, MY soror DOES know her history, the problem is that YOU don't. Why you're sooo concerned is a mystery to me. Under NO circumstances would I take the time to research your sorority to attempt to prove your soror wrong or for any other reason for that matter. Since you're soooo interested in DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INCORPORATED here's lesson number 1: OUR sorority WAS INCORPORATED in 1913 and this incorporation was redefined in 1930. So before you start challenging sorors from DIFFERENT sororities KNOW THEIR HISTORY! Also, go beyond our national website to find it (I must warn you....it's going to take MORE than a WEEKEND for it come together).
Irritated's picture

Pearlflection, my soror does

Pearlflection, my soror does know her history, the problem is that YOU don't. Why you're soooo concerned is very strange to me. There would be no reason for me to check what you and your sorors say about your history unless I was trying to be petty and childish. Sice you're SOO interested in OUR beloved DST here's lesson number 1: Our sorority WAS incorporated in 1913 and this incorporation was redefined in 1930. So before you start being "no your history patrol woman", please know what YOU'RE talking about!
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Shorty Lo- are u a

Shorty Lo- are u a perp????? DST was incorporated in 1930.....Not 1913.....tsk tsk tsk..Do you know your history??????
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Shorty Lo- Actually....in

Shorty Lo- Actually....in 1913 AKA was there marching along with DST for Women's Sufferage.....Look at it this way....All 4 sororities want the same thing......we just have different ways of achieving it. We all have pride in our orgs and think we made the best choice.....DST is the best choice for u.....AKA is the best for me. Jealousy comes from wanting what someone else has. No member who made the choice for themselves should be jealous. You don't want my AKA, and I don't want your DST.....don't entertain that BS that people try to start. You don't even know if that person is even a real soror.
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What is all of the fussing

What is all of the fussing about????? There is no reason to bash another orgs. Why can't evryone be happy about the decision that MRS OBAMA made for HERSELF????? SHE chose to accept the invitation. For each greek woman on this thread, we each had the same choice that Mrs Obama has, and for whatever reason we selected the org that was best for us. I am an AKA because that is the org that I identified with. I have many homegirls that rock the CRIMSON and CREAM beause that is what speaks to their heart. If FINER WOMANHOOD is what is important to you, the blue and white is the route for you....SGRho has a special place in my heart for breaking barriers and being founded in 1922 on a white campus.......Let's acknowledge the GREATNESS in ALL of our orgs and respect that we all have a choice to join the org thatis best for us as individuals. When I fell in love with AKA, I made a lifetime commitment for ME......Not for anyone one else on this thread or in my life. Let's respect the choice that she has or has not made and move on.....SHE has chosen AKA for her OWN PERSONAL reasons..... It is really sad that someone would suggest that this was done for the centennial- She could have simply declined if that is what she wanted to do. Plus being an AKA does not mean she cannot support other orgs. I am financial in my chapter, but I support every greek org in my area without being a member. I proudly support DST events wearing my PINK and GREEN!!!!!.... WAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKEEEEEEEE UPPPPPPPPP!!!!!! PEOPLE!!!!
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I see my comment was taken

I see my comment was taken down...that was classy, Natasha.
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Wow, after reading these

Wow, after reading these comments I' am a bit shocked at all the negative attacks and hatred things each groups are saying about one another. I know for those who pledge are loyal and proud of your soro but there is no need to tear one each other down. I thought being Greek was about sisterhood and helping our community no matter what our letters happen to be. let's not loose site of them and remember to build ourselves up and be pround no matter what letters we represent, because half of these agruments are petty.
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[quote

