Tea-Time with the AKAs

 

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Over 200 guests enjoyed a “tea-rrific” time at the Gospel Brunch Tea sponsored by the local chapter of Alpha Kapp

rate tables, enjoy tea, watch a fashion show, or participate in any number of activities planned by the organization.

 

 

a Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Cobb Community Center. Donned in hats and

 

tea-time attire, these guests enjoyed learning about the history of gospel music, while at the same time enjoying English tea, flavored punch, and fruit, sandwiches, and pastries prepared by the Pine Forest High School’s Culinary Arts Academy.

Members of the sorority decorated their tables with tea-time centerpieces in beautiful spring colors, especially pink and green – the sorority’s colors. The tea itself is an annual chapter component of one of the sorority’s international initiatives, “Family Strengthening.” “It’s an opportunity for families to come together,” said the local AKA chapter president, Cheryl Reeves, “and enj

 

oy brunch and a jubilant program of music, song, and dance.” Members of the AKA mentoring family, the EYL’s (Emerging Young Leaders) served as hostesses and ushers.

In addition to the program’s presenting African-American music from Negro spirituals to contemporary gospel music, the program featured Fallon Roberts Earlington’s Soulful Movement Dance Company performing an interpretive dance and the Reverend and Mrs. Maurice and Marilyn Roland singing songs performed by the historic Fisk Jubilee Singers, of which Reverend Roland was a member when he attended Fisk University in the sixties.

Chairperson Angela McCorvey commissioned musician Drucilla Washington-Thomas to serve as choir director for the numerous

 

vocals, accompanied by what Washington-Thomas calls her posse (“The Posse” – the four-piece band. It was the first time members of the local AKA chapter had come together to perform gospel music, though as fifty-year member Minnie Byrd explained, “Our chapter has always used some of its singers to sing at special chapter occasions, but this is the first time we have had such a large choir singing gospels.” “It was the premier performance of the AKA Gospel Choir of Pensacola,” remarked McCorvey.

“We have very talented women in our sorority,” McCorvey explained, “so it was easy to find singers as well as narrators, musicians, and dancers among us for the special entertainment part of the program.” Though

 

this was the sorority’s first Gospel Brunch Tea, this was the sorority’s fifth “Family Affair Tea,” where sorority members and the community come together and deco

 

As a not-for-profit organization with its roots in leadership and service, the local chapter gave the proceeds of the gospel brunch tea to the HER Foundation. President Cheryl Reeves presented a $3,000 check to CEO and Founder of the HER Foundation, Nancy Bullock-Prevot, on behalf of the sorority. The HER (Honor, Empower, Rebuild) Foundation was founded and established by Bullock-Prevot in August of 2016 as a non-profit organization that focuses on aiding homeless, single female veterans along the Gulf Coast.

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