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Soror Hansonia C. Harriford

Welcome to the Unsung Sorors of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit. When the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded in 1908, America’s black community was being blanketed with ever-expanding laws and practices of segregation. At the same time, the Sorors were part of the “Lift as we climb” efforts of the African American women of the day. Throughout the 20th century, we embraced family, stood up for the community and valued education. These dynamic women broke precedent, grasped opportunity, and continually became “the first” African American, “the first” woman, or “the first “African American woman” to rise in positions across the spectrum of employment. As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement, it is important for us to acknowledge and document the achievements of these sorors. The Boule museum and this online site have the mission of ensuring the inclusion of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority within an inclusive view of Civil Rights history. The museum exhibit intr oduces the subject. The online exhibit gives us the opportunity to continue building the data within the framework established at the museum.

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