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Hall of Fame Index

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Great Lakes Region
Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter

Soror Mildred Bateman was the first African-American woman to be named to a high ranking office in West Virginia state government. In 1962, she became Director of the Department of Mental Health and served in that capacity for fifteen years.  In 1973, Soror Bateman became the first African American woman to serve as Vice President of the American Psychiatric Association and four years later, she was one of four psychiatrists on the President’s Commission on Mental Health, the organization that crafted the Mental Health Systems Act (1980).


n madgett hofGreat Lakes Region
Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Rho Omega Chapters

In the 1960, Soror Naomi Madgett taught the first black literary course in the school district of the City of Detroit, Michigan and from 1968 - 1984, she taught Creative Writing and Black Literature courses at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  In December 2011, Soror Madgett, who has been Detroit’s Poet Laureate, became the first woman to receive the $50,000 Eminent Award from the Kresge Foundation.


c breckinridge hof

Central Region
Eta Mu Omega Chapter

Soror Cora Breckenridge was the first African-American to serve on the Board of Trustees of Indiana University.  Soror Breckenridge also was a member of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2000 – 2012).


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                                                          Far Western Region
Gamma Xi and Theta Mu Omega Chapters

Soror Flora Harlee-Cordett participated in a series of acts of civil disobedience while an undergraduate at St. Augustine’s College in 1961, including sitting in at one of the infamous Woolworth's lunch counters.



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