About Sigma Sigma Omega
In 1990, Sigma Sigma Omega elected Nan Franklin as the first Chapter President. The SSO members began their mission of “Service to all Mankind.” In 1992, SSO established the Ivy AKAdemy, which offered tutoring services for elementary students from 1992 to 1994. The chapter continued to uphold the sorority’s program platforms throughout the years; however, by 1999, Sigma Sigma Omega found itself without the necessary number of members needed to remain active.
In the winter of 2000, under the leadership of the 25th Mid-Western Regional Director, Brenda Lewis, Eneshal Borders, Angela Burnett, Daria Dean, LaToya Gammon, Armisha Walker-Harrison, Michele Purvey, Elicia Richardson, Sonja Singleton, and Jamila Woodard decided to keep the flame of SSO burning. Angela Burnett was elected as Chapter President, and these ladies went to work.
Charter Date: May 20, 1990
Charter Members: Nancy J. Banks, Denise A. Blair, Glenda L. Brewer, Sheila Jones Brown, Jewel Dallas Bruner, Sherol N. Darco, Phayeonlyne Doster, Lonzetta Dukes, Betty Easlick, Cheryl Fowler, Nan Franklin, Carolyn Gray, Iris H. Green, Loveta Hammond, Norma James, Romona Kellam, Linda Mason, Tanya Mustin, Portia Parker, Edwina Redd, Brenda Roberson, Barbara Robets, Karolyn Ruffin, Evelyn Davis Shelley, Floyzell Stevenson, Valerie Thompson, Lena Threatt, Charolotte Young, and Connie Wilson
Since reactivating, Sigma Sigma Omega has grown to a membership of over 70 and continues to thrive in the Oklahoma City community. SSO has given away over $10,000 in college scholarships. Some of SSO’s notable programs include The Little Miss AKA Pageant, Faded and Educated Back to School Program in partnership with Twice the Cutz Barber Shop and Salon, Booker T. Washington Park Adoption, and OKC Derby Day Party. Sigma Sigma Omega has also contributed to and assisted organizations such as the YWCA, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and National Alliance on Mental Health.
Under the leadership of current Chapter President, Tiece Dempsey, SSO has successfully implemented the current Alpha Kappa Alpha program platform Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. Some of SSO’s programs include - partnering with Oklahoma’s only HBCU Langston University to actively recruit college-ready students; establishing #CAP/The Arts program which exposes high school students to the college admission process and the arts by focusing on visual and performing arts and showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers, and other artists; initiating Step For Heart Health which encourages individuals to walk in support of heart health; supporting Positive Tomorrow through Operation AKA Assist; presenting Christmas in Harlem which incorporates the history of the Harlem Renaissance through a Christmas celebration; and collecting gently worn shoes for the Soles 4 Souls initiative.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.