“Precious Gems Ready for the World” Alpha Kappa Alpha  Introduces 2020 Rites of Passage Initiates During Virtual Ceremony

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gamma Phi Omega Chapter, blossomed its “Precious Gems Ready for the World” with a virtual Rites of Passage ceremony  took place on October 16. The lovely young ladies, the initiates, dressed in African attire,  participated in an African pre-adulthood ritual. Their parents ceremoniously presented them to the community with maternal-daughter expressions and gifts. 

The 2020 initiates are: 

Timesha Austin (Andriertte) 

Theresa Banks (Mara) 

Kamya Cox (Ziemba) 

Kierra Cox (Ziemba) 

Camryn Davis (Arjana)

Kendell Jelks (Audre) 

Na’Kya McCann (Alika) 

Sydney Robinson (Safara) and 

Angela Samuel (Malaika). 

The virtual evening included AKA participants: the elder Patricia Baxter, Libation Giver Elayne Foster, special poem Sydney Johnson, Nija Libation by Tracy N. Garner , 

SABUTI Dance Performance by  the initiates, directed by Janet Barnes and  Instrumental Solo Joel Nicholas

Janet Barnes was chairman for the Rites of Passage. Other committee participants were: Lori Adams-Mabry, Rev. Lillian Davis-Wilson, Sharon Amos, Josephine Cross, Hattie McCarley, Juanita Hunter, Denise Cobbs, and Carolyn Malone. Ottilie M. Woodruff and Teena M. Jones are respectively President and Vice-president. 

Honorary chairman, the late Carmita Akawumi, created the original Rites of Passage program