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February 9, 2013

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— Muskogee County Retired Educators

The Muskogee County Retired Educators will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Muskogee Art Guild, 315 Court St.

The group will celebrate Black History Month by honoring longtime educator Sylvester Franklin. Special guest speaker will be James White. Ed Hendersonwill give the Devotion. Scotty Reed and Roberta Henderson will be hosteses. Members are encouraged to attend this special meeting.

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., celebrates 85th birthday. Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has the distinction of being the oldest chapter in Oklahoma, because it was established in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1928. The Charter members were Mrs. Francis Escoe, Mrs. Mabel Garrett Riley, Ms. Annabelle Maddux-Dillard, Mrs. Larue Blaine-Corbett and Mrs. June Austin-Perryman. The chapter has managed to hold its membership consistently for 85 years never missing a regional or national meeting and maintaining its obligations on the local and national level.

The local chapter under the excellent leadership of Mrs. Aanje Wilkerson, will celebrate its birthday with a dual theme of Founders Day and Black History Month at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston Street. Former members as well as sorority members from throughout the state will be invited to participate in the festivities. Also to be honored are the oldest Black church in Muskogee, the oldest black male and female and the oldest black owned businesses as well as fraternal organizations. Ms Avalon Reece, who is a sorority member, will be especially honored as the first Black City Council woman in Muskogee and Mrs. Muriel Saunders, also a sorority member, will be honored as the longest serving black on the Board of Education for the Muskogee Public Schools.

Ladies in the local chapter have a lengthy history of serving the community. Mrs. Juanita Adams served on many boards and Mrs. Jamie Robertson was truly a pioneer in the field of early childhood education. Mrs. Antoinette Harrison was also a lady of tremendous service to the Muskogee community. Throughout the years, Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been involved in Service to all mankind and have made invaluable contributions to the youth and citizens of Muskogee.

Tickets for the event will be $20.00 and will go on sale Feb. 5. For more information please contact Mrs. Aanje Wilkerson at (918) 682-8126.

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