From the very early years, even before incorporation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recognized the importance of engaging in political and social action. Thus, our rich history of being a major force to address societal concerns regarding the social, political and economic status of African Americans began. In 1980, the 20th International President, Barbara Phillips appointed an ad hoc committee to study public-policy issues and report to the Directorate on a regular basis. First International Vice President Faye B. Bryant drafted and presented the first public policy plan at the 1980 Boule in Atlanta, Georgia. Delegates to the 1980 Boule, agreeing that there was a need for a formal commitment to impact public policy as it affects African Americans, voted that the Connection Committee would be the ninth Standing Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® International President Phillips appointed Freddie L. Groomes, Chairman of the first International Connection Committee. The Committee is composed of a chairman and a representative from each Region. Each International President since this time has challenged our membership to develop programs within their chapters that focus on public issues and policies which have an impact on the African-American community.
(1) Restored citizens voter education and registration progam:
Psi Eta Omega shall work with the Ohio Reformatory for Women to educate and restore voting rights for women through various activities.
(2) Voter Education and Registration:
Psi Eta Omega shall work with the National Pan Hellenic Council, “When We all Vote” campaign and other voter registration programs to educate and register citizens to vote through various activities.
(3) Support of Elected African American Candiates:
Psi Eta Omega shall work to develop activities that will increase the number of elected and appointed minorities, specifically African Americans, in local, state and national positions.
(4) Advocacy Activities:
Psi Eta Omega shall support various political programs and activities that strengthens the community.