The Eta Beta Omega Chapter, the first international chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is now officially reactivated.
Eta Beta Omega Chapter was established in 1957 after a group led by Mrs. Anna E. Cooper petitioned the 1954 Boule (governing body) of AKA for a charter.
Mrs. Cooper, the first dean of the College of Liberia, attended Howard University and in was initiated into the Alpha Chapter of AKA in 1917.
Her love of AKA was manifested in her dream to establish the sorority’s first international chapter in her native Liberia.
Mrs. Cooper engaged the support of other dynamic, professional Liberian women who became loyal members of the organization. Eta Beta Omega remained vibrant up until 1981 when many active members of the organization left Liberia following a change in government. With these developments Eta Beta Omega became inactive.
Eta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was officially reactivated at the 2010 Boule Meeting of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri under the dynamic leadership of Barbara A. McKinzie, President.
During that meeting, special recognition was given to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected president of an African nation and a member of Eta Beta Omega Chapter of AKA since the 1970s.
The newly reactivated organization currently has eighteen members including Sorors Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Genevieve Barrow, Clavenda Bright Parker, Meatta Hage Brown, Pia Brown, Mary Brownell, Florence Chenowith, Candace Eastman, Chiquita Johnson, Ethel Holt Toles, Lisa White, Jenny Bernard, Zoe Davis Traub, Elice Brown, Elizabeth Davis Russell, Jean Bell Manning, Dawn Cooper Barnes, and Ruth Phillips.
The outgoing Acting President of Eta Beta Omega Chapter, Soror Dr. Jean Bell Manning, said that “The 18 members are delighted to collectively engage in activities and services that will help our people in Liberia.”
The National Office of AKA presented US$500,000 to H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to start a project entitled the Omega Market Village located in Paynesville.
According to Soror Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, current President of Eta Beta Omega, “We are moving forward and enthusiastically embracing the ‘Global Leadership through Timeless Service,’ initiatives with programs of excellence.”