[quote comment="140176"][quote comment="139767"]Ms. Obama is a great high profile candidate to claim. We, the ladies of DST, tend to be more selective. We have historically inducted honorary members with an established and significant legacy, not those who are high profile at the time of convention. Congratulations to AKA and M. Obama...whatever works for you.[/quote] I love it when Deltas are jealous. They will say anything to soothe their bruised egos. You have been following in "our" footsteps for 95 years and all you have to say is more of the same. You are nothing more than angry former sorors. Please go live your life with your second choice of DST and be happy...if you can.[/quote] Why would Deltas be jealous? We were Founded and Incorporated, as a sorority in the same year, 1913. Can you say the same about your Founding and Incorporation? If we are following in your footsteps, why weren't you marching down Pennsylvaina Avenue during the Women's Suffrage March in 1913? True, my Founders were members of your sorority however, they had a desire to Change and Change is what they did, thus Delta Sigma Theta was born. Since its inception there has been only One Choice and it is Delta Sigma Theta.
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Uh ohh did I spell wright

Uh ohh did I spell wright right? :-) My bad!
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CannotHelpButWonder On Jul

CannotHelpButWonder On Jul 14, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Reply | Quote To all of you college-bred young women and men, Please, please, please! Before you post comments in open forums, learn to spell simple words and compose simple sentences. Michelle Obama being inducted as an honorary aka is small beans compared to the numbers of college educated folks that don’t know the proper usage of the words “to,” “too,” and “two” (Mister A-Phi-A I’m talking to you here). The words “your” and “you’re” have entirely different meanings, and they are not related. A complete sentence must have a subject, predicate, and a verb. I know they teach these things in elementary school. I cannot understand how you can write college-level papers and not know these things! People, we’ve got to do better! O.k., Mr. Cannont Help But Wonder...first of all most of us have jobs and have to type really fast. I type about 70 wpm and yeah some of it is a little off. It is not like this is a college exam. These are just comments we have to obviously make while on the job at a fast past. Don't read too much into the spelling dude cause this is not a spelling bee. I made pretty good grades in college despite the fact that i also partied a little too much. And if you have time to sit and type each word write here and there then you need to get a job and do something with your life.
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[quote

[quote comment="141573"][quote comment="140468"][quote comment="139924"][quote comment="139706"][quote comment="139573"]I guess since I decided not to go that route back in my college days... I really don't understand the significance of this...not like she needed the affiliation to network or to be a public servant...and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't AKA actually a social organization?[/quote] Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a SERVICE organization sweetie. That is all...[/quote] Wow...and now I realized why I decided NOT to go that route...SWEETIE.[/quote] Well everyone can't go that way sooooooo.... And YOU correct me if I'm wrong but, point of clarification... Did you not ask a question in your post? A question is a statement followed by a question mark. For example: I quote: "...and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't AKA actually a social organization?" Therefore since I answered your question, the appropriate reply would have been to say is THANK YOU. But if you didn't intend to get an answer to your question... a simple period at the end of your INCORRECT statement would have sufficed. That is all...[/quote] If people in your organization want to stop being called "shallow," stop calling yourself pretty girls. If you are truly beautiful, you don't need to call yourself "pretty." As a hard-working, true member of AKA, you should be the MOST offended by honorary members taking all the clout of your organization. Also, compared to other D9 organizations, 150 honorary members is a lot. Before going to college, I knew a lot of lovely AKA members, but when I got on campus, I learned witnessed the image put out by members and I was appalled. Maybe there is a disconnect between new members and old members. Nevertheless, NO, an AKA cannot tell another AKA because I am a Zeta and I have been mistaken many times, including by my AKA mentor at work when we first met. I find AKAs to be intimidated by beautiful, smart, capable women in other sororities & non-greeks who could care less about AKAs. The younger members of AKA that I know are insecure and petty (not pretty). The pretty members are stuck-up & out of the 30, 60, and 100+ plus groups that cross- be serious- not many are still active and financial and virtually none learn their history or their line sisters names. But I could be wrong, maybe Michelle Obama learned a whole lot of history before "accepting her invitation." LOL[/quote] Sweetheart we'll stop calling ourselves "Pretty Girls" when you and YOUR sorors stop branding the BabyPhat symbol on your bodies. You do know the the BabyPhat symbol is trademarked right? Now runteldat! Yuck! "Finer womanhood" indeed! All of our orgs have inactive, letter wearing members so what's new?! It's a shame but it's the reality. Stop worrying about what's going on in Alpha Kappa Alpha and start worrying more about why a former candidate for National President of your org is taking your sorority to court because she lost the race to Sheryl Underwood. <---Tail of a line of 19 *check* <---A financial card carrying, hardworking member of my beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha since I was crossed those sands... *check check* <---Just so happens to be a damn good looking woman *check* Next time do better and try not to use stereotypes that all the D9 orgs have had to battle for years. You're college educated, right? You do know what a stereotype is, right? And you have a great day! That is all...
APrettyGirl's picture

