Psi Omega Celebrates 97 Years of
Phenomenal Dimensions in Sisterhood and Service
Lucy Miller Mitchell
Lois Johns Allen
Dr. Jessie Gideon Garnett
Clara Burrill Bruce, Esq.
Alice Porter Turner Walton
Beatrice Burson Miller
Dr. Edna Robinson Brown
PSI OMEGA CHAPTER HISTORY
Psi Omega is the oldest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in New England. In 1926, the chapter was chartered at the Phillips Brooks House on the campus of Harvard University by Regional Director Nadine Wright Goodman, a teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools.
The following seven women came together that year as sorority sisters in the spirit of sisterhood, scholarship and service:
Lois Johns Allen - Howard University graduate (1914), and wife of the Secretary of The Boston Urban League
Edna Robinson Brown – Dentist and graduate of Columbia University. She was the first black woman to practice dentistry in Cambridge.
Clara Burrill Bruce – Attorney and graduate of Boston University Law School. She was the first black person in the nation to serve as Editor-in-Chief of a law review (Boston University Law Review, 1925), the first black woman (and fourth black person) in the nation elected to a law review (Boston University Law Review, 1924), and the second black woman admitted to the Massachusetts Bar
Jessie Gideon Garnett – Dentist and a graduate of Tufts College. She was the first black woman graduate of Tufts Dental School (1919), and the first black female dentist in Boston
Beatrice Burson Miller - Howard University graduate and initiate of Alpha Chapter at Howard University. She was the sister-in-law of Lucy Miller Mitchell and became the first President of Psi Omega Chapter
Lucy Miller Mitchell – Educator and graduate of Talladega College (1922) with a certificate from the Nursery Training School, and a national pioneer in child care services
Alice Porter Turner Walton – Journalist at the Boston Chronicle and a graduate of Howard University (1916)
Psi Omega Chapter mentors and supervises three undergraduate sorority chapters in the Boston Metropolitan Area: Epsilon Chapter, a city-wide chapter, chartered in 1924; Iota Gamma Chapter chartered in 1974 at Northeastern University; and Lambda Upsilon Chapter chartered in 1977 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for coeds matriculating MIT, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. In August 2005, the members of Psi Omega Chapter established The Boston Pearl Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity, as a vehicle to complement the Chapter's initiatives to expand the scope of scholarly assistance and community enrichment available in the Boston area.
Psi Omega Chapter is the oldest graduate chapter of the sorority within the New England states.
For 97 years, Psi Omega Chapter has maintained an ongoing commitment to promote leadership development among Black women, support scholarship awards to promising young women and to provide in-kind and financial assistance to a number of organizations important to the welfare of Black people. The Psi Omega Debutante Program, Along with our International Programs foster the development of young women by providing mentoring, educational services and community service opportunities.
Under the sorority's international programs, Psi Omega Chapter has donated backpacks filled with school supplies to students and Cleaned up and refreshed community playgrounds. In support of community elders, Psi Omega, in partnership with the Edgar P. Benjamin Health Care Center, located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, periodically renovates residential rooms for residents of the facility. The Chapter has led the IVY AKAdemy, the Teen Mothers Project, the Emerging Young Leaders, and the A.S.C.E.N.D. program to enhance young women and girls.
Psi Omega organized, in partnership with several local Masonic organizations, a child identification program to promote child safety and recovery in Boston. The chapter has sponsored programming and donated books to promote childhood reading at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. Psi Omega has supported national initiatives such as Sickle Cell Anemia Research, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance, Alzheimer's Association, American Heart Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Breast Cancer Awareness and Research, and an African Village Development Program.
Implementing the exciting international programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is incredibly important to Psi Omega Chapter. Service and sisterhood have been the cornerstone of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® since 1908. With the theme Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood, the 2022-2026 administration seeks to build upon Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s rich legacy of service by galvanizing our sisterhood of more than 120,000 active members to lead on the front lines of change, education, and advocacy.
This administration has six initiatives. Strengthen Our Sisterhood will serve as the administration’s “Foundation Initiative” as we strengthen our bonds to support our service mission.
The remaining five initiatives will serve as the “Program Initiatives” which include:
Empower Our Families
Build Our Economic Wealth
Enhance Our Environment
Advocate for Social Justice
Uplift Our Local Community
These initiatives are designed to improve the lives of those we serve. We will work collaboratively to maximize our outreach on progressive endeavors and consistently produce leaders who will advance our credo of service.
Volunteers and staff of the Mississippi Health Project in 1935.
Volunteers and staff of the Mississippi Health Project in 1935.
Members at the North Atlantic Regional Conference in the 1930's.
1947 United Nation's Dance
1959 United Nation's Dance
First Job Corp Enrollee Leaves, June 1965
Harvest Ball at the Hampshire House, November, 1961.
Metropolitan Boston Alumnae Chapter, 1970's.
Psi Omega Chapter mentors and supervise three undergraduate sorority chapters in the Boston Metropolitan Area: Epsilon Chapter, a city-wide chapter chapter chartered in 1924; Iota Gamma Chapter chartered in 1974 at Northeastern University; and Lambda Upsilon Chapter chartered in 1977 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for coeds matriculating MIT, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. In August 2005, the members of Psi Omega Chapter established The Boston Pearl Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity, as a vehicle to complement the Chapter's initiatives to expand the scope of scholarly assistance and community enrichment available in the Boston area.
