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Reading relay at Gwinnett Public Libraries for Black History Month

Reading relay at Gwinnett Public Libraries for Black History Month

AKAs and Kappas Partner to Promote Literacy and Educate Community with Black History Month Reading Relay at Gwinnett Public Libraries

By Bettina Durant

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (January 28, 2014) - The Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in partnership with the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated are working to promote literacy and educate youth with a Diamonds and Pearls Black History Month Reading Relay each Saturday in February from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at select Gwinnett County library branches.

Reading relay at Gwinnett Public Libraries for Black History Month

Kids of all ages (and their parents and guardians) are invited to attend this free celebration of Black History. Below is the schedule (all are scheduled 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm):

February 1st – Hamilton Mill Branch, Norcross Branch, Lilburn Branch, Dacula Branch

February 8th – Mountain Park Branch, Lawrenceville Branch, Snellville Branch, Five Forks Branch

February 15th – Centerville Branch, Grayson Branch, Suwanee Branch, Collins Hill Branch

February 22nd – Duluth Branch, Peachtree Corners Branch, Buford Branch

Karan Rhodes, President, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter said, “In this 4th year of this joint community partnership, we are ensuring the art of reading literature aloud is exposed to our future generation of leaders. Listening to reading is valuable in the development of vocabulary and language fluency, while also exposing children to appreciating a diversity of perspectives and interpretations. The Reading Relay is a fun, creative experience with an educational purpose.”

According to researchers, books help children develop vital language skills. Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. Not only is it necessary for survival in the world of schools and (later on) universities, but in adult life as well. To that end, members of the sponsoring organizations agree reading is fundamental – and books are the window to the world.

“Upsilon Alpha Omega continues its community service programs by co-hosting a reading relay to celebrate the many contributions of African-Americans in our community and worldwide,” said Andria Daniels, Vice President, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter. “This year’s theme will focus on legends that have made an impact to our nation with their service and contributions.”

Speaking of legends, attendees at select branches will also have the opportunity to meet notable figures who have helped to shape history. For more information log on to or

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first Greek-letter organization founded by African-American women at Howard University in 1908. Led by our now 28thpresident, Carolyn House Stewart, Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood of national and international stature. Its members share the same high moral, ethical, scholastic, and spiritual standards; and are leaders in their community – inspiring, serving, and empowering all with whom they come in contact while addressing the social and economic ills of our society. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., visit

About Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter
On January 29, 1994, thirty aspiring professional women chartered the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The group gathered to implement and support the international programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as they pertain to the needs of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Today, Upsilon Alpha Omega, the first African-American Greek-letter organization in Gwinnett County is over 200 members strong, and has made a significant impact on the community. Karan Rhodes serves as President.