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The Divine Nine Black Greek Letter organizations are among the largest groups in black culture.
They are often the intersection of community, connection, and advancement among educated black people. And while these organizations have already created a lasting legacy based on tradition, pride, and camaraderie, the continued support of corporate partners could go a long way in ensuring that the noble works of these organizations continue.
On the weekend of July 9, hundreds of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated members blessed Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park through a collaboration with Walt Disney World.
The women took part in a private after-hours reception hosted by Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate the start of their 70th biennial conference known as the Ball which takes place in Orlando, Florida from July 10-15 .
“There was a mutual interest between the Sorority and Disney to collaborate while they were in town for this citywide convention that brought some 12,000 attendees to Orlando. There is a lot of enthusiasm for the Disney brand from members,” said Michelle Stepney, Director of Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney World. “It was especially an honor to host the members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as they celebrated their conference theme, ‘The Magic of Excellence.’
The message ties strongly to what we do every day at Disney as we share the magic of storytelling and exceptional service with our guests.
The Welcome Reception inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park included a night of delicious treats, live entertainment and interactions with some of Disney’s Characters.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-letter organization founded for black female students in the history of this country. They are also one of the largest Divine Nine organizations with over 300,000 members. Their reach is beyond might and with the collaborative efforts of corporate titans like Walt Disney World, the Sisterhood can only continue to expand its impact.
According to Walt Disney World, the work with Alpha Kappa Alpha is not complete. Disney will also establish workforce development strategies throughout the conference to help undergraduate members of the organization.
“In addition to hosting the private after-hours welcome reception at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, Disney was on hand at the convention with its Disney on the Yard initiative. This workforce development effort artwork provides educational and career resources to HBCU students and underrepresented students at other institutions.We are very interested in cultivating this relationship with the intent of building career connections for undergraduate sorority members. said Stepney.
This same pattern can continue to be used and perfected by all Divine Nine organizations.
At a time when social awareness is almost a requirement for business, this could open the door for some of black culture’s most beloved organizations to continue their efforts to impact lives on an even greater scale. big.
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