Yet again I know Im

Yet again I know Im late... It is so sad that people are still having this AKA/Delta debate after 95 years!! Lets squash this once and for all! We all think each others sorority is better than the other and that is never gonna change. If you have to downgrade my prestigious organization to make you feel better about your own than I feel sorry that you made the wrong choice! Some of yall citing membership into these sororities and can't even produce a finacial card to save your life!! Has it ever occured to anyone that maybe Mrs. Obama actually wanted to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Or maybe since the AKA's were the only organization to speak out defending Mrs. Obama, She felt we truly exemplified sisterhood and decided to join. I welcome Michelle Obama to my glorious sorority with an open arms!!! My sorority inducted her because she exemplies all that we stand for high scholastics, high ideals, and service to all mankind!! SKEEE-WEEE Mrs. Obama *** See not one negative comment about any of my D9 sistergreeks***
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I am in total shock. I cannot

I am in total shock. I cannot believe that Alpha Kappa Alpha would extend membership to Mrs. Obama ONLY because there is a chance that she might be the first black first lady. It seems that everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon. if they really wanted her, why haven't they asked her years ago..before she was mrs Obama - future first lady...I guess their timing is right because they waited until the 100th year celebration to do it......she must doesn't know that membership is EXCLUSIVE
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[quote

[quote comment="140468"][quote comment="139924"][quote comment="139706"][quote comment="139573"]I guess since I decided not to go that route back in my college days... I really don't understand the significance of this...not like she needed the affiliation to network or to be a public servant...and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't AKA actually a social organization?[/quote] Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a SERVICE organization sweetie. That is all...[/quote] Wow...and now I realized why I decided NOT to go that route...SWEETIE.[/quote] Well everyone can't go that way sooooooo.... And YOU correct me if I'm wrong but, point of clarification... Did you not ask a question in your post? A question is a statement followed by a question mark. For example: I quote: "...and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't AKA actually a social organization?" Therefore since I answered your question, the appropriate reply would have been to say is THANK YOU. But if you didn't intend to get an answer to your question... a simple period at the end of your INCORRECT statement would have sufficed. That is all...[/quote] If people in your organization want to stop being called "shallow," stop calling yourself pretty girls. If you are truly beautiful, you don't need to call yourself "pretty." As a hard-working, true member of AKA, you should be the MOST offended by honorary members taking all the clout of your organization. Also, compared to other D9 organizations, 150 honorary members is a lot. Before going to college, I knew a lot of lovely AKA members, but when I got on campus, I learned witnessed the image put out by members and I was appalled. Maybe there is a disconnect between new members and old members. Nevertheless, NO, an AKA cannot tell another AKA because I am a Zeta and I have been mistaken many times, including by my AKA mentor at work when we first met. I find AKAs to be intimidated by beautiful, smart, capable women in other sororities & non-greeks who could care less about AKAs. The younger members of AKA that I know are insecure and petty (not pretty). The pretty members are stuck-up & out of the 30, 60, and 100+ plus groups that cross- be serious- not many are still active and financial and virtually none learn their history or their line sisters names. But I could be wrong, maybe Michelle Obama learned a whole lot of history before "accepting her invitation." LOL
Alisha's picture