Alpha Kappa Alpha women are blazing trails throughout the Boston Metropolitan Area, achieving great heights in the disciplines of medicine, law, banking and finance, science, and the Arts. Notable members in the area include Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Judge Judith Nelson Dilday, Judge Marie Jackson, Carmen Fields, Judge Geraldine S. Hines, Dr. Jocelyn O. Joseph, Dr. Dorothy J. Phillips, Michelle Courton-Brown, Charlotte Golar Ritchie, Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Carol Fulp, the Honorable Joyce London Alexander, the late Muriel Snowden, and the late Elma Lewis, to name a few.
Standing at the forefront of community action, the Psi Omega Chapter members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated are committed to volunteering their time and skills to provide “Service to All Mankind” in the 21st century.
Our Leadership at a Glance
Beatrice Miller* |1~ 1926-1929
Alice Walton* |2~ 1929-1932
Alberta Turner* |3~ 1932-1934
Teresa Lew* |4~ 1934-1936
Jospehine Howard* |5~ 1936-1938
Lucy Miller Mitchell* |6~ 1938-1940
Wilhelmina Crosson* |7~ 1940-1942
Olivia Solomons* |8~ 1942-1945
Dr. Mary Thompson* |9~ 1947-1949
Myrtle Henderson* |10~ 1947-1949
Rowena Taylor* |11~ 1949-1951
Bertha Wormley* |12~ 1951-1953
Mabel Beck* |13~ 1953-1955
Della Taylor* |14~ 1955-1957
Lucille Hayes* |15~ 1957-1959
Anne Mitchem Davis* |16~ 1959-1961
Gertrude Smith* |17~ 1961-1963
Sylvia A. McDowell* |18~ 1963-1965
LeDonia Wright* |19~ 1965-1967
Gertrude Cuthbert* |20~ 1967-1969
Jacqueline Hargrove |21~ 1969-1971
Jean Owens |22~ 1971-1973
Yvonne Husbands* |23~ 1973-1975
Glennie Crawford* |24~ 1975
Carmen Fields |25~ 1975-1979
Pearl Owens* |26~ 1979-1983
Carolyne Lamar Jordan |27~ 1985-1988
Lorita Brockington |28~ 1987-1990
Jacqueline M. Thompson* |29~ 1991-1992
Frances Wade Nelson |30~ 1993-1994
Dr.Jacquelyn Roundtree,Esq.|31~ 1995-1998
Evette Layne |32~ 1999-2000
Janet Roberts-Williams |33~ 2001-2002
Helyn C. Hall |34~ 2003-2004
Angela J. Hunter |35~ 2005-2006
Letitia T. Harris |36~ 2007-2010
Desiree Y. McNeil |37~ 2011-2012
Dr. Kafi N. Meadows |38~ 2013-2014
Chenita H. Daughtry |39~ 2015-2018
Kathy Lucas | 40~ 2019-2022
Kristy Anderson Magras | 41~ 2023-Current
Kristy Anderson Magras, President
Chrystal Porter, Vice President
Marsha Charlton, Recording Secretary
Portsha Franklin, Assistant Secretary
Nicole Wise Williams, Corresponding Secretary
Jacqueline Neville, Treasurer
LaKenya Webster, Financial Secretary
Kathy Lucas, Ivy Leaf Reporter
Carmen Fields, Member-At-Large
Kimberly Edwards, Nominating
Renee Robinson, Nominating
Chenita Daughtry, Epsilon Graduate Advisor
Jae'da Turner, Iota Gamma Graduate Advisor
Malika Jeffries-El, Lambda Upsilon Graduate Advisor
Sarah Spencer Roof, Hospitality
Alexia Hudson Ward, Chaplain
Kafi Meadows, Parliamentarian
Alisa Drayton, Philacter
McCall Allen, Historian
Kyndall Saunders, Custodian
McCall Allen, Archives/Historian
Lisa Braxton Reid, AKA Connections
Kafi Meadows, Bylaws
Barbara Browne, EAF
Kristy Magras, Finance
Angela Jackson, Fundraising
Jae'da Turner, Graduate Advisor Council
Carmen Fields, Grievance
Barbara Browne, Hospitality / Courtesy
Nicole Wise Williams, Logistics
Shamikhah Baker, Membership
Chrystal Porter, Program
Kathy Lucas, Public Relations & Communications
Jae'da Turner, Pan Hellenic Representative
Kirsten Turner, Protocol
Jocelyn Joseph, Rituals
Sheneal Parker, Scholarship
Renee Lunceford, Scholarship
June Handy, Sisterly Relations
Kafi Meadows, Standards
Erika White, Strategic Planning
Tahjan Henry, Technology
Tauyna Garret, Founders' Day
Chenita Daughtry , 100th Anniversary
Kathy Lucas, pINKwell
Trina Bowser, Retreat
Ashlie Perry, Holiday Luncheon