Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Gamma Phi Chapter held their Fall 2021 Skee Week October 18th– October 22nd. The week included events to better one’s self as well as shed light upon the African American community and its achievements.
On Monday, October 18th, the ladies encouraged people on social media to post black owned businesses that they knew as well as to support them by shopping with the businesses. They posted some businesses on their Twitter and Instagram social media accounts which is @gammaphiakas. Some examples of food businesses that were shared were Hamp’s Ft. West Wings and Patton’s Store located in Lorman, Mississippi and for black businesses that dealt with beauty, the ladies highlighted The Komplexion Kollection Cosmetics and Skin Care which can be reached at www.komplexionko and 7 Skin Co. which can be reached at www.7skinco.com.
Tuesday, October 19th, saw the Gamma Phi’s host a Poetry Slam at the James L. Bolden Campus Union Multipurpose Room at 6:08 pm. The event gave students a chance to display some of their talents such as dancing, singing, acting and poetry. There was a special giveaway and canned goods were collected at the entrance. At every event for the Skee Week that was held in the Union participants had to use the link placed in the bio of the Gamma Phi Chapter on Instagram or Twitter and show proof of vaccination and wear a mask upon entrance.
On Wednesday, October 20th, the ladies hosted AKArobics at the James L. Bolden Campus Union Multipurpose Room at 6:08 pm. They hosted a Zumba class to promote health and fitness to any student on campus who wanted to come by and be active. Snacks were provided to the participants to help keep them moving.
Thursday, October 21st, saw the Chapter hold a Letter of Encouragement event at the James L. Bolden Union Multipurpose Room at 6:08 pm. Students were motivated to come and write letters to their family, friends, etc. Canned goods were collected at the entrance.
On Friday, October 22nd, the final event of Skee Week was I Love My HBCU Because…. which was hosted on the ladies’ social media accounts. Different ladies from the Chapter expressed why they loved their HBCU (Alcorn State University). Mashayla Dyson, a Junior Agricultural Science (Animal Science) major and AKA member from Amite, Louisiana stated, “I love my HBCU because it supports black excellence.”
“I believe we had a very successful week. All of our events focused on 5 targets which were HBCU Life, Women’s Healthcare, Economic Legacy, the Arts and Global Impact. We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves,” stated Amaya Ruffin a Senior, Veterinary Science major and AKA member from Walnut Grove, Mississippi.