How is calling members of

How is calling members of Alpha Kappa Alpha "superficial" hating? That is the image that the members put out of themselves. I have been an avid supporter of Obama & campaign contributor, but frankly this makes me SICK to my stomach & I will not contribute another dollar. AKA's practice of putting down other women's physical appearance & overall stuck-up attitudes simply makes me sick. I am an active, financial member of Zeta Phi Beta and one of my fav things about Mrs. Obama was that she was unaffiliated. This is a huge mistake. I wonder if she's checked their history? Most of those women that are claim as doing so much are all honorary members who were successful before. AKA does not build women up- it tears non-members down & claims women who are already successful. In my book, she is now officially skee-WEAK.
Alisha's picture

[quote comment="140541"]Whats

[quote comment="140541"]Whats up with all the ridiculousness?? If you are congratulating just say that! All the extra is so unnecessary. I am amazed at the sheer numbers of haters in this world. DAMN![/quote] I could not agree more. The congratulations are just veiled attack attempts. What I can't understand is why all the bashing? If you are happy with the choice you made; then do you! Quit worrying about what another organization is doing or who they are inducting. Especially if you are not active. If you have that much time and energy, I am sure your respective org would love the extra help. I love AKA, would not trade it for the world, but I am so much more than three letters and two colors. There are people with negative attributes in ALL nine BGLOs, so to insinuate that AKA is the only one with undesirables would be such a fabrication.
cAndyKAne's picture

I don't understand where all

I don't understand where all the hate is coming from. Every organization has honorary members including fraternities. More importantly every organization has been turned down by someone that they have asked to join. Just a couple of years ago, Halle Berry turned down Delta Sigma Theta's offer for membership. We should Just congratulate the organization Michelle choose and move on, b/c everything else sounds like hate and we (African American women) already receive enough of that from other races and our own men.
Vivian's picture

I am a proud Member of Zeta

I am a proud Member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, and personally I could careless of which organization has welcomed her. We are all members of the Divine 9 so therefore she is a part of us! Ladies and Sistahs we must be better than that. If she can get in there and do what she has to do to get the job done, then so be it. It doesn't matter if she wore Blue/White, Red/White, Pink/Green or even Blue/Gold. As an African American woman I am proud. Thank you Michelle!
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I guess since I decided not

I guess since I decided not to go that route back in my college days… I really don’t understand the significance of this…not like she needed the affiliation to network or to be a public servant…and correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t AKA actually a social organization? I guess to each her own. When I was on campus all I ever saw the AKA's do was flip their nose up and try to pick all the cute girls to induct in their Sorority. I was approached too, but I looked at the substance of Delta and once I realized what Delta stood for and what they accomplished....it was a no brainer. Yes AKA's were the first, an actual copy of A-Phi-A but as girls. And half of the AKA's executive board realized that they needed a change and thus Delta was formed. I can never be a part of anything snobbish who think everyone hates on them. Just be yourself, there are very beautiful people in all the Sororities and around the world. To single yourself out as so arrogant is lame. AKA's would be liked more if they didn't push their snobby ways all in your face, come on now, since when does an arrogant person look good on the inside and out? I just wished it were not like that and more about community service like the Delta's. Nevertheless, we Delta's don't pick legacy and we don't play games or think we are too cute. We are down to business and surround ourselves with community service individuals with goals and grades. So there is nothing proud of being too proud, no matter who you are. Oh and Delta's are never ghetto just cause the can step! Most black families in the 60's and 70's come from the ghetto, lets not act like we don't know.
Eboni Brown's picture

Well I must say that the

Well I must say that the SORORS can't win them all, plus we cant hog the spotlight all the time!! OO-OOP!!!
DST DEUCE DIVA's picture

