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Oldest black sorority to meet and Greek Barbie

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by Cheryl V. Jackson
Chicago Sun-Times

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority really know how to get dolled up — and focus on business.

They’ll show that this week when they hit Washington, D.C., about 35,000 strong, for their biennial convention and get a look at one of their newest members: Barbie.

Mattel Inc. created the limited-edition AKA Centennial Barbie, the first Barbie based on any sorority.

The doll, outfitted in a pink and green evening gown, matching jeweled shoes and gold jewelry, honors the Chicago-headquartered sorority, the first established by black women.

The sorority has inducted about 200,000 members — including actress Phylicia Rashad, educator Marva Collins and author Toni Morrison — since its founding at Howard University in 1908.

The AKA Barbie has some company. Another business, the Sisterhood Boutique, last year modeled a collectible doll on the sorority. That creation, the $125 Ivy Rose (www.sister, made its way into official gift bags for celebrity presenters at the Grammy Awards in February.

The Mattel doll will sell for $50 through the Barbie Collector catalog, the Barbie Web site and retailers. The sorority gets a percentage of the sales.

Mattel isn’t the only company eager to work with AKA. Among the sorority’s other recent corporate deals:

•         •         Converse has designed shoes for Alpha Kappa Alpha and five other black Greek-letter organizations and will sponsor a march at the AKA convention.

•         •         Chase last year gave AKA more than $100,000 to support an African-American home ownership initiative.

•         •         DNA tracing firm African Ancestry Inc. has partnered with the group.

The sorority expects its members to drop more than $100 million in Washington during the weeklong convention, which kicks off Friday.


Written by Symphony

July 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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  1. How cute!


    July 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm

  2. Good for the AKA’s! Although they’ve had their issues in regards to intake and whatnot, they are definitely about their business and I plan on hitting a couple of their events here in DC with my bruhs next week…



    July 9, 2008 at 4:27 pm

  3. I love it!! This also helps the greek community as a whole, showing that being greek is positive. I learned so much from being in a sorority. Great job AKA and Mattel!


    July 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm

  4. collectible dolls are expensive too specially if you got the premium and rare ones .

    Sweetie Bracelet :

    November 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

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