History of Omicron Omega
Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® received its charter on October 24, 1924, becoming the 15 th Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the first graduate Chapter to be chartered in the South Eastern Region in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2020, the chapter celebrates 96 years of service. Omicron Omega was chartered by Hilda Evans of Atlanta, GA-South Eastern Regional Director, Vivian F. Bell, Jessie Coleman, Wilma Davis, Mabel Harris, Eunice Hudson, Thelma Kingsley and Vernona Pierce who became the first African American sorority members in the state of Alabama. The chapter’s membership currently has more than 345 professional women who are dedicated public servants and graduates of numerous accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Under the leadership of A. Lucile Brewer in the early 1950’s, Omicron Omega Chapter experienced yet another first by purchasing a sorority house. The house was the first and for a long time, the only Greek Letter House in the state of Alabama. Omicron Omega Chapter was also instrumental in establishing the Birmingham Chapter of the Pan-Hellenic Council. The Chapter is proud to have one of its former members, Savannah Crews Jones (deceased), served as the 15 th South Eastern Regional Director (1974-1978) and she was also the Chapter’s 15 th President (1962-1965). The Chapter chartered five undergraduate Chapters: Gamma Pi Chapter at Miles College on October 24, 1970; Iota Phi Chapter at the University of Alabama Birmingham on May 16, 1975; Mu Mu Chapter on July 8, 1978 at the University of Montevallo, Nu Delta on December 1, 1979 at Birmingham-Southern College and Omicron Mu Chapter on May 14, 1988 at Samford University. Omicron Omega Chapter is currently supervising graduate Chapter for Gamma Pi, Iota Phi, and Omicron Mu.
Signature programs of the chapter include the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual wreath laying for Soror Coretta Scott King and the annual MLK Unity Breakfast; the Chapter supports the Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Walk to Remember, the Birmingham Kidney Walk; the Sickle Cell Walk of Central Alabama and the chapter has raised more than $87,000 for the annual March of Dimes Walk. In 2001, the chapter established the Cultural and Educational Advancement Foundation (CEAF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to provide educational and cultural enrichment to the community and individuals. It is the charitable entity by which the Chapter gives donations to the community and is responsible for more than $200,000 of scholarships awarded to area high school and college students since its inception. Founded in 2013, the Financial Empowerment Conference is the Foundation’s signature program. This program teaches youth and adults how to build wealth, buy a home, and start a business.
During the Fall of 2018, members of the Chapter and foundation broke ground on the Pearl Center, a $1 million facility located in the western area of Birmingham. Upon completion in 2022, the building will house the Chapter for its meetings and will be used for community outreach programs to enhance the quality of life of the underserved residents in the surrounding communities. In this New Day, under the leadership of President Pauline Parker, Omicron Omega will continue its long tradition of service to all mankind in the Birmingham- Hoover MSA by strengthening its sisterhood, growing its talent and culture, and expanding its use of technology to impact the world.