Over the weekend, living gospel legend Yolanda Adams became a new honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Along with diplomat Teta V. Banks, astronaut Jeanette J. Epps, activist Chantél Harris, and author Margo Lee Shetterly, the 56-year-old was inducted at the sorority’s biennial conference in her Houston hometown.
Adams was so excited to share the news that after the ceremony, she posted on Instagram that this was a secret she had to keep until the big day.
According to the Defender Network, International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D. explained the criteria needed to become an honorary member.
“Each of this year’s inductees have demonstrated remarkable strength and perseverance to achieve her goals and have a positive impact on the world,” she said.” Most importantly, these women have done so with a commitment to serving others, a hallmark of Alpha Kappa Alpha.”
Adams certainly has all of these characteristics. I mean, we already know how talented of a singer she is.
Adams has been blowing us away with her obviously God-given pipes since her first album Just As I Am in 1988. And 30 years later, she is still on fire. Just two weeks ago, Adams made another living legend, Anita Baker, sit in her seat in awe as she sang the heck out her song “You Bring Me Joy” at the 2018 BET Awards.
With five Grammys under her belt and numerous other accolades, Adams is not only a singer but a former teacher who hopes to spread her message of light and love in various ways.
As the host of The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, she hopes that her show provides another option for folks who like morning shows, but they don’t want to hear anything that might contradict their beliefs.
“It’s not a gospel show or an inspirational show, but a versatile overall morning show. I wanted to create a clean alternative morning show for people of faith,” her website states.
“I need to be in a place where my message can be heard by everyone. I understand my purpose. I understand what I was put here for. I take that on every day of my life,” she added.
Previous AKA honorary membership inductees include Jada Pinkett-Smith, Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Iyanla Vanzant, Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, C. Delores Tucker, Suzanne de Passe, Mae Jemison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Zina Garrison and C. Vivian Stringer.
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