Definitely think he should

Definitely think he should have been an SGRho. Was it not our founders to fought adversity in a predominately white environment to bring about CHANGE?! And our organization who continues to beat adversity after being unfairly dubbed the "underdogs"? "Greater Service, Greater Progress"!! Or shit, I would've rather seen her an honorary Delta. They at least seem to be about business. I agree with the last two posts and the whole idea of certain groups forgetting their ideals and making opportunist moves.
Pretty Poodle #2's picture

Definitely think he should

Definitely think he should have been an SGRho. Was it not our founders to fought adversity in a predominately white environment to bring about CHANGE?! And our organization who continues to beat adversity after being unfairly dubbed the "underdogs"? "Greater Service, Greater Progress"!! Or shit, I would've rather seen her an honorary Delta. They at least seem to be about business. I agree with the last two posts and the whole idea of certain groups forgetting their ideals and making opportunist moves.
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Siddity08 wrote: Kizzy

Siddity08 wrote: Kizzy wrote: Salma Rice wrote: let me ask all you a question! Fairly attractive.. not drop dead gourgeous… long hair, slim, popular and very very smart… which sorority would you pledge????? Let me ask you another question, if you went to Howard, Spelman, Yale or Harvard.. what Sorority would you plegge? If you were confident you would pledge AKA….why.. because you would pledge the sorority that looks like you…AKA’s always look good.. hair is always done, nails are always done! manicure and pedicure… i love people calling me pretty girls.. stuck up.. smart girls.. prissy girls I would not want to be called other names.. for the dst and zpb and sgr.. i just wouldnt I really feel in my heart that any one pledges sigma gamma rho or zeta are rejected from AKA or Delta… I just dont get why would anyone in their right mind will pledge the other two…. I think people peldge delta, because they are not prissy, more masc… Just My Opionion can you really see michelle in any other sorority…. NOPE AKA19081stand Foremost….. all the orignal memebers dropped out and formed another sorority…. dst.. if you pledged delta, and you did not like what it stood for, would you create a new sorority…duh See I came on this site to big you ladies of AKA up…but after reading this mess- I see SOME of you are still brown-paper-bag-bimbos. *Sigh* Nevertheless, congrats to AKA and a happy hundred I mean that sincerely. And while on the subject of PAPER (lol)…I got offered membership into your organization- but chose otherwise. “Any GIRL can be pretty, hell look at me- but it takes a FINER WOMAN to rep Z-Phi-B”. You should be a comedian. No one goes from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to Zeta. No one, at least not in their right mind or self-esteem. Furthermore, we NEVER ask for members- your cousin or aunt does not count, love. Why should we when we are the first and the best? Nothing else matters. Actually I AM in my right mind and self esteem. So much that I don’t have to LEAN ON a sorority’s sterotypes or image to define who I am. I just feel that you and your soror are trying too hard to be rude to people. Most AKA’s that I know are not like you two. Most have a life. That being said, I’m outie xoxo, Kizzy And P.S. sweetie- it was not a relative. I love your green top on your profile pic.. maybe - next time you can wear something royal blue and pure white.. and leave the bright pretty girls colors to us. SKEE WEE
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Taken from the Washington

Taken from the Washington Post Swamp Blog: Michelle Obama hearts AKA but... Posted July 15, 2008 9:33 AM by Christi Parsons Michelle Obama says she'll be proud to be an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the black sorority holding its centennial celebrations in DC this week. But the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wants to make sure people know that accepting AKA's invitation doesn't mean she'd rule out others. "Because of her respect for each of the historically black sororities and fraternities, her membership is non-exclusive," says Katie McCormick Lelyveld, Michelle Obama's spokeswoman. "She looks forward to working with all of them to help bring change to their communities." Michelle knows what's up. She would be foolish to limit herself to just the AKAs. It was an opportunist move on behalf of the organization (I see nothing has changed in 100 years...) and she recognizes that. Natasha can't say it, but I can.
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Well this news is very nice!

