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Founders' Day Greetings

Greetings to each of you, and welcome to our 2024 Founders' Day program. This is a time when we celebrate the founding of our beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the twenty trailblazing women who paved the way for members of our sorority and all Black Greek-letter sororities.


We are so grateful you decided to join us today as our organization celebrated 116 years of service and sisterhood since its founding on January 15, 1908, on the Howard University campus in Miner Hall. As Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, we are thankful for our Founders' vision and the mission of service they established.


We use this platform today to honor their rich legacy and recognize members of our community who, through their ideology and work, share in that mission today. It is a privilege and indeed a pleasure to have an opportunity to publicly thank this community for supporting our great sorority over the past 58 years to showcase this year. Theta Zeta Omega Chapter will recognize Norma Caples and Norma Graham Dreamer Recipient.


We will also recognize our 2024 Women of the Year and sisters who celebrate milestone years of service to all mankind. Sisters who will be celebrating 25 years of service to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

We look forward to our continued partnership as we continue to serve and uplift the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Again, thank you for joining us today,



Theresa Haynes, President

Theta Zeta Omega Chapter

Founders' Day Guest Speaker
Dr. Felicia L. Wilson

Dr. Felicia L. Wilson, a distinguished silver star, life member, and legacy member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., embodies a spirit of excellence and service in every aspect of her life. Initiated into the Theta Gamma Chapter at the University of South Carolina in 1979, she continues to uplift and inspire as the President of the Delta Theta Omega Chapter in Mobile, Alabama, where she received the esteemed 2022 AKA Image Award.

In her professional life, Dr. Wilson is a renowned Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Alabama Health System (USA). With a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and specialized training from prestigious institutions including Emory University, she has dedicated her career to compassionate care and groundbreaking research in pediatric hematology/oncology.

Dr. Wilson's commitment to excellence is recognized far and wide. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Humanism in Medicine Award for her exemplary patient care, and recognition as one of "America's Top Pediatricians" and "America's Top Oncologists" by the Consumers' Research Council of America. Her dedication to teaching is evidenced by her sixteen-time receipt of the Scarlet Sash Award as a Distinguished Faculty Member at USA's College of Medicine.

A passionate advocate for sickle cell disease awareness and research, Dr. Wilson's impact extends beyond the medical field. Her involvement in national campaigns highlighted by Ebony, Jet, and Heart and Soul magazines underscores her commitment to raising awareness and improving outcomes for those affected by the disease. Appointed by Governor Ivey, Dr. Wilson serves as president of the Alabama Sickle Cell Oversight and Regulatory Commission.

In addition to her professional achievements, Dr. Wilson is a pillar of her community, recognized with the 2021 Mobile Community Health Leadership Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for Aubreigh's Army Foundation 328 Inc., mobilizing support for brain tumor research and family assistance, as well as the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. A member of the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Silhouettes, and Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Dr. Wilson's commitment to service knows no bounds.

Dr. Felicia L. Wilson is married to Anthony Wilson, and together they have two children, Kaylin Elise and Charles Edward.

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Order of Program

Mistress of Ceremony
Mrs. Charlotte Evans


Mrs. Charlotte Evans

Mrs. Loretta Jennings
AKA History and Recognition of Founders

Ms. Santorial Brumfield
Lighting of the Founders’ Candles

Ms. Ida Pines and Dr. Katrina Haynes
Song: “And We Are Glad”

Singing Pearls of TZO
Recognition of Greek Organizations and Medley

Mrs. Yolanda Jenkins
Introduction of Speaker

Mrs. Nicole Gines

Dr. Felecia Wilson
Song: “The Goodness of God”

Singing Pearls of TZO
AKA Celebratory Milestones

Mrs. Carolyn Hall Jones
TZO Norma Caples Dreamer Award

Presented by Dr. Whitney Caples
Award recipient: Krewe Unique – Jackson County
TZO Norma Graham Dreamer Award

Presented by Ms. Kendra Williams
Award recipient: Biloxi NAACP -Harrison County

Presented by Ms. Bridgette Parks
Award recipient: Mrs. Sheila Arrington
Closing Remarks

TZO President, Ms. Theresa Haynes

At our annual Founders Day celebration hosted by the Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, we honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their exemplary service. This year, we're proud to recognize our 2024 Woman of the Year and the recipients of the 2024 Norma Caples and Norma Graham Dreamer Awards, highlighting exceptional contributions in Jackson and Harrison County. Additionally, we'll acknowledge members reaching milestone years in our sorority, including those achieving silver status at 25 years, celebrating their enduring dedication to our sisterhood and community.

