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Theta Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, first Black sorority, participating in Legislative Day

Photo: Pamela Bhatia, Artistic Images

Members of Theta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Rhode Island will be joined by Rep. Raymond Hull, Deputy Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Rep. Jennnifer Stewart, and members of the Black and Latino Caucus for “Having Our Say” Legislative Day at the Rhode Island State Capitol on Tuesday, February 13th.

Their legislative day at the Capitol is aligned with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s history of advocacy and at the cornerstone of their service to the community. Members of Theta Psi Omega Chapter will use this opportunity to connect and hear from our state representatives.  

Collectively they will share perspectives on legislation, particularly House Bill 7243. This legislation would add the requirement that to reach eligibility to serve on a LEOBOR panel, officers would need to have completed a “course of training in police discipline”, and other changes to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. 

The sorority is inviting the community to “join them for this opportunity to actively engage and be heard on Smith Hill. We want the lawmakers to get to know us – we are educators, attorneys, business women and, most importantly, voters, providing a platform for you to actively engage with legislators, voice your concerns, and be a part of shaping policies that impact our community”. 

The Theta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives with a proclamation presented by Speaker Joseph Shekarchi. 

For additional information contact Susan Pires, Chairman of the Connection Committee, (401) 273-4900. 

Founded on January 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was established  as the first Greek-letter organization founded by African-American college women. Through the years, Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown from sixteen trailblazers to an international sisterhood of over 355,000 members with chapters throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Theta Psi Omega chapter was established on October 19, 1969, sixteen tenacious women chartered Theta Psi Omega Chapter in Providence, Rhode Island. Guided by the principles of high scholastic and ethical standards, unity, sisterhood and service to all mankind, Alpha Kappa Alpha continues to carry out the vision of its Founders. Vice President Kamala Harris, author Toni Morrison, and Rosa Parks are among the notable members.

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