Well this news is very nice! Since a Delta was the first black woman to run for president, how cute is it to let the AKA be the wife of the person running for president...not the actual candidate. I'm not saying...I'm just saying ;)
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MRS. OBAMA AND HER FAMILY IS

MRS. OBAMA AND HER FAMILY IS THE BIZZZNEEESSSS! I LOVE THEM, THEY SET GOOD EXAMPLES FOR EVERY HOUSE HOLD.
PINKGIRLY's picture

First and foremost, congrats

First and foremost, congrats to AKA. Mrs. Obama is such an example of a strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman, and it is an honor and privilege for any organization to have her become a part of it. Although it is not her sole responsibility, but I, too, hope that she provides a new perspective within the organization. I am a "member" of AKA...just not active anymore. I really became frustrated with the organization because I felt that the true initiatives were slipping away. Our older sorors have been keeping the torch lit, but I see that flame dimming more every day. I don't have bad words to say, just that I hope the true mission of service continues to be at the forefront of everyone's minds and agendas. But for old times sake....SKKKKKEEEEEEEE WWWWEEEEEEE Soror Michelle and welcome!! :-)
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Michelle Obama is a fabulous

Michelle Obama is a fabulous individual!! I hope she joined for the right reasons and that she will continue her philanthropic efforts with AKA and beyond. 2 b continued... real women wear 10 pearls and 2 rubies SGRho
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I love the AKA.. any woman

I love the AKA.. any woman with A Killer Ass is good to go.
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Correction: she will not be

Correction: she will not be inducted Tuesday with the other honoraries due to scheduling but has accepted WashingtonPost.com: The induction of the wife of Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee, will not take place during this week's convention, McKinzie said. Details have not yet been set. Among those being inducted tomorrow are Rutgers University basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and Wangari Muta Maathai, the Kenyan environmental and political activist who is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Though the organization said she will not be at the ceremony.
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I must say that these

I must say that these negative comments are rediculous. In particular any reference to a paper bag test is moot. History demonstrates that many universities including Howard University had issues with skin color. My point being that AKA is not the only organization that shares a history of discriminating against people because of their hue. All organizations share that distinction. Secondly, this whole "this is just opportunism by AKA" is a bit much...I hope all of you, made this much of a stink when DST invited Halle Berry shortly after her oscar win to join their sorority via honorary membership, and she declined. The truth is, is that all organizations who participate in honorary membership routinely evaluate new members, AKA is no different. Third, to put it in perspective there are over 200,000 ladies who have taken the of of membership of AKA, there are less than 150 honorary members in a 100 year history of the sorority. 150 out of 200,000. That sounds pretty selective to me. If every actually did their research before posting pointless and obvious hateful comments, peopl would realize this. Finally, People reall need to wake up. Despite all of the rediculous comments, by so many on this blog, The reality is that these organizations have been working TOGETHER for a very long time. Rational people would understand this concept. Unity that is ...
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I was at the Public Meeting

I was at the Public Meeting at Boule yesterday. Anyone that was there in the room when it was announced could not have missed it because the room was in an uproar....initially because folks presumed that Barack himself would be there to accept an award given to him. Instead a letter was read from Barack thanking them for the award, congratulating them for the 100 years of accomplishments and thanking them for inviting Michelle to be an honorary member. She is scheduled to be inducted tomorrow. It is final and she has accepted.
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Congrats welcome to the

Congrats welcome to the Phrist Family. Phrist Family for the future First Lady Amen. Skeee Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....
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Skee Wee, Sorors! and

Skee Wee, Sorors! and greetings to all else: its so true that a Soror knows another Soror just from the presence and the way she carries herself. I already thought she was, honestly, but I am happy to see SHE MADE THE DECISION to accept. To those that are not members but are still congratulating her, thank you. (I speak for me alone) And for those of you that are blinded by the light... to each is own! But obviously, I'M TICKLED PINK! WHILE YOU ARE GREEN WITH ENVY!!!
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Whats up with all the

Whats up with all the ridiculousness?? If you are congratulating just say that! All the extra is so unnecessary. I am amazed at the sheer numbers of haters in this world. DAMN!
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[quote comment="139688"]Now

