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Fort Worth Flashback: Alpha Kappa Alpha uplifts the community it serves

Posted March 11, 2013

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In honor of _ _Women’s History Month_, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women in our city’s history._

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908. There were nine founders who took advantage of their privileged position as college-educated women of color to make their college experiences as meaningful and productive as possible.

The Fort Worth chapter, Beta Mu Omega, was the dream of 13 women who chartered the chapter on May 2, 1936, at the home of Ethel Brackeen Long.

Since its inception, Beta Mu Omega has provided numerous humanitarian services, volunteer hours and financial contributions for the betterment of Fort Worth. Projects have included Red Cross donations, relief efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, health screenings, Ronald McDonald House, McDonald Branch YMCA, United Negro College Fund, Mayfest, NAACP and others.

For more than 30 years, the High School Seniors Recognition Program has provided college-bound senior students with scholarships and cash rewards totaling more than $320,000.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. July 22, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. July 23, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Movie in the Park at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. July 23, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Public Art Dedication of "The Welcome Space": 6:30 p.m. July 23, 2019; Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. July 23, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Teas Street.

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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon July 24, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. July 24, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Capital Improvements Advisory Committee for Transportation Impact Fees Meeting: 1:30 p.m. July 25, 2019; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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