Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Iota Omega Chapter, will honor Mrs. Jeannette French, as a 75-year member of the sorority, on Sunday, May 31, 2019, at Bayside Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. Mrs. French will be recognized with the status of a Diamond member of the sorority at its Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in March.
A native of South Haven, Michigan, Mrs. French graduated from high school in 1942, and entered historic Talladega College in the same year. She was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Chi Chapter on January 21, 1944. In 1946, she graduated from Talladega College with a B.S. in Sociology. She attended the Atlanta University School of Social Work. Her career as a social worker flourished at Indiana and Michigan with the National Urban League. On February 20, 1954, she married Robert P. French, Jr., of Pittsburgh, PA. They had one daughter, Stacye French-Blue. In Pittsburgh, Mrs. French was a juvenile court probation officer and a social development group worker and school social worker with Pittsburgh Public Schools. She also affiliated with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Alpha Alpha Omega chapter in Pittsburgh. The Frenches enjoyed 50 years of marriage, before his passing on March 13, 2004. Mrs. French moved to Virginia Beach with her daughter and son-in-law in 2010. She has four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Mrs. French is a member of Second Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk. She enjoys concerts, plays, reads devotionals, solves crossword puzzles, word scrambles and collects camels.
Mrs. Kathy Wilson Moore, Iota Omega chapter President, will present Mrs. French with sorority items for 75-year members only at the program.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Iota Omega chapter was chartered in 1922, in the basement of First Baptist Church, Bute Street. For over 95-years, Iota Omega has served the Norfolk community by providing scholarships and implementing community programs addressing healthcare, education, family strengthening, and other social conditions. Historic women associated with the chapter include Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, 10th Supreme Basileus of the sorority and 2nd President of the National Council of Negro Women, Mrs. Vivian Carter Mason, first African American woman to serve on the Norfolk School Board, and Ms. Margaret Gordon, first woman principal of a middle school in Norfolk.
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