Jul 30, 2009



Although I do not usually comment on active litigation or the allegations raised in that litigation, I am compelled to speak publicly at this time. The allegations in a recent lawsuit against AKA leaders are without merit.

The most outlandish misrepresentation is the so-called $900,000 wax figure of me. That amount was allocated by the AKA Board of Directors to help defray overall expenses for our 2010 convention.

Two new wax figures - one of me as president at the time of the centennial and one of our first international president - were purchased for a total of $45,000 by the Centennial Boule Hostess Chapters - not the national organization - to complement the wax figure of our founder created in 1996.

Under its new leadership, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) has enforced stringent financial standards as part of a professionalization of our organization, which is comprised of more than 260,000 members in more than 950 chapters worldwide.
Accounting and budgetary practices have been tightened, erasing past IRS liabilities and cost overruns.

Change never comes easy. The malicious allegations leveled against AKA by former leaders are based on mischaracterizations and fabrications not befitting our ideals of sisterhood, ethics and service.
Further allegations about personal use of AKA funds are false and unsupported by the organization's audited books. All expenses were consistent with furthering AKA's mission.

As part of the professionalization of the organization and in accordance with AKA's Constitution and Bylaws, the Board of Directors authorized a stipend for the president. The Board is the elected governing body of the organization.
AKA regrets that it has been put in the position where comments are expected about ongoing litigation. The Sorority understands the litigation process and will not try to subvert or circumvent it. Nevertheless, AKA and its leadership are proud of its successes and look forward to advising its membership and the public of its continuing successes.

We are committed to continuing this course of maintaining the financial integrity of our proud organization to serve the best interest of our members and advance our mission.



  1. This is why I have not been active for years. Whether the president embezzled money from the sorority or not, spending money on a boule for 2010 when the rest of the country is tightening its belt is mindless and irresponsible. In an economy where young people need money to attend college, where brothers and sisters are losing their jobs left and right, we can justify spending thousands of dollars on a boule? And AKA isn't the only organization guilty. It is this type of thinking that keeps our communities in consumer mode where we produce very little if anything. In the words of Bill Cosby, "C'mon people!"

    The Millionaire next door

  2. Soror,

    I completely agree that organizatons should watch mindless spending, especially in the wake of a deteriorating economy. But why take your frustratrion out on the Sorority by not being active? As you know, our organization is nothing without its members. If you have ideas to contribute on how we can move in a better direction, why not reactivate? I hate to see my Sorors "fall off" because they have issues with national leadership.


  3. Savvy Sista, Soror Barbara is the former President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

  4. It should be noted that this letter was written earlier this summer [I believe] long before these latest findings were released. This is not a recent response for Barbara McKinzie. At this time she probably has no valid response to make.