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File #: 180271    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/22/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/5/2018
Title: Recommending that the United States Postal Service select Alpha Kappa Alpha founder Ethel Hedgeman Lyle for inclusion in its commemorative postage stamp collection.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Sanchez, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 18027100.pdf, 2. Signature18027100.pdf
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Recommending that the United States Postal Service select Alpha Kappa Alpha founder Ethel Hedgeman Lyle for inclusion in its commemorative postage stamp collection.

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WHEREAS, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle was born on February 10, 1887, in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Howard University at a time when few women of color were afforded the opportunity to attain a college education; and

WHEREAS, The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is a national sisterhood founded in 1908 at Howard University, under the leadership of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Other founders included Anna Easter Brown, Beula Elizabeth Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Lavinia Norman, Lucy Diggs Slowe, and Marie Woolfork Taylor; and

WHEREAS, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle and her counterparts were conscious of their unique positions as college-educated women of color, just a half-century removed from the horrific slavery era of American History. With Hedgeman Lyle at the helm, the group of students founded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and dedicated themselves and their new sisterhood to "Service to all Mankind"; and

WHEREAS, Since 1908, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has grown from the founding nine members into an organization of nearly 300,000 sorors at over 1,000 chapters worldwide. True to their founder's mission of "service to all mankind," the sisterhood remains focused on its support of programs aimed at improving community health, education, and human rights, among other issues; and

WHEREAS, Among the many initiatives founded by the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha are several programs related to increasing educational access and attainment. The Educational Advancement Foundation, founded in 1980, is a tax-exempt branch of the sorority dedicated to providing "financial support to individuals and organizations engaged in lifelong learning". Through EAF, Alpha Kappa Alpha has provided more than $200,000 in scholarships to 1,400 students nationwide; and

WHEREAS, In 2017 a...

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