In an interesting turn of events, Alpha Kappa Alpha has decided to reverse their decision to not allow members to sport their Greek letter while protesting.
A directive had been sent via email banning members from donning the organization’s symbols while hitting the streets to demonstrate the unfair outcome doled out in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.
The decision was met with resistance and criticism from sorority members and people outside of the community.
It looks like the uproar produced the expected results as the sorority’s National President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson confirmed in the statement below, the decision to go ahead and allow members to express themselves accordingly – without restrictions.
Some think this might be motivated by pressure for the organization to maintain a politically correct stance. But the biggest takeaway is the revelation that there is indeed strength in numbers.
“We expect our members to be actively involved in solving the social justice issues raised by those cases. The immediate response throughout the country has been to protest, march, and/or rally. We strongly support and encourage our members’ peaceful and lawful participation in these activities and as such, we issued guidelines for participation in these events.
We do not want to be distracted from our mission of fighting for justice and equality for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Dontre Hamilton, and the countless other young black men across the country victimized by a criminal justice system that places little value in their lives. However, it appears the request to refrain from wearing the sorority’s letters has become a distraction and a distortion of the sorority’s position on these issues that is diverting attention and effort away from the broader fight to secure social justice and reform.
We are therefore relaxing our original position on the wearing of Alpha Kappa Alpha paraphernalia and attire.”
Zeta Phi Beta and Alpha Phi Alpha are encouraging members to wear paraphernalia and attire while protesting:
— Alpha Phi Alpha (@apa1906NETwork) December 9, 2014