The saga that is “Sorority Sisters” continues. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc members April McRae and Rwanda [Joy] Hammond have been suspended from the organization. The notice of their suspension was posted on the sorority’s corporate website and later tweeted out by several individuals, public figures bloggers and more, including public figure and notorious Alpha Roland Martin and oddly enough, retweeted by former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams.
The story managed to go under the radar because the women were effectively suspended on the day after Christmas and will not be eligible. The suspension is set to last until July 2016.
According to another member of AKA, a suspension means that these women no longer have privileges as members and are basically considered inactive. Suspended members are not allowed to attend chapter meetings, sorority events and shouldn’t claim membership until they are reinstated.
Neither April or Joy have responded directly to the suspension but April has posted some pretty telling, inspirational messages, presumably, about the suspension. See what she had to say.
Naturally, every organization is different. Some have stricter rules than others but I do find it interesting that members of other Greek organizations got into physical altercations on practically every season of their show on the same network and were never even questioned, not to mention punished, for their behavior.
Interesting. And honestly, I feel sorry for April and Joy. Simply because it’s impossible for an individual to represent an organization and equally impossible for an organization made up of thousands of women to maintain a spotless reputation in the eyes of all people for all time.
But with AKA taking this type of stance I guess it will be hard for these women and other prospects to both participate in “Sorority Sisters” and also keep the letters that make them eligible to be a part of it.
Nice to know the Black Greek Lettered Organizations have this much power. It’ll be interesting to see what they direct their efforts toward in the future.
What do you think about this suspension? Was it fair?