[quote comment="139688"]Now this is the first time I've ever looked at Michelle with a questionable crooked eye. Weren't they just "recruiting" Hillary Clinton? But congrats to her?! Anyway, 1-9-1-3 shout out to my sorors! Oooo-ooop![/quote] I was thinking about that Hilary thing and she said no because you have to be exclusive.
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To all of you college-bred

To all of you college-bred young women and men, Please, please, please! Before you post comments in open forums, learn to spell simple words and compose simple sentences. Michelle Obama being inducted as an honorary aka is small beans compared to the numbers of college educated folks that don't know the proper usage of the words "to," "too," and "two" (Mister A-Phi-A I'm talking to you here). The words "your" and "you're" have entirely different meanings, and they are not related. A complete sentence must have a subject, predicate, and a verb. I know they teach these things in elementary school. I cannot understand how you can write college-level papers and not know these things! People, we've got to do better!
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Those of you are hating,

Those of you are hating, remember Deltas, your founders were AKAs. I think it's AWESOME that Michelle will become an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,Inc.
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Miss ANN On Jul 14, 2008 at

Miss ANN On Jul 14, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Reply | Quote I’m just kinda shocked at what I have read. All 4 sororities have honorary members (women who are prominant in the community, the nation and the world but who may not be accessible to be invited -AKA- or to try to become members by submission-DST and maybe others). Honorary membership is a special honor that is presented to women who have been screened carefully and are seen fit to represent the organization. In our (AKA) case, the invitation is extended carefully and formally and the invited party has the option to accept or decline membership. Point of clarity, AKAs have prominent honorary and initiated members along with DST, ZphiB, and SGRho and don’t get me started on the fraternities. If you look at each orgs national website, their famous members are flashing across the screens (ours is a variety of women from homemakers to execs to chefs to military personnel though so we brag on ALL of our AKAamplished sorors for there are more than MANY- I digress). I don’t understand why the honorary invitation is troubling so many people. The invited party has to accept which means she wants us as much as we want her. The thing with AKA is that after undergrad, you can’t just walk up and try to become a member- you MUST be invited on all levels so the graduate membership process mirrors the honorary process in lots of ways. we all have a great number of inactive/non-financial sorors. they are known as letter wearers and I personally know some in every organization so stop acting like just AKAs have this problem. I also have to make it clear that Soror Sheila Jackson Lee (prominent Clinton supporter) was hard pressing the issue for Hillary Clinton. That was not a globally shared ides. Period. Completely different story with Michelle Obama. She personifies AKA and many people thought she was a member just on perception a long time before the invitation was issued. She does look great in red but AKAs look great in EVERYTHING so touche. I am an active financial member and I take great offense in the comments that paint us as merely shallow and social. Really? I have a bachelor’s degree and TWO (count them) MBAs. I’m a six-figured exec and no dummies get to where I am- trust. I have worked my beautiful butt off for this organization and our service is superior…no matter how much it is played down by other entities. The paper bag thing is history. The same method has been used to be accepted into schools and into the workforce in the past. I do not agree with that but it is merely a glitch in history. All members of the D9 have them. There are 25+ year and 50+ year members that are extremely dark. I have met these members - which kinda disproves many superficial theories of the sorority overall. I won’t even get on the guys who get on here and bash the sorority. It’s a sorority (which means REAL men shouldn’t catch so many feelings about what’s going on with it- FRATERNITIES are for MEN). That make you look super gay- STOP IT! Michelle Obama will choose what she feels best suits her. We should be happy for her and stop hating. I also want the readers here to notice where the majority of the hate is coming from. That’s just the way it is. Some things never change….. and whoever that is that wants to forward Essence articles…I have some articles of my own on a certain sorority that was referred to as an “organized gang” by the police investigating their activities that led to arrests, criminal charges and sorority expulsions…let’s not play that way.. uum k? Preach Soror!
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