SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation, has pledged an endowment in the amount of $100,000 to Livingstone College as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.
Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., will join 31 other presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Feb. 28 at the AKA International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of the award.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of our young people and the sustainability of our treasured HBCUs,” said Dr. Glenda Glover, AKA Inc. international president. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars toward the endowment, and we are honored to provide Livingstone College the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCUs.”
“Livingstone College will benefit tremendously from this generous gift by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated,” said Jenkins. “Colleges such as Livingstone are in need of more endowments to assist with its sustainability and to ensure that we are always here for the student population we serve. It is said that philanthropy is contagious, so I hope what the AKAs are doing will spread like wildfire to others who are in positions to do the same.”
The historic event will feature remarks from Glover as well as a tour of the iconic and recently renovated Ivy Center International Headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.
“On behalf of our board, faculty, staff and students, I feel privileged to have been invited by Dr. Glover to participate in this charitable gesture during Black History Month in which we celebrate the great contributions of African Americans and our HBCUs,” Jenkins said. “What not a better way to celebrate our history than to give back to sustain our future.”
Last week, the college celebrated Founder’s Day, raising $200,000 for student scholarships as part of the Tom Joyner Foundation February School of the Month campaign. To give, text LCBlueBears to 41444.