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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
School Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Clams
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1935
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
School Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Clams
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1935
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

The 24th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. (1994 – 1998) and educational administrator, Eva Lois Evans was born in Memphis, Tennessee but lived most of her life in Detroit, Michigan. Under Evans’ leadership, the theme of Alpha Kappa Alpha became “Building the Future: The Alpha Kappa Alpha Strategy: Making the Net Work.”

Reared in Detroit, Michigan, Evans attended the city’s public elementary and high schools and went on to earn her B.S. degree from Wayne State University. She later attended Michigan State University where she received her M.A. degree and her Ph.D. While at Wayne State, Evans was initiated into the Xi Chapter of the AKA Sorority. For a period, she was affiliated with the Detroit Chapters and transferred her membership to the Delta Tau Omega Chapter after returning to Lansing.

With her career in education, Evans served as a classroom teacher, building administrator, Division Director, Assistant Superintendent and then the number two position of Deputy Superintendent of Lansing Public Schools when she retired.

Evans has served the AKA Sorority in a variety of key roles. At the local level, she served as graduate advisor, auditor and chapter Basileus. In addition, she served as Regional Director of the Great Lakes Region and at the national level, she was the National Program Chairman. She was also a frequent workshop presenter at Boulés and the Leadership Fellows Program. Evans worked with the Sorority’s 20th International President, Dr. Barbara K. Phillips, and helped to shape the national foci of her administration.

Evans was elected First-Vice President in 1990 in Richmond, Virginia. She was installed as the 24th International President in 1994 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of Evans’ administration was “Building the Future: The Alpha Kappa Alpha Strategy: Making the Net Work.” She networked with major entities in the United States to make this a reality including, Elizabeth Dole of the American Red Cross and the Pillsbury Corporation for a partnership in mathematics and science (PIMS) which became her administration’s signature program. She also began the Public Policy Forums in Washington, D.C.

At the 1996 Boulé, the Sorority made a $50,000 contribution to the NAACP, a $75,000 contribution to UNCF, and in 1998, the Sorority made additional contributions to the NAACP and UNCF of $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

In her home community of Lansing, Michigan, Evans has served as many “firsts.” The first female Deputy Superintendent of Lansing Schools; Campaign Chairman and Chairman of the Tri-County United Way; Vice Chairman of the Lansing Board of Water and Light; Chairman of the Lansing Community College Foundation; Sparrow Hospital Women’s Board of Managers and Trustee of the Michigan State University Board of the College of Education. Evans was appointed by the state governor to serve on the Michigan Council for the Humanities and was Chairman of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Evans has received countless honors in her hometown including the YWCA’s Diana Award for Excellence in Education; the NAACP’s Educator of the Year; Lansing Chamber of Commerce’s Althena Award; Crystal Apple Award for Education from Michigan State University and the Applause Award from the Lansing Center for the Arts. She also has served as the Grand Marshall of the African American Parade and Family Picnic in Lansing which began in 1999. In 2006, Evans was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 28, 2008 as part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Centennial Boulé 2008 celebration. Segments of these interviews were used in a DVD entitled A.K.A. Sorority: A Legacy of Supreme Service.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eva Evans' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eva Evans lists her favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eva Evans describes becoming Supreme Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eva Evans describes her vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eva Evans explains how she implemented her vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eva Evans describes her leadership style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eva Evans shares lessons she learned about leadership as Supreme Basileus in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eva Evans describes her greatest achievements and moments as Supreme Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eva Evans reflects upon her legacy as national president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eva Evans reflects upon the history and the future of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eva Evans describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eva Evans talks about her maternal ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eva Evans talks about the educational achievements of her maternal family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eva Evans describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eva Evans describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eva Evans describes how her parents met and moved to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eva Evans describes her parents' personalities and who she resembles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eva Evans recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eva Evans describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eva Evans remembers her childhood dance lessons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eva Evans talks about her love for radio and movies growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eva Evans talks about her church and schools she attended in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eva Evans remembers her love of studying and teaching English
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eva Evans recalls her mentors in school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eva Evans remembers famous peers from Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eva Evans describes her interests and activities at Northern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eva Evans talks about attending Eastern Michigan College in Ypsilanti, Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eva Evans describes her experiences as a student teacher in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eva Evans talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eva Evans talks about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eva Evans talks about her activism in the NAACP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eva Evans talks about the NAACP desegregation suit against Lansing, Michigan schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eva Evans talks about the impact of desegregation on public education in Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eva Evans talks about her dissertation on teacher expectations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eva Evans talks about her research on teacher expectations and its impact on students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Eva Evans talks about the work of Alex Kotlowitz
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eva Evans remembers Magic Johnson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eva Evans remembers her time as deputy superintendent for support services and deputy superintendent for instruction in Lansing, Michigan schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eva Evans talks about being the first vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eva Evans recounts her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presidential inauguration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eva Evans talks about preparation to becoming 23rd Supreme Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eva Evans talks about starting a public policy forum for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eva Evans remembers the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority convention in Baltimore, Maryland in 1996
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Eva Evans explains Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Take Five voter registration program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Eva Evans explains how she averted a crisis with the Cleveland Jobs Corps
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Eva Evans reflects upon her achievements and her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Eva Evans describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Eva Evans talks about her matured perspective on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's relationship to other African American sororities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Eva Evans reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Eva Evans talks about her community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Eva Evans shares her hopes for an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority senior residence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Eva Evans describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Eva Evans narrates her photographs