[Chicago, Illinois] On June 26, over 50,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority worldwide linked arms in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Synchronized Solidarity Walk for Emotional, Spiritual and Physical Healing. The walk was aimed at raising awareness about the importance of fitness.
Stepping off at the same time worldwide, the Sorority also used the occasion to underscore its unity, solidarity and strength as a sisterhood. In tribute to the year 2010, the contingent walked 2.10 miles. Leading the walk was International President Barbara A. McKinzie, joined by members as well as friends and families who recognize the significance of making one's health a priority.
The walk, held in local communities worldwide, is the second time that the Sorority has hosted the event. The global walk was originally held in 2008, the year Alpha Kappa Alpha celebrated its Centennial. It yielded such results and sisterly love that Alpha Kappa Alpha decided to host it again.
Eta Lambda Omega, the local chapter in Pasadena joined those participating members from every region, as well as from Canada, Germany, the Virgin Islands, the continent of Africa and the Bahamas, by walking around the Rose Bowl.
In setting to this historic walk, participants will faced in the direction of St. Louis where Alpha Kappa Alpha's convention takes place from July 9-16. Approximately 10,000 members are expected to attend the convention.
"This initiative specifically embraces Platform Five, which deals with Health Resource Management and Economics. It also sends a statement that Alpha Kappa Alpha is Energized, Strong and Powerfully united," stated McKinzie. "Elements that this walk symbolizes, we hope to send a signal that we are committed to taking care of our total health. Ultimately, when we are Emotionally, Spiritually and Physically fit, we are in a better position to serve our family, community and the world!"