Phylicia Rashād on the legacy of the AKAs highlighted in the ‘Twenty Pearls’ documentary
“When you pledge a fraternity or a sorority, you learn the names of the founders and the year in which it was founded,” she informed CNN. “But the detailed history that’s in this documentary, we did not learn that as pledgees.”
“Twenty Pearls” informs the story of the very first Black sorority, which was established in 1908 by 9 ladies registered at Howard University.
The AKAs, as members are called, presently number than 300,000 throughout the world. Along with Rashād, the company’s subscription consists of the very first African-American female astronaut, Mae C. Jemison and the present Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.
Vice President Harris is amongst the ladies talked to for the movie by director Deborah Riley Draper.
The sisterhood amongst the ladies has actually been critical in the lives of a number of its members, Rashād stated.
The renowned starlet promised throughout a turbulent period that consisted of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose spouse Coretta Scott King was likewise an AKA.
Rashād stated that a person of the important things she enjoys about the documentary is that is concentrates on the sorority being at the leading edge of a lot in history, consisting of a health care effort they began in Mississippi throughout the Great Anxiety that went on to assist immunize Black individuals who were suffering under Jim Crow laws.
“With this documentary to learn about the activism among women back in 1923, I’m talking about political activism,” she stated. “In the Women’s Suffrage Movement — not being asked to participate — however, that did not deter the women [of AKA] from action.”
“The women were never idle,” Rashād stated of those initial members and those who followed them in the early years. “They were very, very active socially, politically, moving for education, moving for equal rights, moving for equality. Not just sitting around complaining about it, but showing up.”
That continues today as the nation discovers itself continuing to battle with a racial numeration.
Rashād stated her sorority was established with “the intent to uplift” which objective continues.
“We will persist in delivering the good,” she stated.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.