2024 Theta Zeta Omega Awards

Theta Zeta Omega
Woman of the Year

Sheila Arrington

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Hailing from Biloxi, Mrs. Sheila Arrington brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her community. With a background as a military spouse and extensive travels, Sheila returned to her beloved hometown in anticipation of retirement. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Accounting from St. Leo University and an MBA from William Carey University.

Sheila boasts an impressive 26-year career as a federal employee, notably serving 17 years at NASA as the Chief of Accounting & Travel Services Branch. Her exceptional contributions earned her the prestigious Space Flight Awareness Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by NASA.

Since joining the Theta Zeta Omega (TZO) chapter in April 2018, Sheila has been an active and influential member. She held the role of Treasurer in 2019 and 2020, where she pioneered the implementation of electronic payment methods. Currently serving as Financial Secretary since 2021, Sheila has modernized TZO's processes by introducing an electronic receipt program, earning her the nickname "TZO's Spreadsheet Wizard."

In addition to her TZO commitments, Sheila is deeply involved in community initiatives. As a Silver Life member of the Biloxi branch of the NAACP, she has served in various capacities, including Treasurer and assistant secretary. She also plays a pivotal role in the Secondliners Mardi Gras Club, Inc., where she serves as financial secretary and leads the backpack giveaway and scholarship committees. Sheila's dedication to community service extends to her lifelong membership at Main Street MBC.

2024 Norma Caples Dreamer Award-
Jackson County

Krewe Unique Community Outreach Organization

About Krewe Unique: Members of the Krewe Unique Community Outreach Organization are esteemed for their unwavering dedication to volunteer work, community programs, and youth outreach, earning them high regard within the community and beyond. Aligned with the values of our sorority, Krewe Unique consistently demonstrates a commitment to social causes, inspiring kindness that resonates throughout the community. For nearly 25 years, they have tirelessly pursued their Core Mission, striving to enhance the lives of those in need within Jackson and Harrison counties, focusing on Ocean Springs, MS.

Mission and Impact: Krewe Unique's mission is to uplift the less fortunate, children, the elderly, and those in need by providing essential assistance, educational opportunities, cultural experiences, acts of kindness, and "First Ever" experiences for youth. Their outreach extends beyond Ocean Springs, collaborating with partners along the Gulf Coast to address the community's evolving needs. This non-profit organization has steadfastly supported our chapter, contributing to our philanthropic endeavors through individual and organizational support.

Notable Contributions: The tireless efforts of Krewe Unique encompass a diverse range of initiatives, including back-to-school scholarships, assistance for the Seashore Mission, Inc., business and charity partnerships, family grocery giveaways, tornado relief projects, annual Juneteenth celebrations, teacher appreciation events, and community-wide festivities. Their dedication to service is exemplified by their leadership team, including President Latoya Hopson, Vice-President Damian Wiley, Captain Greg Gipson, Treasurer LaQuita Brock, Secretary Karen Thurmon, and Sgt. At Arms Lisa Ducksworth.

2024 Norma Graham Dreamer Award-Harrison County

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)  – Harrison County

About NAACP: Biloxi Branch: The Biloxi Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is deeply rooted in the fight for civil rights and equality. Established in 1909, the NAACP has been a stalwart advocate against racism and discrimination for over a century. Guided by a mission to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality, the Biloxi Branch envisions an inclusive community where civil and human rights are upheld without prejudice. The Biloxi NAACP Branch stands at the forefront of the fight for equality and justice, advocating for the rights of all individuals regardless of race or background. Their dedication to community service and civil rights activism is a beacon of hope and progress for the Gulf Coast region.

Mission and Impact: Through various initiatives, the Biloxi NAACP Branch actively promotes political empowerment, education excellence, and social justice. Their efforts encompass political action, educational scholarships, health initiatives, legal redress, environmental advocacy, and economic development programs. Notably, the branch organizes state and local election debates, offers scholarships to deserving students, hosts health fairs, and provides vital updates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notable Contributions: For over 15 years, the Biloxi NAACP Branch has co-sponsored the Coast Wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, uniting coastal communities to commemorate Dr. King's legacy. Additionally, the branch honors local activists and leaders through annual banquets, recognizing their contributions to the community. These initiatives profoundly impact local communities, fostering a culture of equality, justice, and empowerment.

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We are honored to celebrate the remarkable dedication and enduring legacy of members who have devoted at least 25 years of active service to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This prestigious milestone is commemorated with the esteemed title, Silver, symbolizing their unwavering commitment to our cherished sisterhood. This year, we proudly acknowledge four outstanding members who have achieved Silver status: Linda Craig, Tanya Haynes, Kimberly Herbert, and Shylonda Stewart. Their remarkable contributions and steadfast commitment exemplify the spirit of excellence within our beloved sorority. Join us in applauding their remarkable achievements and the indelible mark they have left on

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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