The 2023 AKA Juneteenth Jazz Brunch

Standing (L-R) Katrina Barry, Kayleen Powell, Andrea Price, Clara Petty, Azora Sisson-Gorman, Raquel Jones and Desiree McGhee Seated (L to R) Patrice McClellan, Ashleigh Foster, Cheryl Slack, Stacie Sturdivant, and Connie Okoye-Nantwi

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter held a Juneteenth Jazz Brunch program on Saturday June 10 at The Pinnacle and hundreds of guests, many in Afrocentric apparel, enjoyed the jazz stylings of Mike Williams on sax and Nate Hicks while also honoring a half dozen young scholars.

Clara Petty, mistress of ceremony, served as the chair of the program and opened the event by introducing Treva Jeffries-Martin, chapter president, for the welcome, and Cheryl Slack, chaplain, for the prayer/blessing.

The musical sounds of Nate Hicks, entertained guests as brunch was served. Kayleen Powell presented her spoken word opus.

Tracci Johnson, chair of the Scholarship Committee, introduced this year’s recipients: Laila Fitzpatrick, Jones Leadership Academy; Kamari Devalt, Central Catholic High School; Jasmine Shettlewood, Start High School; Kayla Johnson, Sylvania Southview High School; Caitlyn Scott, Toledo School for the Arts. Jordyn Rosales, Toledo Christian High School, was at the state track championships and unable to attend.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated was founded in 1908 while the local chapter was chartered in 1952. The sorority’s mission is to serve the mankind and cultivate high ethical and academic standards among young women.

Zeta Alpha Omega has awarded $170,000 in the last 35 years, and will continue to seek exemplary, qualified high school female students to award scholarships.






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