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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Elementary School Music Teacher

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Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Apples
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1930
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Elementary School Music Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Apples
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1930
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

The 23rd International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc., Mary Shy Scott was born on July 19, 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Robert Shy and Flora Spearman Shy. Under Scott’s leadership, the AKA Sorority initiated an international chapter in London, England; established a non-military memorial to World War II veterans; helped to encourage reading through a partnership with the Library of Congress; and completed the building of an addition to the national headquarters.

Raised in Atlanta where she attended public elementary and high schools, Scott went on to enroll at Spelman College, where she graduated with her B.A. degree. In 1953, Scott was initiated into the Kappa Omega Chapter of the AKA Sorority. She continued her education by earning her M.A. degree from New York University. Afterwards, she completed her post graduate work in the humanities at New York University and Georgia State University, where she became certified in supervision and administration.

From 1982 to 1984, Scott served as the regional director of the Atlanta branch of the AKA Sorority. Later, in 1986, Scott became the first Anti-Basileus elect at the Boulé in Detroit, Michigan. In 1990, Scott was elected as the 23rd International President of AKA Sorority, Inc., at the Boulé in Richmond, Virginia. As international president, Scott was instrumental in the first non-military memorial to World War II veterans at Pearl Harbor, dedicated to the unsung hero, Doris Miller. She also completed the building and financing of the third story addition to the AKA Sorority national headquarters. Then, in 1992, Scott used her position to establish an international chapter in London, England, which existed until 2006. During her administration, she formed a partnership with the Library of Congress in a national campaign to promote reading. She also renewed the AKA Cleveland Job Corps contract.

Aside from her leadership roles in the AKA Sorority, Scott has worked as an educator, elementary school music specialist and motivational speaker. She has received many awards and recognitions including the Prominent American Personality Award from the President of the Republic of Benin. In 1990, Scott received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mary Scott passed away on April 15, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mary Shy Scott's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mary Shy Scott describes her ascension to supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mary Shy Scott talks about her vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mary Shy Scott recalls implementing her vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mary Shy Scott describes her leadership style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mary Shy Scott remembers the influence of Margaret Davis Bowen
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mary Shy Scott recalls lessons from her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority leadership
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mary Shy Scott describes the Ivy Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mary Shy Scott recalls an irritation leading Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mary Shy Scott remembers a lesson from her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Mary Shy Scott reflects upon her success as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Mary Shy Scott reflects upon her tenure as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mary Shy Scott recalls paying the mortgage on the Ivy Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mary Shy Scott reflects upon her legacy at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mary Shy Scott talks about her accomplishments at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mary Shy Scott describes her hopes for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's future
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mary Shy Scott talks about the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's commitment to service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mary Shy Scott describes her ideal of the perfect sisterhood at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mary Shy Scott lists her favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mary Shy Scott describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mary Shy Scott describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Mary Shy Scott remembers her mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mary Shy Scott talks about her mother's education, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mary Shy Scott talks about her mother's education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mary Shy Scott describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mary Shy Scott remembers her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mary Shy Scott describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mary Shy Scott talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mary Shy Scott describes her parents' professions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mary Shy Scott remembers the Summerhill neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Mary Shy Scott recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Mary Shy Scott describes Edwin P. Johnson Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Mary Shy Scott lists her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Mary Shy Scott describes her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mary Shy Scott describes her primary education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mary Shy Scott remembers Grady Homes in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mary Shy Scott recalls her childhood music lessons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mary Shy Scott remembers World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mary Shy Scott talks about her high school aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mary Shy Scott describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mary Shy Scott talks about Capitol Homes in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mary Shy Scott recalls her teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Mary Shy Scott remembers segregation in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Mary Shy Scott describes Brooklyn School of Dance in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mary Shy Scott recalls studying ballet and tap dance in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mary Shy Scott remembers learning about race in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mary Shy Scott recalls living in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mary Shy Scott remembers Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mary Shy Scott describes her social life at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mary Shy Scott remembers her introduction to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mary Shy Scott recalls her early teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mary Shy Scott remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Mary Shy Scott recalls her active participation in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority