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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Seafood (Crabs, Shrimp)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
The Door to Success is Marked 'PUSH.'

Birthplace

Born:
11/17/1934
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Seafood (Crabs, Shrimp)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
The Door to Success is Marked 'PUSH.'

Birthplace

Born:
11/17/1934
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

25th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Norma Solomon White (1998 – 2002) was born on November 17, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida. Under White’s leadership the Alpha Kappa Alpha administration focused its agenda on “Blazing New Trails.”

White was inducted into the Beta Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in 1950. As a student at FAMU, White was the first female member of the famed FAMU Marching 100 Band to graduate. She graduated in 1955 with her B.S. degree and furthered her education by earning her M.A. degree in music at Columbia University. After graduating, White pursued a career in education in the public schools of Jacksonville, Florida.

White served as Regional Director for the South Atlantic Region from 1974 until 1978 and was successful in raising $100,000 for the United Negro College Fund. She later was elected to the office of First Supreme Anti-Basileus at the 56th Boule in Indianapolis, Indiana. In that capacity, she also served as the first vice-president of the sorority’s Educational Foundation Board. Then, in 1998, White became the 25th Supreme Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha at the Boule held in Chicago, Illinois. The theme for her administration embraced six target areas: leadership development, education, health, the black family, economics and the arts. White also initiated the sorority’s “On Track” after school program which targeted at-risk students in grades three through six to prepare them for middle school.

White is Alpha Kappa Alpha’s first Supreme Basileus to be part of a mother-daughter legacy and is honored as the first female member of the famed FAMU Marching 100 Band through Jacksonville, Florida’s proclaimed day for her.

Dr. Norma Solomon White was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 27, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Norma White's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Norma White lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Norma White recalls her election as supreme basileus of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Norma White describes her vision for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Norma White talks about her achievements as supreme basileus of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Norma White describes her leadership style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Norma White recalls lessons from her tenure at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Norma White talks about the challenges she faced during her tenure at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Norma White describes her initiatives at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Norma White describes her initiatives at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Norma White recalls her greatest moments as a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Norma White reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Norma White describes the commitment to service at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Norma White talks about the future of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Norma White describes the importance of new members to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Norma White reflects upon the idea of sisterhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Norma White describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Norma White remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Norma White talks about her mother's accomplishments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Norma White talks about her mother's experience in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Norma White describes her father's childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Norma White describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Norma White talks about her paternal aunts and uncles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Norma White describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Norma White talks about how her parents met