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Pernessa C. Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead Inducted Into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Black news - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 2010 inducteeRICHMOND, VA –August 13, 2010 – Pernessa C. Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., was recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as an Honorary Member. According to the sorority, an honorary membership is the most prestigious designation the Sorority presents. Those who are inducted represent the highest standards of character, courage and womanhood and are committed to the organization's mission to serve. Seele was inducted at the 62nd Boulé in St. Louis, MO on July 14, 2010, with approximately 7,000 members attending. The induction ceremony was officiated by Barbara A. McKinzie, who at the time of the induction was International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Seele was "pinned" by new, incoming International President, Carolyn House Stewart.

Seele joins a distinguished roster of 122 Honorary Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority that include Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson, Maya Angelou, Jessye Norman, Mae C. Jemison and Coretta Scott King.

According to Immediate Past President Barbara A. McKinzie, "We are filled with pride to have outstanding women of such great stature join our great Sorority." McKinzie added, "They represent the best in their fields, the most committed to Alpha Kappa Alpha's noble service mission and the best in character".

Seele, who recently returned from the "invitation only" Global Forum in South Africa, founded The Balm In Gilead in 1989. She is recognized as one of the world's most influential people by her selection to the TIME 100. Most recently, she was honored by Ebony Magazine as one of their Power 150, a designation that recognizes the influence and reach of 150 of the nation's most powerful African American leaders.

The Balm In Gilead was born out of Seele's vision that faith communities had a major role to play in addressing HIV/AIDS nationally as well as globally. Now in its 21st year, The Balm In Gilead has provided capacity development and technical support regarding the implementation and delivery of health education and service programs to thousands of faith institutions. In turn, The Balm In Gilead's faith partners are providing life-sustaining services to millions of people in the US and Africa.


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