This story originally appears on the Medium page of one of our students, Laura Johnson.
I’ve been waiting to write a comprehensive post about my education and thoughts on race and racism in America, but I realize that I will probably never be able to create an exhaustive list of all the concepts I have learned and theories I have analyzed. That being said, I’m going to address a major part of my life that has influenced my view of the world and my place in it.
I have been a sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. since the Fall semester of 2014. It has been nearly a year since I have joined this illustrious sisterhood, and I have experienced some of my greatest joys in life due to the experiences I’ve had with my sisters and with the sorority as a whole. It should be noted that AKA is not just a sorority. AKA is a historically Black sorority within the National Panhellenic Council, the first sorority made by Black women for Black women. I am not the first White woman to have joined, but I am the first to join my specific chapter at the University of Florida.