Celebrating our Golden Soror, Mrs. Shirley Young

Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter is proud to have many members who were initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® more than 50 years ago! We are grateful for their legacy and honored to have the opportunity to recognize our “Golden” members!

Shirley Young

Q: When and where were you initiated?

A: Oct 18, 1964 – Pi Chapter at Fisk University. There were 42 members in our Ivy Leaf Pledge club – I was #2.

Q: What made you want to join Alpha Kappa Alpha?

A: It was a no brainer for me, my sister pledged several years prior and I saw the excitement she had for Alpha Kappa Alpha. When I saw her excitement, I knew I wanted to be a part of the sorority. When I got to Fisk, I knew AKA was the only option for me.

Q: What offices have you held as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha?

A: It may be easier to ask what I haven’t done; I’ve held every office except for Graduate Advisor.

Q: What is the fondest memory you have as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha?

A: One of my fondest memories is that of my best friend from Nashville waiting until I was ready before she pursued membership in AKA. During our sophomore year, we both wanted to join, but I didn’t have the grades, so she waited until I did before she pursued. To me, that exhibited real sisterhood before were even sorority sisters. Another very fond memory I have is when I pinned my daughter Margo.

Q: How do you see the Sorority progressing in the next decade?

A: It all boils down to leadership – for AKA to remain relevant and continue to be an integral part of Greekdom, we must have strong leadership from the international level down to the chapter level. I look forward to continuing to support AKA and our upcoming new international program initiatives, to the best of my abilities. I’ve really enjoyed our current international president, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, and the rest of our international leadership, and I look forward to more growth coming from our incoming leadership team this July at Boule.