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Alpha Kappa Alpha honors Edney for 50 years of service

Published 12:22pm Sunday, May 27, 2007

Zeta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honored Lillian Clark Edney on Saturday at the Natchez Convention Center.

Edney has been a member of the sorority for 50 years.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter organization founded by black college women in America. It was organized on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15, 1908, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyles.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. became a symbol of the aspiration of able young women to develop their full potentials in an atmosphere of friendship and mutually supportive stimulation of excellence.

Zeta Delta Omega Chapter is aware historically of Alpha Kappa Alpha programs nationally and locally. Programs consist of three basic aspects: scholarship, civic responsibility and service.

“The heart of our chapter is the dedication of its members to be of service to mankind,” said spokeswoman Ora Frazier.

“Our honoree has exemplified that dedication by being actively involved in her church, St. Peter Baptist Church; National Council of Negro Women; God’s Angelic Warriors, a cancer support group; Mississippi Homemakers Volunteers, Catherine Williams chapter; United Way Board of Directors as a member; Mississippi Education Association; and many other volunteer efforts,” Frazier said.

“Mrs. Edney has been married to Dr. Norris Edney for 48 years,” Frazier said. The Edneys had four children. One, Mornita Shyrell, is deceased. The other children are Norris Allen II, Albert DeFrance and Alvin Darcell.

“She has six beautiful grandchildren that she enjoys spoiling,” Frazier said. They are Norris Allen III, Jaylon, Alvin Darcell II, Albert D. II, Charity and Grace Edney.

Lillian Clark Edney has earned the title of Golden Soror. “Her family, friends and her Zeta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. family congratulate her on this prestigious accomplishment,” Frazier said.