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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “relaxes” position of protesters wearing letters

It is no secret that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. put out a statement telling protesters to not wear their letters while protesting (although wearing the colors were okay).

This directive was condemned by members and nonmembers alike, even with those who were on the front line in Ferguson speaking out against it. As a member, this was very sad for me to witness, and yes, I was disappointed.

It seems as if Alpha Kappa Alpha heard the outcry, and responded.

Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has revised their guidelines and changed their stance on wearing letters while protesting. In a letter to members, the sorority’s National President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson stated the following:

“We expect our members to be actively involved in solving the social justice issues raised by those cases. The immediate response throughout the country has been to protest, march, and/or rally. We strongly support and encourage our members’ peaceful and lawful participation in these activities and as such, we issued guidelines for participation in these events.

We do not want to be distracted from our mission of fighting for justice and equality for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Dontre Hamilton, and the countless other young black men across the country victimized by a criminal justice system that places little value in their lives. However, it appears the request to refrain from wearing the sorority’s letters has become a distraction and a distortion of the sorority’s position on these issues that is diverting attention and effort away from the broader fight to secure social justice and reform.

We are therefore relaxing our original position on the wearing of Alpha Kappa Alpha paraphernalia and attire.”

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Shoutout to my soror for pointing this out to me!

And let me say this. Before any of you accuse me of leaking some sorority email meant for private members’ eyes only, please know that this was published on a very public magazine website, Ebony.com.

Don’t come for me.

Anyway.

Sometimes, family disappoints/hurts you. But then they recognize and acknowledge said disappointment and hurt, and work to make things right.

That’s what happened here.

And now, we move forward, for there is more work to be done.

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