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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Presents Town Hall on Economic, Education, Social Issues
Donna Brazile and Marian Wright Edelman to Participate in Howard event

WASHINGTON (September 13, 2011) — Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, and political analyst Donna Brazile will participate in a Town Hall meeting sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the lack of jobs, disparities in access to higher education, and many other issues. The Town Hall will take place at Howard University’s Blackburn Center on Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Other participants include: Roslyn Brock, chairman of the NAACP board of directors; U.S. Rep. Donna Christensen, D-VI; and Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund. Brazile will moderate the discussion.

In announcing the Town Hall, Alpha Kappa Alpha International President Carolyn House Stewart said she hoped to trigger ideas and energize members to move from advocacy to action. This goal of the event parallels the sorority’s theme: “Global Leadership through Timeless Service.”

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C. She is currently an adjunct professor of Women and Gender Studies at Georgetown University. Edelman is a life-long advocate for disadvantaged Americans. Under her leadership, the Children’s Defense Fund has become among the nation’s strongest voices for children and families.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.                                                             
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is America's first Greek-letter organization founded in 1908 by, and for, African-American college women. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it is one of the world's leading service organizations. The Sorority's members have made a commitment “to serve all mankind” through a nucleus of more than 250,000 women in over 958 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Japan and on the continent of Africa. Attorney Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, Florida, is the 28th International President. Stewart’s administration is marked by the theme:  “Global Leadership through Timeless Service.”

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