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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Federal Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Aqua Green
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese, Prime Rib Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Relive The Past. The Only Thing You Can Do Is Learn From It And Move Forward.

Birthplace

Born:
4/21/1942
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Federal Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Aqua Green
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese, Prime Rib Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Relive The Past. The Only Thing You Can Do Is Learn From It And Move Forward.

Birthplace

Born:
4/21/1942
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

The 26th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. (2002 – 2006) Linda White was born in Cleveland, Ohio to a dining car waiter and a homemaker. White worked for several years as a Social Security administrator while remaining active in the AKA Sorority. Under White’s leadership the Sorority established the Ivy Reading AKAdemy and initiated the Centennial Traveling exhibit.

Raised in Chicago, White graduated from Parker High School in 1959 before matriculating to Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Clark, White became active with the AKA Sorority and received her B.A. degree in 1963. She later went to the University of Chicago where she completed her M.A. degree in 1969. After earning a certificate in systems from Stanford University, White moved to Washington, D.C. in 1971 to work as a management analyst in the Department of Health and Human Services. She served in that capacity for two years before returning to Chicago, where she worked for the Social Security Administration. There, White rose to the rank of area director, managing the Chicago East District Office and overseeing twenty-nine Social Security offices in the region.

Upon her retirement in 2002, White began working full-time for the AKA Sorority. Then in July 2002, she became the Sorority’s International President. During her administration, White’s plan was to push the use of technology, particularly the Internet, to facilitate communication both within and beyond the organization. Additionally, she has earmarked education, the family, health, economics and the arts as program targets.

Active for more than forty years at the local and national levels of the AKA Sorority, White has contributed more than twenty years of service to the organization's educational foundation and serves as national president of the committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and a life member of the NAACP. For more than fifty years, White has been a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, where she is a former president of the Administrative Board and past chairperson of the Council on Ministries and Pastor/Parish Relations.

White lives in Chicago, Illinois.

White was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 30, 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 Linda M. White's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Linda M. White lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Linda M. White talks about her parents, including the origins of her father's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Linda M. White talks about her mother Mary Fennell White's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Linda M. White talks about her mother Mary Fennell White's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Linda M. White talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Linda M. White describes her mother's work and personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Linda M. White describes her mother's work and personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Linda M. White talks about her father's work and personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Linda M. White describes the boundaries of her neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Linda M. White describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Linda M. White describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Linda M. White describes her teachers at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Linda M. White describes her experience at Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Linda M. White talks about activities she was involved in at Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Linda M. White talks about deciding to attend Clark College in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Linda M. White describes her experiences at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia during the early 1960s, including participating in sit-ins and marches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Linda M. White describes the consequences of sit-ins for herself and participating students in Atlanta, Georgia during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Linda M. White talks about her choice of major at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Linda M. White talks about pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha at Clark College in the 1960s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Linda M. White talks about pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha at Clark College in the 1960s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Linda M. White talks about the history and purpose of the Alpha Kappa Alpha organization, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Linda M. White talks about the history and purpose of the Alpha Kappa Alpha organization, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Linda M. White compares Alpha Kappa Alpha to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Linda M. White talks generally about black Greek letter organizations, including their importance for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Linda M. White talks about her transition from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia to the University of Chicago for graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Linda M. White describes her professors and academic experience at the University of Chicago in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Linda M. White speaks to work being done by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Linda M. White describes her life as a graduate student at the University of Chicago and working as a medical transcriber
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Linda M. White talks about her career at Social Security Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Linda M. White talks about the reach of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, both in the United States and abroad
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Linda M. White describes the most rewarding aspect of being president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Linda M. White describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Linda M. White reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Linda M. White considers what she would have done differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Linda M. White reflects upon how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Linda M. White describes being a part of a political forum with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Linda M. White narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Linda M. White narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Linda M. White narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Linda M. White's interview, session two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Linda M. White's talks about her first involvements in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and her relationship with Marjorie Holloman Parker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Linda M. White talks about the various positions she held in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, including president
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Linda M. White describes her initial goals as president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Linda M. White talks about the programs she put in place as president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Linda M. White describes what she learned and the data from the implementation of the Ivy Ready AKAdemy program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Linda M. White talks about the results of the membership survey she conducted as president for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Linda M. White explains the concept of sisterhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Linda M. White talks about executing her vision as president Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Linda M. White talks about the 2002 Alpha Kappa Alpha national conference where she was installed as president of the organization, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Linda M. White talks about the book 'Pearls of Service: the legacy of America's first black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Linda M. White talks about the lawsuit filed against Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Linda M. White talks about the risk management group she formed as a result of the lawsuit Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority faced in 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Linda M. White talks about hazing in Greek letter organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Linda M. White talks about the 2002 Alpha Kappa Alpha national conference where she was installed as president of the organization, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Linda M. White considers what can be learned from the past and the importance adapting to the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Linda M. White explains the concept of sisterhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Linda M. White expresses her concerns for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Linda M. White reflects upon her legacy as national president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Linda M. White describes the impact of technology on Alpha Kappa Alpha in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Linda M. White recalls planning with the national board and program chairs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority during the first months of her presidency
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Linda M. White describes the organizational structure of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Linda M. White talks about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's funding and budget
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Linda M. White speaks about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Young Authors Program
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Linda M. White explains how the responsibilities of her job prepared her to be president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Linda M. White talks about the programs she put in place as president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, pt. 2